Q. What attracts you to writing about the monsters under the stairs?

A. I write fantasy because I’m fascinated by the idea of a hidden world existing below our everyday world. I love the contrast between reality and magic and balancing the two in a believable way. My imagination can really run wild in that grey space in between what’s real and what’s not.


Q. How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve always been scribbling, since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I didn’t believe, until recently, that other people would want to read what I wrote. It’s incredibly exciting to hear from folks who’ve enjoyed the stories I tell.  


Q. Who is Alayna Williams?

A. When I was writing EMBERS and SPARKS, I was contracted for DARK ORACLE and ROGUE ORACLE through the same publisher. Since EMBERS and DARK ORACLE were coming out so close together, my publisher and I thought it made more sense to use two names to keep the series separate…and the ‘Alayna Williams’ pseudonym was hatched. Though the worlds are different in tone and subject matter, I’m confident that folks who enjoyed EMBERS will also enjoy DARK ORACLE.


Q. Do you have a favorite place to write or a writing ritual?

A. I’ve gotta go crawl off into my hermit cave to write. I wish that I could write anywhere. I’m very envious of writers who can stake out some space in a coffee shop and get to work. I’m too easily distracted; I can’t write with the television on. And I can’t write around other people. I think it’s because I know that I’m chewing my lip and making weird concentration faces while I’m writing. I don’t think that anybody really needs to see that.


Q. Will there be a third book in the Hallowed Ones series?

A. Nope – THE HALLOWED ONES and the OUTSIDE were always planned as a duology. I love Katie dearly and I love watching her in her world, but her story has come full circle.



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