Monday, February 16, 2015

Interview with Alicia Willis

Alicia A. Willis
Alicia, welcome back to Homeschooled Authors. What have you been up to since the last time you were here?
Thank you for having me! I’ve been writing away, doing hours of research, and struggling to keep ahead of the hundreds of business related emails that come my way. As far as my personal life goes, I’ve been busy with learning ASL, finishing up my Bible College Diploma in Faith Bible Institute, and enjoying every moment of my relationship with my sweet boyfriend.

You just published the third and final installment of your series The Comrades of Honor. Was it hard to say goodbye?
Yes, in a way. I love the Middle Ages and it’s been a fun ride. But, after a decade of work, I was also glad to move onto new projects.

What is the biggest lesson you learned while writing your trilogy?
Persevere! Keep going, no matter what.

Were the characters of Kenneth, Brion, and/or Lady Clarissa based on real people?
No, I can’t say so. Although I’m sure some personal observations slipped into their dispositions, they were entirely fictitious.

As I read your book I got the idea that perseverance was a topic that was personally important to you. Is that true? If so why.
Rising to the Challenge: A Tale of Perseverance and Unconditional Love (The Comrades of Honor Series, #3)
Yes, perseverance is very important to me. Oftentimes, in ministry, writing, or life in general, we tend to give up right before we succeed. Persevering in the tasks God gives us is so vital. Only we can fulfill in our own special way the jobs He gives us. So we better see those jobs through!

The whole Comrades of Honor series reads more like G.A. henty than a modren novel. Why did you choose to write it in that style?
The Middle Ages is a special time period. I felt that it was better detailed in a more classical fashion. Modern writing would have taken away some of the special charm and fairy-tale beauty of that unique era.

What is next in your writing?
I am working on Grace Triumphant: A Tale of the Slave Trade. Depending on the how the Lord leads, this may be my last novel for a little while.

Where can people keep up with you and your writing?
You can follow me on my blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. I would be so happy to connect with you!

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