Alice Yi-Li Yeh
Q: How did you come up with your story?
Honestly, this book came out of nowhere. I started off with the first line, which originally contained profanity as did a good chunk of the novel. As I opened my mind to what that initial sentence could mean, I started picturing a grocery store and then a short, cranky woman trying to grab at something that’s out of reach. All of it rolled out from there.
The profanity was later removed from the story, and many scenes were edited out as I wrestled with characters as real to me as any human could be. Essentially, we argued, debated, and eventually compromised on what would go into the final product. Let me tell you, Marie and Jason are two very strong-willed people to negotiate with.
Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
My parents work seven days a week, and while some children may turn towards self-destructive behaviors, I turned to books to fill that void. The end result was a head that was half in the clouds but giddy all the while as its emotional depth was grown on a healthy diet of the written word. Early on, it was the Redwall series, followed eventually by the Iliad, the Odyssey, and a fair amount of Shakespeare. All of these demonstrated the possibilities of the written word – the lyricism, rhythm, and flow that can be generated from string after string of syllables.
What came next was the development of a backbone. You can’t survive self-publishing process without one.
Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
I’m finishing my last year of pharmacy school at present, so the answer to this is that I plan to be a pharmacist. I love being able to help patients receive the right medications and make sure that they know the proper way to take them. Ultimately, it’s about taking care of people, and that should speak for itself.
Q: Favorite genres to read?
History/Historical Fiction, Humor, Romance, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Nonfiction
Q: What are your pet peeves?
When my neighbors don’t empty out the lint trap in the dryer. Really, it’s the polite thing to do! If nobody cleaned that sucker out, the whole building would burn down, and then where would we be?
Plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the trash when the recycling bin is six inches away. Reduce – reuse – recycle!
Obnoxious license plates. We were stuck behind a car with ADOCTOR as his plate, driving 40 mph on a 65 mph highway. Why? He was hitting on a girl two lanes over from his convertible. ‘Nuff said.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love touching things. Okay, that sounds weird and possibly creepy, but it isn’t some shady fetish, I swear! I’m just a texture person. Soft blankets, smooth counter tops, warm bricks, etc. Leather? Bugs? Not so much. Stone benches? Definitely.
Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
I’m afraid of clowns, failure, and remainders on my credit card statements. There is no explanation for that first one; it just showed up when I turned sixteen and never went away.