Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
I’m Alicia Kobishop, mom to an eleven-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl, wife to a super-supportive husband, resident of my hometown–Milwaukee, WI.
When and Why did you start to write?
In late 2012/early 2013, four people in my life passed away within a matter of months…all deaths completely unrelated. The sudden losses forced me to realize how short life actually is and that tomorrow is never guaranteed. It made me re-evaluate my passions in life, and compelled me to try many new things (including auditioning for a role in an independent film–crazy, right?). I lost my passion for the administrative healthcare career that I had fallen into straight out of high school. I was good at my career, but I had never actually chosen it.
During this challenging time, I began reading fiction again, after years of never picking up a book. I wanted to find out what the “big deal” was about the Fifty-Shades series, so I read it (and loved it). From there, I devoured Beautiful Disaster, Thoughtless, Fallen Too Far, Easy, On the Island, Beautiful Stranger, and so many more. I was hooked!
The more I read, the more absorbed I became with the idea to write a book of my own (something I may never have considered had I not been thinking of how short life really is). On a whim, I sat down in front of a Word Doc, and started The Fine Line, writing scenes as they came to me, letting the characters write their story, not knowing if anything would ever come of it, or if I’d even finish it. After six months of writing, Liv and Logan’s story was complete. After some thought (and encouragement from my husband) I made the decision to have it edited, and ultimately self-published it.
When writing the story, I loved the feeling of being in-the-zone, or fully submersed within the minds of the characters while writing their scenes. I found a passion for writing that I never even knew I had. For that reason, I made the decision that I wanted to try to make a career out of this thing I loved to do, and I haven’t looked back since.
What authors do you always read or suggest to others?
What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?
The characters & story have minds of their own. I could plan every detail of a story, but while writing, it always seems to take on a whole new life and never ends up exactly how I plan it.
What are you working on now?
Spark. Erotic romance meets women’s fiction. It’s heartbreaking. It’s sexy. Maybe too sexy for my family or people in my personal life to read…I’m seriously considering publishing it under a pen-name. 😉
When writing are you a pantser or plotter?
My initial reaction to this question is that I’m a total pantser.
Don’t get me wrong…it absolutely helps to have a general idea of how each scene will go, or how the story will play out and end up, but for me, part of the magic is allowing the story tell itself. Limiting myself to my “plan” inhibits my writing process just as much as following a specific, detailed plan does.
Ultimately, for me, there is a balance between plotting and pantsing. 🙂
What are your social links?
Kobishop Korner Cafe (FB Group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/184397705280129/
What are your buy links?
Exclusive on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Alicia-Kobishop/e/B00I81D97Y
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00I81D97Y
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2aOh4Xj
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2aj6xUs
The Fragile Line HERE