Letters to a Dead God: Author Interview with Alyssa Rauchel Love

Alyssa Rauchel Love

About the author:

Oh boy a biography! While I’m terrible at talking about myself, I’ll do my best to seem interesting. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, even if that writing was super cringe worthy, but it gave me a love to tell stories. I just enjoy writing stories that are entertaining; whether that be in fantasy, scifi, or horror. Even romance if the spirit moves me. Pretty much whatever I love to read, I love to write. I live with my cat and my husband, who’s known to give me good ideas from time to time. I suppose that’s it.

Describe yourself in five words

I’m funny, reliable, a good friend, and chill.

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I’m not completely sure. I’m a pretty open book, but I think people are mostly surprised to learn I have ptsd.

 How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

Therapy has been a huge help. It’s given me the tools I need to ignore, and deal, with that little voice that tells me to just give up.

What scares you the most? 

Not completing my goals. I don’t mind failure, because that means I at least tried. A better way of putting it, is I’m afraid of not trying.

 What makes you happiest? 

My art, my cat, and my family and friends.

 Why do you write?

To tell stories that I’ve wanted to see, but never did growing up, and to entertain people.

 Have you always enjoyed writing? 

I have! I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but usually those stories never get finished.
What motivates you to write? 

I do if we’re being honest. Which is both a great and terrible thing, because sometimes I like to give myself too long of a break.

 What writing are you most proud of?.

The book I just published! It’s the first time I went through the whole spectrum of creating the story, writing the book, and editing then publishing.

What are you most proud of in your personal life?

A lot of things. I’m happy I’m getting a hold on my mental health, which means I’m able to do more creative endeavors.

What books did you love growing up? 

How long do you have? Haha. I loved Interview with a Vampire, Someone Comes to Town Someone Leaves Town, and most anything by Stephen King. Twilight was in there somewhere as well, but we don’t talk about that.

What do you hope your obituary will say about you? 

That I was fun.

Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live? 

I grew up, and still live, in Montana. Though, I tend to travel a lot. While I write fantasy, Montana is usually full of westerns. Most of my inspiration comes from Sedona, Az if we’re being honest.

How did you develop your writing?

Listening to author advice on youtube and lots of practice.

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing and editing! The writing part is easy, but getting a book to be up to par is difficult, and getting the name out there is even harder. Both of those are quite a bit of work, but worth ever moment.

Do you find it hard to share your work? 

Not at all!  Whether the response is good or bad, I’m just happy when I complete something.

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

Oh yes! Overly so sometimes, but that’s a good thing. My brother, especially. His constant pestering gave me a good push to finish this novel.

What else do you do, other than write? 

I do various styles of art ranging from horror to calming fluid paintings. I just like to try new things.

What other jobs have you had in your life? 

Lots! I’ve worked as a post office delivery person, in retail, in management, running my own business, in the vending business, cleaning, and in food service.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 

I adore psychology and learning how the mind and body works.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Either in Spokane, Wa or in Arizona. Neither has snow and that’s all the selling point I need.

Tell us about your family? 

There’s my mom and dad and two brother’s. Who are both much older than I am. We’re a pretty close knit family, and see each other often. They’re very supportive in anything I want to do, and are just incredible people. Then, there’s my grandma and aunt who are the same way. I have my husband and his family as well whom I love dearly.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

I write on a laptop on my work desk. Sometimes on my bed if I get sick. Which is how I wrote this book.

How much sleep do you need to be your best?

At least eight hours. Anything less than that, and I’m useless.

Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? 

Everyone in my life.

Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? 

Finishing a book and getting it out there! That’s half the battle right there.

It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign? 

I’ve been promoting the book in facebook groups, by word or mouth, and am working on getting some signings set up.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?  

It’s kind of a funny story. My husband came up with a dungeons and dragons campaign that we never got to play. I loved the concept so much, that I didn’t want it to go to waste. While on a business trip the bare bones of the story started to play out in my head. Then, I got the flu that turned into bronchitis. I was stuck in bed for a month with nothing else to do, but write. So, I did.

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

I enjoy throwing dinner parties, playing board games, or hanging out with friends. Either that, or I enjoy painting and video games.

What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?

I just want people to be entertained and feel represented.

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