Born in New Jersey, A. L. Jambor now lives on the West Coast of Florida with her husband, Hans, a canine named Trixie and a cat named Sammy. In 2010 she decided to start putting some of her ideas down on paper, and with the encouragement of her good friend, Loraine, she wrote a book called But the Children Survived. Her success with that book led her to write a series called Pello Island. A prolific writer, A.L. can be found on Wattpad where she regularly contributes short stories. When she’s not writing, A.L. enjoys a good movie or TV show, and visits with her grandchildren. She also plans to do some traveling now that she’s retired. First stop – Legoland!
What inspires you to write?
Literally anything can inspire me. Often I will be doing the dishes and I’ll suddenly find myself in the middle of a meadow where a young girl is reading the journal of a long dead scientist. Or, see a girl running down the hall of my mobile home carrying a dog under her arm. Then I have to figure out why she’s running, and from whom.
For years story lines have been floating around my head. I really don’t need to see something, or hear something. They just show up when I least expect it.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I finally decide to put my story on paper, it usually happens after it churns around in my head for a while. I will act it out if necessary, until I’ve worked out all the points to make the story make sense, then I’ll start to write. I’ve learned a lot since my first book, But the Children Survived. I’ve studied to learn more about character development, etc., and my first draft is usually pretty bad. But it’s just a skeleton with all the major plot points. After that, I begin to add flesh to the bones, so to speak, and shape it into a cohesive story. Then it goes to the editor, who tears it apart, but it’s necessary. A great deal of work goes into each book, and hopefully it shows when it gets into the hands of the readers.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They talk to me constantly. I usually play act so I can get the dialog to work. My stories run like a movie in my head. They play from beginning to end, and I take all the parts. I can pause and rewind or fast forward depending on what pops into my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Writing is actually the best way to learn how to write. But you also have to be able to look at criticism in a different way. I’ve listened to the people who don’t like my books, but only if they’ve taken the time to write why they didn’t like it. Negative reviews can be helpful.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Truthfully, I have no patience. If I had to wait for 1000 rejections before something happened, my head would explode. I chose to self-publish because I’ve reached an age where time is of the essence, and I don’t want to waste one minute. I do use an editor, though. I respect my readers, and they should be given the best product I can provide.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be print books, but we live in a digital world. Ebooks are the future.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print