Alice Baudat was born in Chicago but now lives in Switzerland with her family and a few furry four-pawed friends. She has published two books set in a small town in the mountains (which reminded me a little of Joanne Harris' Chocolat) and is well-known within the GWG community for her delightful, humorous drawings. You can find Alice online at her website and, as you might be able to tell from her answers below, she has a dry sense of humour, as well as being rather modest about her work.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/writing come from?
My fourth grade teacher told the class to write a book. This was the only English lesson I got right! George and the Mushroom Men was the title of my first book (I married George).
What sort of writing do you do and why?
Fiction because it sparkles.
Who or what inspires you?
Inspiration comes in a flash, anywhere-anytime. I have many favorite authors.
Tell us a little bit about your publishing journey.
A long road never finished but then worth the painful and rewarding journey of a real book.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Sitting in my corner-and pulling the strings of my make believe world. Fictional life is a puppet show.
What do you find most difficult about writing?
Getting it right-making the words feel good-and then deciding to stop and go ahead.
What is your writing routine?
Afternoon, my dog in her basket and a cup of tea for revival.
How did you hear of GWG and how has it helped your writing?
From a friend of a friend-everyone who writes needs to know another writer.
What (if anything) has surprised you most since publishing your first book?
The plain fact that this hunk of paper is REAL. And a dream has become reality and there are more dreams to come.
What advice would you give to new writers?Just sit down and write-keep note of your inspirations-and don't feel that you have no talent because everyone that works with words does it in their own way not like the writer next-door. And don't give up.