Interview with Allie May
Allie May is a fantasy author and mother of the world’s cutest dog. She runs a blog, Hypergraphia. Hypergraphia means the overwhelming and uncontrollable impulse to write, and she combats it by writing fantasy novels and blogging twice a week, which I consider an impressive commitment.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was based off a dream I had when I was twelve. My little sister and I were kidnapped and raised in a little fisherman’s village. It was the story of our friendships and getting back to our family. It was not realistic at all, but it inspired me to continue writing.
Have you ever considered writing in another genre? I’ve noticed that a lot of fantasy authors write in lots of different genres. Tanya Huff once said at a convention I was at that she considered herself a “commercial’ writer — how about you?
Yes. I’ve started books that are historical fiction, and I’ve tried to write inspirational fiction, but they’re not as exciting to me as fantasy. Being able to do whatever I want without being constrained by the laws of our world is as close as I can get to actually having magic.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I love writing by hand. I’ve got a collection of notebooks that I use to write scenes and get my creativity flowing. The computer is hard because staring at the blinking cursor stresses me out. I usually have to start writing by hand, then I switch to the computer when my hand can’t keep up with my brain.
OMG you sound so much like me! That’s exactly how I am with my writing. Let’s compare families — what does your family think of your writing?
My family has always been very supportive of my dream to be a writer. My parents knew I would be a writer before I did, so when I said that I wanted to write books, they replied with, “We know.” My dad likes to read my writing and give me feedback, and he follows my blog most of the time. And my husband is wonderful about it, too. He’s always been very encouraging of me following my dreams, and loves to hear what I’m writing about. He encouraged me to take time off work so I could finish my novel, Powerful, and celebrated with me when I finished the first draft. Whenever I’m discouraged, he reminds me why I love doing this.
That’s so sweet. I bet it helps keep you motivated. How often do you write? Do you have a special time during the day to write?
In a perfect world, I’d write every afternoon and evening. I’m most creative late at night right before bed, but due to my work schedule I had to become more flexible with my writing time. I’m most productive between noon and 3 pm now.
About Allie May
When I’m not writing or working, I’m usually at Disneyland. I’m currently editing my novel, Powerful, while working on another novel that I started when I was twelve called A Fairy’s Tale. On the weekends, you might catch a glimpse of me in the shadows as a lightsaber-wielding superhero.