Welcome back, Allison. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love the act of creating a sort of alternate reality—creating characters who are allowed to live outside of the normal, kind of hum-drum lives most of us live. I like exploding the ordinary bits of a life, taking just a short section of time—a week, a few months, a few years—and exploring the impact.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
This is going to sound so cheesy, but it was one perfect day at
DisneyWorld with my family. Everybody was
getting along, it wasn’t too hot, the lines weren’t too long—it was a trip we’d
been planning for a couple of years, and it was absolutely perfect.
How has being published changed your life?
For one thing, I quit my full-time teaching job, which has made me so much more available as a wife and mother. That’s the best! Another change is simple the number of people in my life—at all levels. I’ve actually always been not exactly shy, but reserved—perfectly happy with either my own company, or a carefully chosen small circle of friends. Now, I’ve met so many people—some actually in person! It’s an odd thing to me that strangers would want to know me, know about me. I’ve learned to be a lot more open.
What are you reading right now?
On my e-reader, I’m reading The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein. In the car (I’m in a season of road-trips) I’m listening to The Murderer’s Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers. My next book-book is Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes Waters. Next up is World War Z, a zombie-apocalypse novel, and Five Women, a 1960’s Rona Jaffe classic. I have a wide range of interests…
What is your current work in progress?
I’m working on the first in a three-book series set in the 1920’s—all three about young women who, in the course of their life, in some way encounter the first mega-church-building female evangelist Aimee Semple McPhereson.
Can't wait to read those stories. We must have them on the blog. What would be your dream vacation?
Seriously…I’m such a simple girl. It would be a full week at Disney World, three days alone with hubby, then fly the kids in. I know there’s an entire actual world out there, so I guess my second choice would be
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I usually start with a character…then that character’s story…then I have to figure out what would be the most logical place for it to happen. Sometimes, though, the setting is, well, set. Like, I couldn’t write about the early Mormon church without going to
And, in my novel The Bridegrooms, I
was entranced with the Cleveland Spiders baseball team that simply fell out of
history, so I had to go to Salt Lake City, Utah .
So, really, sometimes I don’t feel like I have a huge range of options for setting…And
when I can’t make something work, I’ll just create a little village on my own! Cleveland
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
That’s hard, because too often people are nothing like what you think they would be. But, assuming it’s with my husband’s blessing, I would love to have dinner with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. I just think he’s hilarious, and brilliant.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
This is where I have to confess to watching a lot of TV. Like, a lot. But, quality stuff, with the occasional foray into “
Top Model.” I lack even the tiniest chromosome for crafts, and so far time and
money have been total travel restrictions. But, I am a roller-coaster junkie,
so we do that a lot as a family. America
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Procrastination, insane optimism, the lure of the new idea, the overestimation of my abilities, the hours in a day—wait, just one? It’s always poor planning, meaning, poor scheduling of my time, and poorly sticking to the schedule I set for myself. I’ve yet to overcome it, but I’m quick to recognize God’s grace as He throws me a rope every time a deadline comes around the corner!
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Get a degree in marketing. J Seriously, writing a book is such a small percentage of living the career of a writer. On the writing side, though, I’d say to study, really study, the craft, with the attitude that you have a lot to learn, because we ALL do!
Tell us about the featured book.
Forsaking All Others is the highly-anticipated (and I have the emails to prove it) sequel to For Time and Eternity. Camilla Fox, the heroine in both books, is a woman caught up in the early Mormon church through her whirl-wind marriage to the handsome Nathan Fox. In the first book, we see Nathan bring a second wife into their home, and Camilla’s determination to free herself from that church’s grip. She only begins her journey in the final chapters of For Time and Eternity. In Forsaking All Others, we see her bring it to completion, though not exactly in the way that she envisioned.
How can readers find you on the Internet?My website is www.allisonpittman.com, and I also have an author page on facebook.
Thank you, Allison, for sharing with us today.
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