Tuesday, October 11, 2011

FORSAKING ALL OTHERS - Allison Pittman - Free Book

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 Ireland.

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 Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 Cleveland. 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! 

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 “America’s Next 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.

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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Wendy Newcomb said...

Looking forward to reading this book, I haven't read very many based on the Mormon faith but I am interested in reading stories using that faith.

Thank you for doing the interview and hosting the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

I would be blessed to win a copy of this book.

angela from KY

Patty said...

I've read several of Allison's previous books, but not the first in this series... would have to find a copy if I won this book!

Patty in SC

Rebecca said...

I would love to win this. It looks like an amazing book. Thanks for the chance to win.

I am from Oklahoma.

Coolestmommy said...

Been looking forward to this sequel. Can't wait to read it. And--laughed so hard at your comment to get a degree in marketing. Humor is good medicine!

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Lorna Faith said...

I loved your book "For Time and Eternity", Allison. I can't wait to read "Forsaking All Others"...please put my name in the hat for a chance to win!

Lorna from Alberta

lornafaith at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Cindy W. said...

I love the cover of Forsaking All Others. Would love to win a copy.

Cindy W.
from Indiana


apple blossom said...

please add me to this giveaway thanks
I live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

karenk (from PA)
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

I'm an Iowa farm gal and would love to win this!

Judy said...

This sounds like a great book. Please enter me into the giveaway.

It was nice getting to know Allison a little more. I haven't read any of her books yet...she is new to me.

Thanks for this giveaway.

Judy B from Indiana

PurlingPenny said...

Yet another great read. I'd love to win.


Joanna Richmond said...

sounds interesting.would love to read. enter me in the drawing God Bless Joanna Richmond,
Blanch, NC.

Diana Flowers said...

I have been waiting for this one ever since I finished For Time and Eternity! What a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win Forsaking All Others!

Diana from SC


Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

It looks and sounds interesting.
Please enter me in the drawing!
Thanks and God Bless!
Sarah Richmond

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks interesting, Please enter me in the giveaway. Thaks and God Bless!
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Aizess said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! I would enjoy receiving this book. The topic that Allison chose for this series is so intriguing.

I live in New York

Jaedyn said...

I've been waiting for this one, I love Allison Pittman's books! They're always keepers (and I'm picky, lol). Thanks for the giveaway!


Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

Nancye in Kentucky

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Jo said...

Sounds interesting! Please enter me.


Unknown said...

i love learning about other cultures...have a few friends that are Mormon, and would love to win this book. Thanks Lena for the chance.

mitzi_wanham [at] yahoo [dot] com

from Peace River Country, Alberta

Ann Lee Miller said...

Thanks for the chance to win Allison's book!

Ann Lee Miller
Gilbert AZ

Sharon Richmond said...

Sounds like a great story! I love reading and would love to win this book. Thanks and God bless!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Patricia said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway. I have had this book on my wishlist list for some time now. Hope my wish come true and I win a copy.

I live just north of Houston, Texas and I am a country gal.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Patricia aka Mamaw

misskallie2000 said...

I have read a couple of books recently with Mormon characters and families and really enjoyed them. I learned more about their religious beliefs and understand the Morman faith better now.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

I am from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Kristie said...

I love novels about early Mormon history. It's fascinating. Mormonism truly is an American religion. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.