Interview with Alison Neuman, Author

I am happy to have Alison Neuman as my guest today. Thank you, Alison, for joining me on my website.

Alison, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside of writing?

pocket-back-pics-june-5-2010-011-copyI grew up with a rare autoimmune disease called dermatomyositis. Arthritis followed, which is why I use a wheelchair to navigate my world. I have always loved writing and have explored many avenues of the art.

I am an emerging playwright. My musical Searching for Normal debuted in the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2013 and my play The Sunset Syndrome debuted at the Walterdale Theatre in From Cradle to Stage, New Works Festival in May 2016.

I am a lyricist with three tracks appearing on the CD Outside The Window and songs in the musical Searching for Normal.

I am also the author of Ice Rose – A Young Adult Spy Novel, Searching for Normal: A Memoir, Don’t Eat Family/On Ne Manage Pas La Famille, and Help From Friends.

Currently, I am exploring the art of choreography and will have my piece Fix You in the November 18th and 19th, 2016 CRIPSiE Edmonton Show and am working toward my Master of Arts – Integrated Studies Degree from Athabasca University.

What books have you written, and what are their genres? What audience are they aimed at?

Ice Rose – A Young Adult Spy Novel

ice-rose-coverMystery novel aimed at young adults (12+)

Searching for Normal: A Memoir

searching-for-normal-a-memoir-coverMy autobiography aimed at adults

Don’t Eat Family /  On Ne Mange Pas La Famille

2-on-ne-mange-pas-la-famille-cover 1-dont-eat-family-front-coverChildren’s picture book aimed at kids of all ages.

Help From Friends

front-cover-iconA sequel to the previous children’s book aimed at children of all ages.

BOOK TRAILERS

Ice Rose – A Young Adult Spy Novel

 

Searching for Normal: A Memoir

 

What prompted you to write what you did? Where do you get your writing inspiration? What message(s) do you want readers to take away?

My latest book, Help From Friends, is the second in my Friends and Family series and continues the journey of Fluffy the Persian cat and Levi the mouse, who experiences a disability. Fluffy the cat was inspired by a cat my Mom had when she was a child. Levi was created because I wanted to have strong characters experiencing a disability in my books. The book tackles topics of peer pressure as the characters break the limitations of stereotypes.

Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?

Aside from the writing already mentioned, I write a blog which can be accessed through my website at www.alisonneuman.ca.

What do you find the hardest about writing? The easiest?

To be perfectly honest, I find editing to be the hardest part of writing because it is a process where you have to cut parts out that as the writer I have grown attachment to. For me, the writing is easiest as I just let the story guide me.

What’s next for you?

Once I am on the summer break from university, I hope to continue writing my next young adult novel, Hindsight. It is about a teen who discovers the boy she has fallen for is immortal and in danger, which jeopardizes not only him but now her and her family.

There are also two producers who are interested in working together on reproducing my musical and play for stages in 2017.

What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?

Authors for Altruism

One activity I’m proud of is the camp for children of all abilities that I founded, Camp Mission Access. When I was young, I was unable to go to camp with my friend due to my arthritis. Instead, I was sent to a camp with children who were experiencing health issues. I didn’t want to be ‘different’; I wanted to be with my friends. That was the inspiration for my camp.

Camp Mission Access has children with and without disabilities and who have or are experiencing oppression. Each child has an opportunity to find confidence in their ability and value in the reasoning that not every activity has to be completed in the same manner as everyone else.

How can we follow or contact you?

My website  —  my blog  —  Twitter  —  Facebook

Where can readers buy your books?

Amazon.com or Amazon.ca. Purchase links.

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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  1. Pingback: June 2017 Roundup: Guest Posts and Interviews | Beyond the Precipice

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