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Alana Matthews

answers the Usual Questions

According to her bio Alana Matthews "can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a writer. As a child, she was a permanent fixture in her local library, and soon turned her passion for books into writing short stories and finally novels."

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Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

Well, I don't really go to many conferences, but interaction with fans is always wonderful. But it only affects my work in that it's nice to know WHO I'm writing for. That said, I'm writing, first and foremost, for myself. If others like what I write, that's icing on the cake.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

I've gotten emails from readers saying they've stayed up all night reading my books, and those tend to be the ones that stand out to me. I remember many nights myself, staying up late to finish a book, and to think I've managed to do that to someone else is very rewarding.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

I have many favorites. So many that it would be impossible to name them all. One particular favorite is the late Joan Lowery Nixon, who wrote young adult mysteries that were pretty terrific.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

A musician or another author.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

A politician.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

I'd undoubtedly overpack. But an ereader filled with books would be essential, and a computer for word processing, so that I could continue to write.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

To attract as many readers as possible, but only by writing what I love to read.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

Knowing that I can take a blank page and turn it into something that others want to read. I have to remind myself, everyone once in awhile, that not everyone can do that.

submitted by Alana Matthews

22 August 2014

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Just the facts:
Born: California, USA
Resides: California, USA
I have several books with Harlequin Intrigue, but my most recent books are part of my new Parker & Coe series for Braun Haus Media's Love and Bullets line called Identity Unknown and Present Tense. They're being released simultaneously on September 8, 2014. They're available on Amazon.

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