Today I have the pleasure of interviewing one of my new favorite authors. I’d been hearing about her for several years but had never read any of her books until just recently. I picked up The Department of Lost and Found and truly enjoyed it. When I heard that she was touring for her latest release, The Song Remains the Same I knew I had to jump on the bus!
Please welcome Allison Winn Scotch to Teresa’s Reading Corner.
Teresa: Allison, with temperatures rising many people (myself included) are getting a bit of Spring Fever. What is your favorite Spring/Summer activity?
Allison: I have a few. For starters, I love starting out my day with a morning walk. Spring in NYC is infectious – the city really transforms from dreary and depressing to bright and hopeful, and that shift is really infectious and palpable. Second, I love traveling with my family. We always plan a few trips for the summer, and they are always the highlights of my year. Last year, we went to California and Europe. This year, we’re actually relocating to the west coast, so we’re considering a drive across the country! I can’t decide if this will be fun or totally insane/awful. Third: the ice cream truck!
Teresa: Oh wow, that sounds fantastic. I grew up in a military family and have taken many cross country road trips. I’d say if you’ve never done one you should go for it. They can be kind of stressful, but I have many fond memories of those trips! Are there any books that readers would be surprised to learn that you own?
Allison: Hmmm, I’m not sure, but I will say that the book that I’m most surprised that I not only own but totally love is The Hunger Games. I hesitated reading it for a few years because I didn’t think it would be my thing, but once I picked it up, I was obsessed and read the entire series within a week.
Teresa:I have to confess that I had the same hesitation and ultimate reaction to The Hunger Games. I was so sure that I wouldn’t enjoy it as it really just didn’t seem like my thing. What does a typical day look like for you? Are you chained to your desk at home or do you write while out and about?
Allison: I write from home, but I try very hard NOT to be chained to my desk. So that means that I write for spurts and then force myself to get up and get out of the house, even if it’s to go do an unnecessary errand. My day probably looks a lot like any other working mom’s: I take my youngest to school, take that walk and/or workout, then work for a few hours. I break around lunch time and run errands, then head home for a few more hours of work. I then break again to walk our dog. Once the kids are home, I shut down the computer (figuratively, of course, it’s really almost always on!), make them dinner, hang out with them, put them to bed and then have dinner with my husband. After that, it’s TV-time or curling up with a book and/or junkie magazine (contingent on my fatigue level!).
Teresa: You are right, it does sound a lot like my days! Busy and hectic and incredibly satisfying! Ice Cream… chocolate or vanilla?
Allison: CHOCOLATE!!!! But always with something mixed in. I’m weird in that I don’t really like ice cream without a bit of crunch or mix-ins.
Teresa: I love a little something extra in my ice cream too! What is your current favorite read? Are you looking forward to any releases this summer that your readers would enjoy?
Allison: I can answer both of these questions with one book! I’m currently reading an advanced copy of Nichole Bernier’s debut, The Unfinished Life of Elizabeth D, and I am really loving it. Her writing is really lyrical and yet also succinct, and the story is really compelling too. I believe that it’s out in June, so put it on your pre-order list! I also just read Joshilyn Jackson’s A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and thought, as I do with all of her books, that it was fantastic.
Teresa: Ooh, I’ve chatted a bit with Nichole on twitter and can’t wait to read that one as well. I’ll have get my order in! I’m listening to A Grown Up Kind of Pretty right now. I really enjoy Joshilyn Jackson on audio. Allison, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with me. I’ve really enjoyed both The Department of Lost and Found and The Song Remains the Same. I’ll be picking up your other novels soon!
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