Alison Strobel, daughter of Lee Strobel, is the kind of person you’d like to have as a friend. She is a talented writer; her book, Violette Between, was nominated for a Rita Award in 2007.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
I didn’t even try to get my first book published! I knew how hard it was to get to that point, and I wasn’t writing to get published, just to prove to myself that I actually could write a full-length novel. I had my manuscript printed out in a 3-ring binder and sitting up in my closet collecting dust when a Waterbrook editor asked to see it. Definitely a God thing.
What has been the best part about being published?
Seeing my dream of being a published writer come true. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to even try to get published, much less actually be published!
What are your dreams for your writing? Where do you see yourself in five years both as a writer and as a person?
I want to be a much better writer in 5 years. Not that I think I’m a bad writer now–but I want to make sure I’m always improving. I’d love to be Jodi Picoult caliber someday! Personally, I’d love to be more patient (I know, scary thing to hope for!) and less lazy. I waste a lot of time. The internet is both my favorite thing and the bane of my existence!
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given/learned in your life as a writer?
You need time away from your manuscript to edit effectively. I’ve started figuring in two extra months in my writing timeline for a book–a month away from my manuscript after I’ve finished it and a month of doing my own edits before turning it in to my editor. I need that much distance to be able to let it go and not hold it so precious. It’s a lot easier to scrap an entire scene, or rewrite whole pages, when you didn’t just work on them last week. That and using the Snowflake method to outline. Seriously, that method changed my entire writing approach.
Alison can be found on-line at www.alisonstrobel.com and her blog is alisonstrobel.blogspot.com. She also distributes a free bi-monthly newsletter where she shares a myriad of things–book news, book reviews, articles on Christianity. (She’s doing a series right now based off the Scripture songs composed by Rick Altizer), and there’s always a contest with awesome prizes! You can sign up on either her website or blog.)
This is an excerpt of Alison’s interview, a longer version is available if you click here: Grit for the Oyster’s blog.