Alayne Smith
Young Adult Author
Q & A
Q: What type of author are you?

A:  I enjoy writing historical fiction.


Q: Ellen and the Three Predictions is your first novel, and it's a young adult novel. What is it about?

A:  Ellen and the Three Predictions tells the story of eighteen-year-old Ellen Jones and the predictions of Luella, a seer in the small town of Marshall, Alabama. Old Luella predicts that Ellen will defend the beauty, foil a dictator, and find the soldier. When Ellen reads the predictions after her mother’s unexpected death, this all seems quite far-fetched. This young adult novel is set against the changing cultural and political landscape of the early 1960s, and it traces Ellen’s emergence into young adulthood.


Q: There's a section in Ellen and the Three Predictions named Ellen's Notebook. Tell us about the notebook section.

A: Ellen is an aspiring broadcast journalist. In her notebook, she writes down all she learns about broadcast journalism from the people in her life, like her Aunt Zia who is a reporter for CBS News. The notebook is a textbook for basic broadcast journalism.

Q: Are you writing a second novel?

A: I have completed Educating Sadie, a historical fiction novel for adults, and am in the editing and rewriting stage.


Q: Is your adult novel tied in with Ellen and the Three Predictions?

A: Yes. The main character in Educating Sadie is Ellen's grandmother, Amanda, who marries David Henry Callander.


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