Featured Interview With Ally K.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Well, I was born in Uzbekistan. When I was three years old me and my family moved to Germany (we lived in Bonn, it’s a small town near Cologne) and lived there for eleven years. I went to a Russian school which was one of the two Russian schools in the whole country (the second one is in Berlin).
In the year 2011 we moved to Kazakhstan where I live now. I finished school here. Now I am a student at a Russian university and a technical translator for my father’s IT firm.
Sadly I don’t have pets, never had any. Always wanted a cat or at least a hamster. Too bad my parents don’t really like pets.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
To be honest I hated reading as a child. But even then I always had a dream to write my own book. Funny isn’t it? A girl hates reading but wants others to read her work.
All that hate vanished when I read my first book. It was the year the movie Twilight went out. I didn’t really like the movie, but… you know… Robert Pattinson… That was when I wanted to find out if there would be a sequel. This way I discovered the books. First I asked my mom to buy me the first book, to find out if I’ll actually be able to read it. That was one of those life changing moments. I ate up all four books, I have two exemplars of the saga (in German and English).
Since then I haven’t read any other books, I just reread Twilight over and over again. Until my dad gave me Ender’s Game. I never cried over a story, that was the first time I cried while reading.
Since then I read when I have free time. I love indie books, I think they are so innocent in a way, not tainted by fame and money.
The first time I tried to write a story was when I was thirteen I think. It was a fun idea for a story, but so embarrassing to read seven years later.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I loved Stephenie Meyer as a kid, now I can’t read Twilight any more, I read it too many times to do it again.
I fell in love with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series a few year ago. She’s my favourite author ever since.
I also recently read an indie book I just adored. It’s called The Face You See by Amelia Legend. Now it’s one of my favourite books and the author has her place on my favourite author shelf.
Right now I read and review indie books of almost any genres. I’ve been doing this for a month now and I love all the books I got from the indie authors. Starting a blog to do reviews for indie authors was probably one of the best decisions I ever made. I found a new passion for indie books.
I get inspired by the most random things. Even a simple word can make me think of a new scene for a book or an idea for a new story. So there is nothing/no one in particular that inspires me, it’s all random.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Special Minds is my debut novel which is the first in a trilogy. And yes, it has a cliff hanger.
It’s a love story. When I write, I write about things I would like to read.
The characters I created are people I would love to meet in real life, simple and complicated at the same time. Millicent (Milly) Kale is seventeen, after finishing school she started working as a PA for the CEO of a very big company. She’s very serious in the beginning but lightens up more and more in the second half of the book.
Dean Write is a billionaire – a very fun, always amused, billionaire. He owns his family business and doesn’t care about money, because he just has it.
You can’t deny that these two characters are charming enough to win your heart over. They most definitely did with me.
I worked on this novel for two years, working on the universe and polishing up the plot. So I really hope you’ll like it.
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