Monday, 22 November 2010

With These Words - Alianne Donnelly

The challenge that made good

Hi there! Nice to see you here at E.H. on Books N’ More. It’s a great pleasure to be here and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share a little of myself with you. You can’t tell but there was a three hour pause between this sentence and the previous one in which I tried to come up with something to say. Mostly everyone who’s known me longer than a week is aware that I’m a listener more than a talker. When I walk down the street by myself I hardly notice what’s around me (unless there is a bus hurtling down the street while I’m in it) because I’m off in my own little world most of the time.

I think I started writing because talking to imaginary characters became less and less acceptable lol. It’s since become something akin to therapy. When I write the world is brighter, happier, and so am I. I get to tell a story as it should be, not easy by any means, but one where everyone who deserves a happy ending gets one.

When I started writing Blood Moons, it was a challenge to myself and a friend. I wrote the first chapter and sent it to my friend with instructions to take it wherever it wanted to go. At some point the plan was to compare the two versions to see how different they turned out. I’m sorry to say we never got to that. Somehow the challenge fell by the wayside to life, then we lost touch, I scrapped the first chapter and began anew.

I found the original still saved on a CD the other day. If I’d kept it in, the story would have turned out very differently. I’m saving it for years from now when I can look at it again and marvel at how my life has changed, just as this story has.

Blood Moons was my exploration of boundaries. I can honestly say that it went as far as I was willing to let it, and believe me, there were times when my mind said, “No, we’re not going there. Ever.” There were also times when Tristan and Dara veered off from my nonexistent script and took over telling the story for a while. Did I expect Tristan to have lived through such horror? Not until he started talking about it. Did I expect Dara to do what she did? Well, maybe. But I didn’t expect the toll it took on her.

I won’t tell you about the publishing process. You’ve probably heard the song and dance before; the endless editing, the submissions, rejections, more editing, more rejections, until finally that one shining acceptance letter… and then more editing. I will say, with pride, that I have accomplished my dream of getting a novel published. I get the privilege of calling myself an author and having my stories out in the world.

I am fully aware of how rare a gift it is to follow a dream and reach it. I cherish every moment of this journey, and hope the stories I write bring others at least a fraction of the joy I feel being able to share them.

Hope to see you around!

© Alianne Donnelly

Featured Book

Blood Moons (The Blood Series)

Author: Alianne Donnelly

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher details: Liquid Silver Books

Buy Link: Liquid Silver Books

They say no good deed ever goes unpunished, a sentiment Dara understands fully now that she is paying for a crime she didn't commit. It was stupid to call in a murder she didn't really see. But how could Dara have kept silent? Now a stunning -- scratch that, a dangerous -- man with a frightening secret of his own is telling her he can help. Yeah, right. A telepath knows better than to trust mere words.

The last decade of Tristan's life has been penance. All that time spent among the worst dregs of society might have made him begin to question his humanity, but he’s never felt so much like an animal as he does around this timid, delicate female. Her very presence stirs the beast within him; Tristan can feel it growing stronger every day. Any more time with Dara, and it might overpower him completely. But without her, he stands no chance at all...





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6 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 22 November 2010 at 15:46 said...

I have done the sending chapters to a friend thing too :) But that ended nowhere too

Alianne on 22 November 2010 at 16:39 said...

Sometimes it works out =) It can be a lot of fun when you can brainstorm with someone, or just swap chapters and go with it.

Erotic Horizon on 22 November 2010 at 17:51 said...


That sounds familiar to me as well...

I was too lazy to go further with my concept though...


Erotic Horizon on 22 November 2010 at 17:53 said...


I am so chuff you revisited your challenge.. I can just imagine the feeling you had when you completed the manuscript..

Congrats on the release, it is definately on my list...


Alianne on 22 November 2010 at 18:00 said...

Thanks, E.H! And thanks for having me here =) It's been a blast.

Chris on 22 November 2010 at 19:47 said...

A stripey kitty book. Mayhem would approve.