It started with Contractual for me and I have been a seeker of her work ever since. It’s a great skill to be able to write a story that manages to get under your skin for the right reasons and Alice has managed to do that to me every time. Alice Tribue is forging a strong name for herself and I’m excited to share is my Five Minutes With … Alice Tribue.
You have an amazing ability to get under a readers skin with your heartbreaking tales and still manage to pull off a happy ever after, is it important that your stories have a happy ever after?
Thank you, that’s such an amazing compliment. Yes it’s really important for me as a writer to give my readers a happy ever after. I know that I as a reader prefer them and I believe that my readers do as well so I want to make sure they get that. I want them to be left with closure, with the knowledge that these characters that they’ve embraced are in a happy place.
How did you get your start in writing?
I’ve always dabbled in writing but it wasn’t until I got laid off from my job about 2 and a half years ago that I sat down and actually wrote my first book Translation of Love. I’ve been writing books nonstop ever since. I love it.
Favourite character to write
I love them all for various reasons but I’d have to say that my absolute favorite character to write thus far has been Jackson Stone from Contractual. He was such a far departure from my usual Nice guy with a hint of Alpha, characters. Jackson is total alpha, completely arrogant, a little bit or a lot of a jerk and it was exciting to see his evolution as a character and how finding Sage really impacted him so profoundly.
Do you base your characters on yourself or on people you know?
Not entirely. I think there are always elements of reality that you draw from. Ellie’s house in Translation of Love was modeled after my best friends house, things like that. It’s not uncommon for characteristics of yourself or the people that you know end up in some of the characters that you create.
What do you like more? Writing the protagonist or hero of the story?
I like writing the protagonist, I love getting into her head, figuring out what it is that makes her tick and then figuring out a way to convey that to the reader. I really want you to understand her, feel what she feels, understand her thought process and why she does the things that she does. Maybe she can be infuriating at times, stubborn, sassy, weak… but whatever she is I want you as the reader to understand why and to connect with her somehow.
Did you cry when you wrote scenes of your book?
The only time I’ve ever cried when writing a scene was during Shelter You. There’s a scene where Mia is with Logan for what she believes to be the last time. She’s heartbroken but trying to hide it, trying to act as normally as she can but she’s agonizing over it and writing that… putting myself in her shoes and trying to feel what she was feeling was hard.
Alice Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits lounging out on a beach.