Today we have
Author Allison Merritt
Welcome Allison, so great to have you here with us. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you for having me today!I'm from the Ozark Mountains where I've lived almost my entire life minus a couple of years in Oklahoma. I live in the same house I grew up in with my husband and our dogs. I have a major in mass communications emphasis in print journalism, but I'm a lot better at writing fluff than hard news, so I decided to stick to writing novels.
~ Do real life events find their way into your stories?
I would have to say yes to some parts. My parents were married 31 years before my dad died and while it wasn't the perfect marriage, they were very dedicated to each other and to our family. I try to put that kind of bond into my heroes and heroines. I want readers to feel that at the conclusion of a book, this romance I showed them is forever.
~ Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
Mostly just myself. I tend to be stubborn and pretty emotional over some things and I notice my female characters acting that way a lot. But I can definitely say I got that from my mom. I like my heroes to be strong and seemingly doubtless to the heroine, which I is how I always thought of my dad. Like he could fix anything as long as he believed he could. And that's an important part of mythical elements in a story. My heroes never doubt they'll do what's right as long as it protects the women they love.
~ Do you find yourself going back to the same inspiration for each story or is it always something different?
In my current series, I'm drawing heavily from Native American myth and ancient folk lore. I've been really interested in ghost stories since high school and a couple of years ago I got into cryptozoology. Myths and folklore really spice up my books.
~ When do you write? Early morning? During the day sometime or all day? After the kids go to bed?
I am not a morning person at all. I don't start functioning really well until about 10 or 11 a.m. If it wasn't for a day job, I have no doubt I'd be up late at night writing. I mostly work on my writing in the evenings after I get home and have some dinner.
~ How do you feel about marketing your book?
I thought writing was tough until I started seriously editing for publication and then I thought editing must be the hardest part of writing, but it wasn't until I started marketing that I realized it's hard to get a reader's attention when you're self-published. I'm thankful to have a good network of friends and other writers who are great for helping spread the word.
~ What social sites do you feel work best for marketing?
I signed up for HootSuite a month or two after publishing my first book. It's so much nicer to be able to go in and program little messages for Twitter and Facebook all at once, rather than having to do it all individually. Definately don't discount Twitter, because with hashtags you can reach people a variety of ways. I use Facebook quite a bit, and I have a Google Plus account, but my blog posts go there more than anything else. Goodreads still baffles me.
~ Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing? If so, what is it?
Historical romance was my very first love in writing. I don't think I've ever written a story that didn't have at least the thread of a love story in it. I wish I was clever enough to write a mystery, but I'm too much of a panster.
~ Do you always/ever see yourself as the heroine/hero when you write a story?
I was just thinking about this the other day. I always know what the characters look like, of course, but more often, it's easier to think from the character's point of view than to "watch" them act out a scene in my head. That way I don't get all bogged down by what each one looks like and I try to do accents in my head, but mostly I fail at that. They all sound like they're from southwestern Missouri or Oklahoma when they talk.
~ Just for fun, I have a few personal questions,
1) Favorite Male Actor - Robert Downey Jr.
2) Favorite vehicle - Ford Mustang
3) Favorite way to relax - Going for a walk.
4) Favorite ice cream - vanilla
5) Favorite outfit - A t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and flip flops.
And for a bonus: If you could pick any place in the world to live, besides where you are now, where would it be? (Of course, without the hindrance of jobs or money needed)
I have always wanted to go to Bora Bora. All those photos you see of bright blue water and huts suspended above it, it just seems like the perfect place.
~ Where can our readers find you??
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Merritt/e/B006LZV3QS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1342725428HYPERLINK "http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Merritt/e/B006LZV3QS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1342725428&sr=1-2-ent"&HYPERLINK "http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Merritt/e/B006LZV3QS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1342725428&sr=1-2-ent"sr=1-2-ent
~ Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?
My debut novel is The Treasure Hunter's Lady, a steampunk romance.
For years, Romy Farrington traveled at her world-famous archeologist father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.
Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.
In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.
print - http://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Hunters-Lady-Allison-Merritt/dp/1475118929/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
I also have another book in the series coming out in mid-September called The Sky Pirate's Wife.
After a tragic airship wreck, Captain Alwin van Buren makes a drastic decision to obtain a wealthy bride in order to save his flagging business. He meets his match in Sophie Barnes, heiress to an airship empire. After he seduces her and ensures their marriage—igniting a rivalry with her godfather—he learns the green-eyed beauty is as headstrong as he is.
Sophie knows Van Buren's reputation based on a series of dime novels written about his adventures. Determined to be more than an end to a means, she despises him for luring her into marriage. In fiction, he's a no-nonsense captain on the verge of piracy, but the flesh-and-blood man wins her heart by proving she's worth more to him than her money.
Their love is threatened when Sophie learns Van Buren's airship accident was a result of mythical creatures. Winged predators that appear to have a grudge against him, a fact he deliberately hid by accusing her godfather of sabotage. If she can forgive him for that, they still have to face the danger when they're cornered and at the mercy of beasts and the evil that controls them. The real test comes when Van Buren is asked to make a sacrifice that could destroy them both.
One final thing before we let you go today. Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share? I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to try and share but it's totally up to you.
I don't cook very often, it's a talent that eludes me, but one time I tasted some cucumber dill dip at a fair and I bought the mix. For whatever reason (bcause they can, I guess), premade dip mix is expensive. I thought, I know I can make a decent replica of this for a little bit of nothing. So here's how I make dill dip.
8 oz.sour cream
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar or Worchestershire sauce
2 heaping tbsp. dill
1 1/2 tbsp. onion powder
Splash of lemon juice
Salt to taste
You can eat it right away, but it's even better after it's been in the fridge overnight. Mind, this doesn't have any cucumber in it, but you can chop them up really small and add it if you want. Just be sure to drain them because they have such a high water content.
Yummy! Dill dip is one of my favorites so i'll have to try this recipe, thank you.
It was a great pleasure having you with us today and I hope you come back soon.
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Until next time, happy reading !