Friday, April 08, 2011
An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at http://www.alliepleiter.com/ or her knitting blog at http://www.destiknitions.blogspot.com/
Welcome back, Allie. Why did you become an author?
Unlike most writers, my career chose me rather than my pursuing it. A friend, who happened to be in publishing, essentially dared me to try my hand at romance novels. I sold the very first book I wrote (please, don’t hate me!). I tell people God set it up so that I couldn’t take any credit for it because He knew if I could, I would.
I just love those God Appointments. I've had a few myself. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Oh, that’s easy. I’d travel around the world telling funny stories to groups of knitters, visiting knitting shops, lecturing on luxury cruises, finding all the world’s best coffee bars. Any publishers out there want to partner up with me? I’d write the most fascinating travel memoir!
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I’m a huge fan of epic English poetry, so medieval England would be my choice--but only if I could transport in a few modern conveniences like antibiotics and lattes.
What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I’d really like to see Hawaii. It just sounds like heaven on earth to me.
One of my dreams, too. How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
My family and I will be traveling to Europe for the first time this year, going on a cruise to Italy and Spain. I’m absolutely thrilled.
Sounds like a lot of fun. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
Oh my goodness this could fill a book. We’ve come through a major medical crisis in the past year, and I am now learning how to rest and restore my spirit. I’m a jump-ahead kind of person, so this hold-still-and-heal is foreign to me. I’ve realized, however, that it’s the same trust muscle that got me through the tough parts, just a new use for it.
Tell us about the featured book.
Back cover copy:
A gold-rush town is no place for a single mother. But widow Lana Bristow won’t abandon the only home her son has ever known. She’ll fight to remain in Treasure Creek, Alaska—even if it means wedding Mack Tanner, the man she blames for her husband’s death. Mack sees marriage as his duty, the only way to protect his former business partner’s family. Yet what starts as an obligation changes as his spoiled socialite bride proves to be a woman of strength and grace. A woman who shows Mack the only treasure he needs is her heart.
I can hardly wait to read it. By the way, I love your cover. Please give us the first page of the book.
Mack Tanner looked up to see a raging storm coming toward him.
“Good morning,” said the storm, otherwise known as Lana Bristow. Each syllable of her greeting was sharp and steely. She stood in that particular way he called her “speechifying” stance, which heralded an oncoming verbal assault. Mack spread his own feet, not particularly eager to endure whatever was coming in front of the half-dozen gold rush stampeders he’d managed to hire off the Chilkoot Trail to build his new General Store.
Lana’s blond hair was a nest of frayed locks, strands sticking wildly out of the careful twist she usually wore. Her apron hung diagonally across that impossibly tiny waist of hers, with a wide smear of something dark that matched the smudge currently gracing her son Georgie’s chin. The brooch she always wore at her neck--that silly, frilly flower thing with all the golden swirls on it--was gone. It was held bent and misshapen, he noticed with a gulp, in her left hand while she clamped two-year-old Georgie to one hip with her right. One side of her hem was soaked and the boy sported only one shoe.
More was amiss than the argument he’d had with Lana last night, that was certain. They’d gone at it again over Lana’s accounts last night--her mounting debts had been a constant sore spot between them since her husband Jed--Mack’s best friend--had died in the Palm Sunday avalanche. She’d caught him monkeying with her store credit again, giving her more than what she paid for and “misplacing” numerous bills. And yes, Mack had taken it upon himself to slash her debt so that no one in Treasure Creek would guess the sorry state of her finances.
He owed her that much.
She didn’t see it that way.
Now I know I have to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is http://www.alliepleiter.com/ and if you enjoy knitting, my knitting blog is http://www.destiknitions.blogspot.com/
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