Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Alanna has always had a vivid imagination. She developed a love for poetry, music, sports, cartoons, and of course fiction very early.
Alanna ended up going to college in her hometown and earning a degree in Criminal Justice along with minors in Psychology and Sociology. Through her career, she's worked with at-risk youth.
Finally getting serious about this book writing, at 25, Alanna published her first novel, The Unmaking. She also has plans to make many more books out of the Rayne Whitmore Series.
The hardest thing about completing something is getting started, so my first advice to anyone who wants to be good at anything at all is that you must take that first step. My mantra is "progress is a process," because as human beings, we always want to see instant results. Life isn't like that, life will make you wait years and years until you will finally realize all that you've accomplished. So, keep pushing and working towards your dreams.
There is a difference between people simply criticizing you and people making you be realistic about your expectations. Write your goals down, plan them so that you see what you want clearly in front of you. Be prepared for push back from people, but also understand that they may have valid points about your weaknesses as well as strengths, so it doesn't hurt to listen.
Believe in yourself and stay positive!
Ask for help when you need it; do not let your pride get in the way.
Expect setbacks. Like I said, this is life after all. Still, what's a minor mishap to a giant?
I began writing because there is just so much I always want to say. There are so many emotions that I feel. How on earth can someone just keep all those things bottled up? Writing is my release, my first love. There is something beautiful about being able to paint a picture with your words so clearly that you can ignite emotions in other people. That's why I write.