What drives a person to extreme actions? Actions that others, if they knew, would have difficulty understanding.
What's in Noel Valentine's past that impels her to save a stranger's life knowing that it could endanger hers?
In hot tropical Australia Noel pulls one man from a burning car but is unable to save his passenger.
When the stranger she saved shows up back in her home town of
Imbroglio is an understatement for the mess Noel very quickly finds herself in.
Tell us about your current release.
Imbroglio is a thriller with espionage undertones, but essentially it’s about a young woman who saves a man from a burning car and becomes entangled in what she realizes is a very messy and illegal situation.
Tell us about your next release.
I have a draft and a title: Dragline. It’s a corporate crime thriller and as the title suggests, it’s about spiders.
So far my published novels have been thrillers. The first, Automaton, was a legal thriller. The title is legal parlance, at least in
, for someone who has no memory of the crime they’re accused of committing. Australia
Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
Definitely not! I figure that if I’m lucky enough to get a book out there and noticed, I want everyone to know it was me who wrote it!
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was reading a bodice ripper—do you remember them—and it was so bad I threw it down in disgust and said, ‘I could do better than that’ and my husband said, ‘Why don’t you then.’ I have to say that twelve weeks later when I was still writing he asked, ‘Haven’t you finished it yet?’ That was thirty years ago. What he asks nowadays is ‘When are you going to start making some money?
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
First I get indignant. Then I want to cry. Then I think ‘What the hell! It doesn’t matter.’ The good ones vastly outnumber the bad. Mind you, if I think the criticism is valid I’ll remember it. Constructive criticism is useful; bad mouthing is not.
Are the names of the characters in your novels important? How and why?
I agonize over names. Silly, I know, but until I hit upon one that I think reflects the person I’m not happy. I think I want them to be appealing so the reader is immediately taken with, or at least interested in, the character. That’s important because my characters aren’t always immediately likeable.
Who should play you in a film of your life?
Meryl Streep, of course.Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?
I don’t do it consciously but my daughters say they can see me in some of my characters' mannerisms.
Do you have a Website or Blog?
I do. My blog is on the website. It’s http://www.alanawoods.com.
What are your favorite TV shows?
Big Bang Theory. Love it.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was a loner. I feel incredibly sorry for any kid that finds it difficult to make friends.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
I’ve had a lot of feedback about my first book Automaton but none of it in the form of questions. Just praise and encouragement to keep feeding them books. I’m hoping for the same with Imbroglio.
I was born in Leicester in the
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