Aalia Lanius Interview!

Welcome to the middle of June! I know it’s not officially summer yet but I hope you’ve been able to enjoy a little good weather and sunshine already!

Today I have a special guest: Aalia Lanius.

What can I say about Aalia? That she’s an author goes without saying, but she’s a multiple award winner for her fiction. She’s also a podcast producer and host on Unsugarcoated Media, using her platform to advocate for social impact through storytelling. Oh, and she’s a musician, parent, and grandparent! I am honored to have her here and pleased to call her a friend.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

As a child I consumed novels.  Through these stories I was able to fuel my imagination and go to places that I wasn’t able to as a child. 

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

This comes from extensive research, whether through books, internet searches, movies/documentaries and travel, but mostly the ideas come from something that happens to me personally in my own life, causing me to find ways to weave meaningful and purposeful positive messaging within the story I am creating.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When writing, I find that listening to classical music such as Tchaikovsky, is an absolute must.  It helps me get into the mental space of creating the scenes I am penning.     

When did you write your first book and how old were you?