It’s all coming together! My debut novel, The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus, is opening for pre-order on Friday, March 15th!
In preparation for that upcoming milestone, I’ve sat down to speak with Dawn Vogel of Mad Scientist Journal, who I have been lucking enough to publish with a few times in the past.
DV: Tell us a bit about yourself!
Alanna McFall: My name is Alanna McFall and I’m a writer based out of the Bay Area in California. I’m originally from Minnesota, but I’ve spent the last handful of years bouncing back and forth between the coasts. I’ve been publishing short stories and ten-minute plays for a while now (including a few with Mad Scientist Journal, mostly about some bedraggled minions working under an evil overlord), but this is my first full-length novel. I spend most of my non-writing time working as an administrator at a circus theater in Oakland, and visiting my fiance Andrea who lives up in British Columbia.
DV: What inspired you to write The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus?
AM: This is going to sound ridiculous, but a random prompt generator, actually. I was coming up with what I wanted to write for National Novel Writing Month in 2014 (an online writing competition where people try to write 50,000 words in the month of November) and no ideas were really sticking. I clicked through a prompt generator a few times mostly as a writing exercise, and ended up with something about ghosts and road trips. I had already been toying with the idea of a story about mimes, and somehow the two got combined in my head. I sprinted through the first draft for that year’s Nano, then spent the next very long while sorting it out into something coherent.