I suppose my favourite thing when writing is finding that moment when my characters "live" and take on lives of their own. When I can envisage what they would do, say, eat, drink etc outside of the world of my novels or short stories, then I know I've got a character I can work with. Eileen, bless her, is my favourite. It is enjoyable writing for someone who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people, a delightful hypocritical statement in itself (not that Eileen would acknowledge that). Jenny makes a great foil as the daughter whose life is turned upside down. I suppose I've got to watch that I don't have too much dialogue in a piece of work. I find it easy to get addicted to writing conversations! The phrase "Is it Relevant?" is something I've got to bear in mind at all times. Of course the next favourite thing about writing is having my characters interact and strike sparks off each other. That's when the stories take off!
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.