#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Authorspotlight – A.L. Kessler

A.L. Kessler

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m A.L. Kessler (Amy) I’m a mom of two and we have too many animals. I love coffee and reading especially in the fall when I can curl up under a blanket. I’ve always told stories, but I started pursuing it seriously in high school, back before indie-publishing was a thing. I don’t have a traditional job, my job is being an author and freelancing, and I love it.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The first and the last book in the series are the hardest! The first book sets up the expectations and the last book better live up to the expectations that you’ve set.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Throw in a dead body? Or two? Honestly, I just throw in crazy ideas and then work them out. I’m a ‘pantser’ so I don’t typically write by outline, so if I have an idea I think will work, I’ll run with it.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t compare your path to others. Everyone’s author journey is different, and if you continuously compare yourself, it’ll bring you down and you’ll get discouraged. Take breaks, drink your water, and remember to stretch.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I spend about two hours a day on actual writing, then I spend an hour or so on admin work, editing, and other work related things.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Abigail Collins is one of my favorites (from Here Witchy Witchy) because she gets to say all the things most of us want to say, but shouldn’t.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

I’m horrible at picking out celebrities, but for what book, either No More Black Magic or my Children of the Apocalypse Trilogy.

What is your definition of success?

This varies from author to author, but for me success is where I’m at. I’m doing what I love, I’m out of the traditional work force, and this allows me to be there for my kids and all their fun stuff. 

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$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

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