It's time for an Author Interview!
Today I'm pleased to bring you Allison Wells who so graciously consented to this online interview.
It sure would have been fun if we could have done this in person outside at a cafe in Clemson, right?
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Hi, Allison, welcome to Whispers in Purple! I’m so excited to be hosting you and your debut book, War-Torn Heart. I have all kinds of questions to ask about it, but first, let’s find out a little bit about you.
Tell us five random things about you.
1. My family has been in South Carolina since the 1640s.
2. I was a wedding photographer from 2005 to 2011.
3. I was a trombone player and now my daughter is playing as well.
4. I have 8 tattoos and would love more.
5. I wrote War-Torn Heart in 2005 when going through a time of infertility.
I’m always curious about other writers’ habits, quirks and such: background music or complete silence? snack while you write? Share a few of yours.
I have four children, so my writing habits have to be adaptable. What I would prefer often has to give way to what I can manage. Right now my preschooler is watching a show in the living room while I’m trying to work in the dining room. I would love quiet or era-appropriate music when I write, but usually, it’s kids television shows. I’ve learned to tune most of it out.
Describe your favorite writing space.
Right now it’s the dining room table. I wish I had a “she-shed” to escape to, but I don’t. I have to be accessible for the little people in the house. But my dining room table is a good height for me type at, and it is away from the television but still where I am easy to find.
What’s your typical writing day like?
I don’t think I have one! I have to write when I have time. It’s hard from home because then I have piles of laundry looking at me, or kids who need help with homework. They are my priority. I do try to write while my youngest is in preschool during the morning, or after everyone is in bed at night.
World War II stories never seem to lose their popularity, and I am no exception. So, tell us … how did you come to write War-Torn Heart? In other words, why did you choose this genre and this era?
About the book:
Back Cover: Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.
As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey. Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey's love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby's heart?
War-Torn Heart is a Kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make readers cry, scream, and long for more.