Alicia Sophia Martin: Musical writing
Alicia Sophia Martin goes by just that, and while music is definitely an inspiration to many writers, Alicia finds it to be more than that. It’s one of the roots that help her writing become what she writes.
Her novel, 1,4,3, will be released in 2018, but for now, she’s doing what she does best!
When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was eight years old. In my second grade class, we had an assignment where we wrote a story for the kindergarten classes and read it to them. My story was a book; it had chapters, a plot line. My teacher assumed that someone else had written it for me, so I had to write another “story” for her. I’d love to track her down and send her a signed copy of my novel.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
Right now I am self-editing my novel, 1,4,3. It has already been submitted to my publisher so now we wait. It all began with an Adele song and my laptop. I just opened up a document and started writing. I don’t do outlines or brainstorm; I just find that perfect song and start writing.
What is 1,4,3 about?
Cam has lived a sheltered, privileged life, falling in love right out of college. Thinking she had found the one, she centered her life around Lee, but eventually the two go their separate ways. Crushed, Cam soon finds herself attached to a new love interest, opening many doors and opportunities, yet still she struggles with lingering issues, which spiral her into drug use and other coping mechanisms. Starting a new chapter in her life 2,500 miles away, can Cam let go of what once was, or will she forever punish herself?
1, 4, 3—love, loss, and doing whatever is needed to find oneself again.
What about music inspires you?
It depends on my mood. I listed to Lourdes remake of Everyone Wants to Rule the World on repeat for four hours the night I finished my book
Do you use one song or multiple for the same idea?
One song, on repeat, sets the mood and I keep going. It’s like the soundtrack to the movie that’s playing in my head.
What process do you go through when you write?
I don my jeans, a comfy shirt, my Chuck Taylors, I get comfy, ear buds in, I hit shuffle, close my eyes, and wait. If I am doing a particularly long day of writing, I have a dance party rule. Every two hours spent writing allots me ten minutes of dancing. Gotta get that blood flowing.
What have you found helps most when listening to music for inspiration?
Ear buds are a necessity. It pulls you into the world you are creating. It’s just you and nothing else matters. The day I finished my book, I think I wrote 10,000 words that day. I had to get it out and I wasn’t going to stop until I did. It was almost a primal urge. My friend compared it to childbirth. I had a C-section so I never got the whole experience, but I can see where she was coming from.
How long did it take you to write 1,4,3?
Maybe three or four years? I don’t remember exactly. I would write here and there. And, I forgot about it for a year or so. When I queried my now publisher on March 22nd of this year, I had 21,900 words and finished last Friday with 55,000 some.
How was the publishing process for you? Did you do any research?
Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Incorporated was the first publisher I sent my book to. It was on a whim. I said what the hell. They accept fiction in every stage of development. And within two weeks, I was signing a publishing contract with them.
What inspires your writing?
My life experiences definitely play a part in my writing. It makes the fiction that much more intense being that I lived it; I had those feelings, those emotions.
Give us insight to your main character. Who is he or she? What is his or her purpose?
My main character is Camille Sullivan. She has done everything by the book—went to college, got a perfect GPA. Never stayed out, never partied. Never did anything she wasn’t supposed to do. And now that she and her girlfriend have broken up, Cami has developed this “To hell with it all, what does it all mean?” attitude. She is trying to make up for lost time, doing the things she was supposed to do in college, in her late 20s. She is trying to become her own person, and it has been amazing watching her grow up. wipes tear
What/who are your favorite or most reliable support groups?
My favorite support groups. My wife for one. She was the one that said go live your dream, and now I am a full-time writer. My people at Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Incorporated. They are my RRPI family, and last but not least, my loves at Some Poets. I have so much love and support behind me, propelling me, it gets to be overwhelming at times. I want to hug and thank every single person.
Were you always good at writing?
I want to say yes without sounded cocky. Others are good at cooking and painting, some people can take beautiful photographs or build amazing models. I write. It’s what I do. It is what I have always done. So yes, I have always been good at writing.
What books or writing projects have you completed/published in the past?
Last year, I completed the 24 hours poetry marathon; from that, Some Poets was born. We are a group of folks from all over the globe that love writing. We are working on putting together out fourth book of poetry. Check us out at facebook.com/Somepoets
What genre do you enjoy most, and what draws you to the genre you write?
I am a contemporary and literary fiction fanatic. We read fiction because we want to escape, we want to be taken to another world, another place, another time. I want to break down the barriers around LBGTQIA fiction, mainly lesbian fiction. I want the world to see us as every people instead of hot blonde sex machines, and not everyone has a happily ever after.
Are you interested in self-publishing or traditional publishing? Why?
My poetry group self-publishes our poetry books. We do all the marketing, the design, everything within our group. My novel is going to be traditionally published. I am very fortunate that I found RRPI and they accepted me with open arms.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stay strong, kid; you got this. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, keep your chin, and finish college!
Do you have any advice you’d like to give other writers?
Earl Nightingale said, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Don’t give up, keep going. If you ever feel stuck, shoot me a message. I will help you.
Do you have anything else you would like to add?
I hope everyone will check me out and check out my book that will come out in 2018!
How can readers and fellow writers discover more about you and your work?
Facebook Twitter: @theamazingali85
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