I am so excited to introduce you to Allison Blanchard. Allison was born on a horse farm just outside Augusta, GA, and is currently a student at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville where she is pursuing a double major in English Creative Writing and French. She is as busy as she sounds, and I am honored that's he has taken some time to sit and chat with me today.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I think I was 11 when I realized that I wanted to be a writer. Back then, I mainly wrote poems and short stories. Badly, I might add. It wasn’t till I was about 14 that I realized I’d love to write books.
Anything and everything! My first book was inspired by my Dad, who had died when I was 15, three months before I began writing my first novel, “Forget Me Not.” But inspiration comes from music, friends, situations I am in, and life itself. I keep a notebook with me in case I need to write something down to remember for later, when I’m at my computer.
Do you have a daily writing routine/schedule?
As a full time college student who overcommits to so many different organizations on campus, it is hard to nail down an official writing routine, especially when I have to write papers for my classes (I’m a double major in English-Creative Writing and French). But I do try to write late at night, after homework is done, and sometimes early in the day before I go to class. I don’t have class on Fridays so I try to make that my
official writing day.
Any tips for new authors?
Don’t give up on your writing or your characters. It’s hard, but so worth it. Write everyday and continue to improve your craft. And read. Read anything and everything. Reading helps you appreciate other authors’ style and also helps you better determine your own voice.
What is the current book you are promoting?
“Forget Me Not” is a young adult paranormal romance with elements of Native American culture. It is the first book of the Forget Me Not Trilogy. It is a love story that digs at the deeper questions of reality and
illusion, death and life. Adeline and Cole, my main characters, find themselves apart of this Chippewa legend and have to figure out not only their place in this alternate world, but also the embarrassing teenage emotions that make everyone do and say super awkward things. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.
Can you describe your main character for us?
Adeline Jasely is a typical sixteen-year-old girl. She has few friends and prides herself on her independence and self-surviving personality. She likes the fact that she can be alone and is not an obsessive boy crazy girl
like her other classmates. She is a loner of sorts, but her entire independent world gets knocked off its feet when Cole Dyami makes an appearance. And then everything goes awry and throughout the novel, Adeline is trying to figure out if she likes the change or wants to run as far away from it as possible.
WOW! My daughter is named Adeline, so I am routing for her!
Ok, on to my favorite part, the quick fire questions and favorites.
Favorite Book? “The Great Gatsby” by Fitzgerald. He’s a boss.
Favorite Author? Marianne Curley – she’s my friend and every time she communicates with me I cry a little. But really. Sorry I’m not sorry.
Favorite Food? Chocolate. Don’t judge.
* as long as you have some for me, it won't be a problem. *
Favorite Sport? I used to do cheerleading in high school. But I don’t really play sports anymore. Does Zumba count?
Favorite Quote? “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Car/Truck? Uh, my Honda CRV?
Card Game or Board Game? Board game, but I get too competitive. It’s a problem
Beach or Mountains? BEACH!! Love me some sand and surf.
Hot or Cold? I like coldness. Nothing beats curling up with some coffee and a warm blanket and reading. Best feeling in the world.
Book or Kindle? Book. Nothing beats the feel of the pages beneath my fingers. Plus they smell better.
Shoes or Sandals? Shoes! I love my Toms!
Walk or Ride? Ride. I’m lazy.
Early Bird or Night Owl? Uh, neither. But I can rock 11:30am like nobody’s business.
See, she's funny, intelligent and hard to forget! :)
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I really hope you all check out “Forget Me Not.” It really was a labor of love and I am so proud of how it has turned out. I hope everyone who reads it will enjoy it!
Where can people find you?
My Facebook Page
My Goodreads Page
Your book sounds amazing. Where can people buy your books?
B&N (print and Nook)