Hello my fabulous readers! Do I have a treat for you?! (The title might have given away the surprise but…)


Before you continue, keep in mind this is my first interview, so if there were questions I was supposed to ask but didn’t- I apologize. Anyways, read on!

(Paige) What inspired you to write your first book?

(Alysha) I had a dream about the room! I couldn’t get it out of my head so I finally put it down on paper:)

℗ How did you come up with the title?

 (A) It just seemed simple and fitting- a room where you wait, The Waiting Room!

℗ Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 (A) I definitely wanted to send a message about growing and changing as an individual- Nina and Jude realize that over time, through many lives, people can shape a new and improved way of life! I also think there are messages about love, friendship, and belief- but those are all left up to readers’ interpretations!

℗ What books have most influenced your life most?

 (A) Anything by Salinger. More recently, The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Book Thief.

℗ If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 (A) Such a tough question. I think I’d have to say Audrey Niffenegger- her style is an art. It inspired me to start my novel.

℗ What book are you reading now?

 (A) I’m reading Zusak’s new one- I Am The Messenger.

℗ Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 (A) Zusak is new to me! I look forward to reading all of his work.

℗ What are your current projects?

 (A) I am focusing on marketing The Waiting Room right now, but I hope to start my next novel soon!

℗ If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in The Waiting Room?

 (A) I think I would make it longer! It’s a very fast read, and a lot of people love that. But there are things I’d add if I could go back.

℗ Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 (A) I think it’s super challenging to stay diligent and dedicated to your craft- it’s so easy for life to get in the way.

℗ What did you learn while writing the Waiting Room?

 (A) I learned a lot about myself, my philosophical beliefs, my emotions…it was definitely a journey of self-exploration!

℗ Do you have any advice for other writers?

 (A) So much haha most importantly though? Don’t let others deter you in any way…be you, do what you love!

℗ Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 (A) Just thank you! Self-published authors need all the support they can get! Every time a new review is posted, I feel like I can fly:)
And thank you Alysha Kaye for both the amazing novel you’ve written and the interview.
Til next time,