It’s Mystery Monday interview again with Ally Shield

Paranormal author Ally Shield continues my Mystery Monday interview momentum!

mystery monday interview, chase williams, stefania mattanaThe lovely Ally Shields, who writes mainly paranormal and urban fantasy books, has a soft spot for fellow writers. Her interviews are very interesting and varied. She likes to show readers what’s behind a book cover and a story. When she asked me about interviewing me, I said yes straight away!

The interview went published on a Monday – that’s the Mystery Monday interview theme. Best selling and awarded author Christoph Fischer has recently interviewed me on a Monday too – here’s the interview if you missed it.

This time with Ally I talked about my writing cave and what’s boiling there. In fact, I’ve just finished the first draft of a short story, and I announced it in exclusive on her blog :)

Here’s a sneak peek of the interview – you can read the ‘hot’ part in Ally’s blog here.

What is your editing and publishing process? From the time you complete your first draft to its appearance at booksellers, what happens to your book?

STEF:  The process is pretty much the same for both the fiction (in English and Italian) and non fiction (in Italian only) I’ve written so far.

I normally write a first draft, then leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After some rounds of revisions (usually 2 or 3), I send it to my alpha reader Chiara, who is also the Italian translator of my mystery books. After she leaves her notes, the last draft goes to my editor Steph for the English version (I write in English and she edits what is too Italian). The final writing is pushed then to my beta readers, who read and review it. At this point the book is ready to be officially published and launched

Enjoy the entire interview at Ally Shield’s blog!

  • Christoph Fischer

    Lovely to read more about you. :-)

  • You make it sound so easy. It took me ten years to write my book. And after it was edited and published, I edited for three more years according to reviews and recommendations. I could have used some alpha and beta readers.

    • It’s not easy at all, Susanne! I used to have more free time a while back, and now life’s getting more exciting and busy, so… I’m not sure when I’m going to publish again! Plus, I 100% agree about the editing thing. We should write another post about it!

  • Marcha Fox

    I really admire folks who are bilingual and even more so when you write in both languages! That’s awesome!

    • Awww thanks, Marcha, your kudos make my day! It takes a lot of efforts from my side so I love your appreciation :)

  • This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your writing process with us.

    • Thanks for stopping by again, my friend! It’s always a pleasure to seeing your comments :)

  • Christian W. Freed

    That definitely takes talent. Kudos.

    • Cheers my friend! You’re always supporting, appreciate it xx

      • Christian W. Freed

        Very welcome!

  • Donna

    Congrats on the interviews. Good luck with your new book.

    • Thanks, Donna! I can’t wait to launch it so I can start re-writing it in English :)

  • EM Kaplan

    Great interview. :)

  • Grant Leishman

    Good interview – love to hear the editing process from other author’s perspectives.

    • Cheers, Grant! If you have anything to add about that matter, let me know so we can wrap up a guest post here :)