Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I’m from the Ozark Mountains where I live with my husband and our dogs. I work as a catalog technician at the county library, which is a fancy way of saying I get the books first when they come in, pick the ones I want to read and then input them for the online catalog. When I’m not working or writing or being gobbled up by edits, I walk in conservation areas and national parks.
1. How did you get started writing?
The first story I wrote was when I was three. It was called Sally Is My Dog. I’m kind of glad that one is lost. But when I was in middle school I realized I wanted to be a writer. I don’t think my mom let me read romances until I was about 13, but I was influenced by authors like Harold Bell Wright, Louis L’Amour, Linda Lael Miller, Nora Roberts and V.C. Andrews.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I would love to dip my fingers into lots of genres. I think I would be kickass at YA, but sometimes I think I’d like to write a Christian romance as well. I’ve written contemporary and my first love is historical romance, but I’m working on a series of steampunk romances right now. It gives me the freedom to incorporate technology and myths that wouldn’t otherwise mesh with some genres.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
When I really have the flow down, the characters are co-operating and the story writes itself. When the next scene comes to me in a flash. It’s very rewarding.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing and revising!
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
I read and research a lot of myths. Everyone is doing vampires, shifters and a few ghosts, but I like to get in there and bring up creatures that don’t have such common reputations. Right now I’m looking at Native American legends, but I wrote a novella couple of years ago that features boo hags–horrible creatures that steal the skin of young women and suck the souls of the people a little bit at a time–that I’m hoping to expand in the future and I have an idea for the Irish creature Pooka, a nature fairy that often appears in the form of a stallion or a goblin.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
The fact is, there aren’t many steampunk romance authors out there. The very few I’ve read tend to incorporate more magical elements than I do. I like to let my characters do the magic in a romantic way. Yes, there is some magic, some mysticism and definitely some out-there kind of creatures, but I like to focus more on the romantic elements.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I’m absolutely an avid reader. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I’m reading, I don’t want to write. My favorite genre is romance, but I’m pretty eclectic in my reading, although I seldom ever pick up non-fiction unless it’s a biography or for research.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is The Sky Pirate’s Wife, the sequel to The Treasure Hunter’s Lady. One of the characters would not let go of me after I finished The Treasure Hunter’s Lady, so he got his own book.
After a tragic airship wreck, Captain Alwin van Buren is worried that his shipping business might fail, so he begins searching for a wealthy bride. He meets his match in Sophie Barnes, heiress to an airship empire. But after he seduces her and ensures their marriage—igniting a rivalry between him and her godfather—he learns that she’s as headstrong as he is.
Sophie’s entertained herself by reading the dime novels based on Van Buren, but the romantic character and the flesh-and-blood man are two very different creatures. She doesn’t approve of the way he captured her business, but she can’t deny her attraction to the Dutch captain. If it’s not bad enough that her godfather wants to break them apart, she learns that Van Buren’s airship accident was a result of mythical eagles that appear to have a grudge against him, a fact that he deliberately tried to hide from the world by accusing her godfather of sabotage.
But lies are a small problem compared to the danger their lives are in when they’re stranded in the Midwest at the mercy of beasts that were once men and the evil that controls them.
I’m hoping to release it sometime around mid-summer.
Links to Allison Merritt’s website, blog, books, etc.
Facebook – http://facebook.com/allisonmwrites
Twitter – http://twitter.com/allison_merritt
You can buy The Treasure Hunter’s Lady at:
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/130781
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read an excerpt from Allison’s novel, THE TREASURE HUNTER’S LADY , on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!