Interview with A.Y. Chao on Scrivathon 2016

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I had the chance to interview Alice on the upcoming Scrivathon. She tells me all about the event, and how to participate in the charity word sprint.

1. Hi, Alice. Thank you so much for doing this. Can you tell us about Scrivathon and when it’s taking place?

Alice : Scrivathon is a 24 hour write-athon, open to everyone who wants to join. For those who wish to support Syria Relief, our chosen charity, we have a fundraising team on www.justgiving.com/teams/scrivathon. Individuals can create their own fundraising page and link it to the team page so that their total contributes to the event total.  

For those who would simply like to donate, we have a dedicated donation page here: www.justgiving.com/scrivathon and a have a host of incredible raffle prizes so anyone who would like to donate can enter for a chance to win.  

The Scrivathon takes place wherever the writer is—in their home, with a bunch of writer friends in a group, however and wherever you want to do it. 

2. It’s such a great idea. What was the inspiration behind it?
 
Alice: I was part of Pitch Wars this year, and was so inspired by the goodwill and camaraderie, I wanted to do something that was fun, but also helped those in urgent need. We have so many marathons, bike-athons, but nothing for writers who do their own form of marathon when writing a book. Putting charity & write-athon together, I came up with Scrivathon, a charity write-athon. 🙂

3. How can writers sign up to participate?
Alice: Join our Facebook Scrivathon group and get to know your fellow Scrivathoners www.facebook.com/groups/scrivathon.  If you will be fundraising, I’ve put together easy step-by-step instructions on how to make your own fundraising page and join it to the Scrivathon team here: aychao.com/scrivathon/fundraising

4. If someone is unable to participate, but would still like to support the event/cause, how can they do so?
Alice: There are so many ways to support the event:
  • Sponsor a writing friend! Pledge to give them $2 dollars for every hour they stay awake. Or for every 1000 words (on average someone can produce maybe 1000 words an hour, but it really depends on the individual and how quickly they can write) 
  • Donate writerly prizes for raffle. (email me aychao [at] aychao [dot] com to arrange details). 
  • If you have a friend participating, ply them with lots of coffee
  • Tweet Scrivathoners during the event on #scrivathon16 and keep us awake and writing

5. You’ve got some amazing sponsors for this! Can you tell us about a few?
Alice: We have Save the Cat!, Free Expressions (the people behind the Maas, Bell, Vogler Story Masters conferences), literary agent Beth Phelan, Author Accelerator, The Write Stop, to name just a few. You can see for yourself the whole (still growing) list of generous prizes from our sponsors here: aychao.com/scrivathon/raffle.

6. Finally, a few questions for the woman behind this event! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Alice: I’m an urban fantasy author living in London with two pooches, a cute little kraken (aka 4 year old girl) and my hubby. I’m originally from Calgary, Alberta and still miss those big blue prairie skies. 

7. Where’s your favourite place to write?
Alice: A cozy cafe with nice cakes and food.

8. What are you reading right now?
Alice: I usually have a few on the go to cater to my reading moods. I have Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earths, Iain M Banks’ Consider Phlebas, and Steifvater’s The Scorpio Races  on the go, as well as C.M. McCoy’s Eerie, and Lucas Bale’s The Heretic.

9. Any upcoming projects you’d like to talk about?
Alice: I’m readying my first novel SOUL AFFINITY for querying this November, and planning on starting the second in the series during Nano (and Scrivathon). I am teaching a revision course on Savvy Authors starting 17 October, and early next year with Lawsons Writers’ Academy. And finally I’m a Ficfest 2017 mentor. 

10. Lastly, if people still have some questions, is there a website they can go to for more information?
Alice: Absolutely! aychao.com/scrivathon

11. And that’s it! I’d like to thank you for all the effort you’ve put into this project. Can’t wait for November 12th!
Alice: Me too!!

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One thought on “Interview with A.Y. Chao on Scrivathon 2016

  1. A.Y. Chao says:

    Reblogged this on A.Y. Chao and commented:
    With one month to go til the Scrivathon, we’re getting everything ready. Testing out the word count application, and I’ll be putting up the rest of the raffle prizes over the weekend.
    Meanwhile some awesome Scrivathoners are blogging about Scrivathong. Here Hoda interviews me about the event for her blog.

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