Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Interview with Alice Loweecey

Alice Loweeecey stops by today while on blog tour to celebrate her new book, The Clock Strikes Nun, the latest in her Guilia Driscoll series. It's always easy to spot Alice at a conference because she'll be wearing her fabulous fascinators. 

But you don't have to track her down just yet because she's answered a few questions for us (and don't forget to enter her contest at the end of the post).

What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of your novels? 

Discovering how much I enjoy making people laugh. I never considered myself a humor writer until people began telling me how my books made them laugh. One of the nicest comments came from a friend who said she took one of my books back home when her father passed and it was the only stress relief she got that week.

If you could be any character in a book, who would you be and why?

I read a lot of horror. A lot a lot. I don’t really want to be a character in what I usually read! However, I also read a lot of manga and it’s not all horror. I’d like to be Goku from Dragon Ball Z. He can fly and when he fights, he turns Super Saiyan: His hair turns to gold, his skills increase exponentially, and he gets a glowing full-body aura. It’s so much fun!

How long did it take you to get your first draft done of this book? How much time do you spend in revisions? 

Seven and a half months. I have a Day Job and my family does like to get fed once in a while. The cats, too. Cats do NOT shut up when it’s past their usual feeding time! Then I spent nearly a month revising. I print out the final draft and load it into a three-ring binder. The binder makes it easy to rearrange, which is especially good when I attack a chapter with scissors and tape to make things flow the way they ought to.

What did you do to research the book?

Everything I could! I love research. I have to set a timer so I don’t spend all day at it. Because my sleuth begins host hunting in this book, I got to play with EMF and EVP apps. YouTube is filled with videos of people using “spirit boxes” to communicate with ghosts, people talking about their attacks by demons, and especially people who’ve faked ghost videos. Some of those are almost convincing. I watched nearly a hundred videos all told so I could learn how a good fake looks and sounds. Do you have any idea how big “haunted dolls” are? Then there are the real estate sites. I use lots of visuals when I write and I found the perfect house to haunt. I changed details to suit the book, but much of the floor plan remained intact. Except the chameleon breeding room. I had to tack that one on. No house I researched was inhabited by a chameleon breeder. Good thing I can imagine it! Also, chameleons don’t drink like most other animals: they gather water drops from plant leaves. I’ll stop now…

And if you need a little something to sip while you read the book, check out Alice's Drinks with Reads from her last book.

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Here are the other stops on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours celebration.

May 29 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
May 29 – Brooke Blogs – INTERVIEW
May 29 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
May 30 – Bibliophile Reviews –  REVIEW
May 30 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
May 30 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 31 – Mystery Playground – INTERVIEW
May 31 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
June 1 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
June 1 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
June 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
June 2 – Cozy Up With Kathy – INTERVIEW
June 2 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

You can find Alice on Twittter @AliceLoweecey and Mystery Playground @MysteryPLaygrnd