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Tonight, we are celebrating the release of another debut novel by an up and coming author. I am very excited to be featuring her as part of her Book Tour this month.
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May I introduce to you all author Allison Mullinax, as we find out more about her writing journey, what has lead her here and what the futures holds for her writing career.
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Hi there Allison, fantastic to have you here today to discuss your debut novel release, along with your own passions, influences and writing experiences.
Thank you so much for having me!
Let’s start first with your debut Contemporary Romance novel itself “Break the Line”, which is out now in February 2018. Please tell us more about the plot and themes of your book, along with the romantic challenges your lead protagonists Benson Howell and Danni-Rose face as they explore their intimate feelings for each other.
While Break the Line does have the “enemies to lover” trope that is often seen in romance novels, there is definitely more emotion embedded in the animosity for Danni-Rose. She’s been through a lot, and her past definitely still haunts her. My hope is that the reader sympathises with her inability to let go, and falls in love with Benson as he helps her do just that. Benson admires Danni-Rose for her strength, in fact I would say it is what draws him to her.
If your novel was to be made into a film (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
Oh, this is a fun question! I always pictured Danni-Rose very much like Emma Stone. Danni is described as having dark red hair, and freckles. But more than appearances, Danni has a certain gumption about her. Spunk, if you will. I think Emma could totally pull this off. As for Benson, in my mind, he very much resembled Eric Christian Olsen with his shaggy blonde hair and laid-back demeanour. Liza, Danni-Rose’s best friends, would be played by Julianne Hough because of her wit and southern charm.
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
When an idea strikes me, or a plot builds in my mind, I tend to dive in headfirst not thinking too much on the details. I let the story unfold as I write. Outlining a novel doesn’t work very well for me. My eagerness to get started and my short attention span reminds me of a squirrel. I may not have a hoard of nuts stored for the winter, but the ones shoved in my cheeks keep me well-fed.
What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?
All of the novels I have written take place in the south. Growing up in Alabama, it’s just what comes natural to me when writing dialect, character traits and backdrops. My characters have a little twang in their words, and they are typically sticky from the humid air. Nothing a little sweet tea can’t fix.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
The most difficult part of writing for me, would be forcing myself to slow down and think ahead. When I get excited about a story line, or a scene coming up that I’m looking forward to writing, I will crank out the words fairly quickly. Sometimes this is a good thing; however, when beginning my editing rounds, I can always tell when I was highly motivated to finish. Also, I find difficulty in balancing out writing time with wife/mom time. I have three daughters, and at least one of them is always needing my attention.
The easiest thing, for me, would be writing dialogue. I’m a talkative person by nature, so writing conversations between my characters is fun. I like to let my characters personalities come to life through interaction with each other.
Who are some of the authors, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?
Hands down, Gillian Flynn for her no holds bar writing style. You never know where she might take you with a character, or what sub-plot might be lurking around the corner. I tend to devour her books in a day, and mourn them for weeks when I’m finished. I would also say Nicholas Sparks for the tension he’s able to build between a hero and heroine from the first time they meet. When the characters finally start to fall for one another, it’s so gratifying. I admire his ability to do that.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
For Break the Line, there was a lot of research centred around professional fishing. We are talking boats, lures, tournaments, prize winnings, etc. I grew up and still reside in a small, southern lake-town where Bass Masters tournaments are often held, so I knew quite a bit. As for my next novel, let’s just say I was in the throes of quantum physics research for quite some time (and I loved it.)
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I was asked this question a while back, but recently, the answer holds a heavier meaning. When I was little, I used to spend a lot of time with my grandmother. The stories she would tell me as a little girl still swirl around in my brain. She could render me motionless and completely captivated as she created a movie reel with her words. My little five-year-old mind was like putty in her hands. There wasn’t a day spent at her house that the phrase, “Granny, tell me story,” wasn’t spoken. And she always would. I would linger on her every syllable, even if I had heard that particular story before, because she told it so amazingly well. I’d like to think I got the urge to story-tell from her. She recently passed away on New Year’s Day of this year, so for her, I will keep telling stories.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writer’s Block?
My critique partner keeps me highly motivated, and he pushes me to write even when I would rather watch YouTube or scroll through Twitter. I’m a firm believer that every writer should find themselves a critique partner who gives it to you straight and craves your writing. Also, the feeling of typing the words “The End” is oh so satisfying.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
During my college years, I would tell myself not to stress out so much. I was never able to nail down the exact thing I wanted to do career wise, and the desire to become an author happened later on in life. So, I would tell myself to get more involved with creative endeavours, explore the passion I had for the make-believe world, and write. Write often, because you’ll fall in love with it later on.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, playing mama takes up a lot of my free time. We like to hike and go to the golf course, grill out on the back deck and sit around the outdoor fireplace. Reading is also a high priority for me. Being cuddled up with a good book is hard to top.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
My second novel, When It All Goes Still, will be released May 15th, 2018. This book is my baby, the first novel I wrote, and a story that is very close to my heart. In the summer of 2018, I have another contemporary-romance novel being released titled, The South Winds, which takes place along the coast line of Alabama. My current work in progress is the sequel to When It All Goes Still, and readers will get a heavy dose of my sinister writing style.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
It’s simple. Do not ever, not even for a moment, give up on your passion to write a story. No one can tell a story the same way you can. Write often, even if it’s a couple hundred words a day until you reach the words “The End.” I promise you, there’s nothing like it.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for spending time with us Allison, it has been a sincere pleasure and we can’t wait to reel in your book and give it a look 🙂
North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
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Still want more? Well, Allison’s male protagonist in her book is a fisherman who ends up making big waves with the female protagonist. Since there is a Daily Prompt on the theme of waves, let’s Undulate our way over to more articles of a similar waves/sea theme below:-
1. Breaking limits – Discovering the real you – fitnessthoughts
2. Daily Post Writing Prompt – January 2018 – Allison’s Written Words
3. Dancing Queen – Girl Writing
4. The Late Me – Monkebus
5. juantetcts – Daily Post/Undulate
6. gimme a pawfive – whimsical mayhem
7. Journal # 317 – Undulating Light
8. Undulate – simpsite
9. THE PAGE TURNS – The Hypnotic, Horrific Jolliness of Mr. Trololo
10. Doubt Already – Getting Through Writer’s Block – novus creaturae
11. Undulate – Run and Travel
12. perferviddreams – Events
13. How To Use Worry Dolls – This and That 404
14. The Hypnotic, Horrific Jolliness of Mr. Trololo – The Page Turns
15. Undulating Seal Flesh – e-Quips
16. logicaldreams – Short Story: Under His Thrall
17. Carve & Undulate – Where Horses Lay
18. “Winsome Characters.” – Expedition Overlanding Nomadic Adventures
19. The Holly Tree Tales – No Benefit Through Enquiry – A Poem
20. Undulate – Flowery Vani on Cloud Nine
21. Probably My Last Post – Penumbra
22. copypower – I Undulate
23. Grace Remains – Lakeshore Ponderings
24. the undulating chorus – Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky
25. Wavy, curly, straight – My Journey Across China
26. The Silent Hill – The Planet According to Dom
27. The Undulating Oceans And How They Can Avenge – Angelin Veronica
28. Great Sandhills – Sgeoil
29. Love Coach Laura Harju – Baby steps
30. Irie Mon – True love of the sea – Quaint Revival
31. Undulations in My Mood – This Pilgrim’s Progress
32. Haiku Poem by Melinda J. Irvine – She Rises, She Falls
33. Undulate – daily word prompt – The Grey Traveller
34. Ripilling water intensifying my insanity – Sarahs Crazy Mind
35. Do Not Annoy The Writer – New Year…Not So New Me
36. veins that have become wormholes – vertical combustion
37. light + dark + undulate – tuckedintoacorner
38. Green around the gills… – Mum’s the Word Blog
39. undulation (2): bell curve my mood – Seventeen Syllable Poetry
40. Alice muses – Twilight dance
41. Talofa! Undulate and Sing – My Garden ~ a take on life over the garden gate
42. Opportunity Awaits – Debbie Gravett
43. Love Your Wife/Husband Anyway; Secret Is Fake It Until You Make It – Online Zaroorat e Rishta in Pakistan – Online Rishta Pakistan
44. Anything Written – Silence
45. Senryu : undulate – Cactus Haiku
46. sonja benskin mesher – . the season .
47. submission – Love Alchemy
48. Carmz – Undulating with Desire
49. Lost On Saturday Night – Leigha Robbins
50. Walking through Kandawgyi gardens – Don’t hold your breath
51. summer’s end – writemebad
52. The View From My Window – The Undualted Flames
53. Never is a promise – 100 Pounds Away – A Journey
54. The Winter Slump – deep breath, close your eyes
55. Past is Past. – Where Lies the Heart
56. Undulate – The Bag Lady
57. Weathered undulating and growing… – A Place to learn and grow together
58. Dancing Around? A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step! – Pearls Global Impact
59. (Ref)undulator – Rhyme In Time
60. Undulate – Netdancer’s Musings – Daily Prompts
61. a cooking pot and twisted tales – Wedded Bliss…
62. The Hockey Mom Fit Life – I Did It!
63. Haiku:Undulate – mindescapes.net
64. Therapy – From Cover to Cover
65. West Coast Trip – Akaroa & Pizzas – littleborneogirl
66. nature boy – Seventeen Syllable Poetry
67. S. Cameron Roach – Quasi Attuck
68. Daily Post – Undulate – cosistories
69. another quiet muse – If and Then…
70. Undulated Reflections (insired by Undulated – Resolve, Na’ama Yehuda) – Svetlana’s Daily Gratitude
71. Undulate, Undulate, Arriba, Arriba!!!! – Resting Bitch Personality
72. Focus. – Unpredictable Affairs
73. yi-ching lin photography – growth
74. y – as with everything,
75. Trust Fall – authoranonblog
76. The Beach – Musings from Melbourne
77. Life On The Skinny Branches – Remembrance
78. Swell Time – Sam
79. My Anxiety Matters – An undulating thing called Life
80. The Home Of DJ Sung Mo Koo – Elvis Presley’s Last Christmas
81. Walk with God – Fun-dulate
82. Writer’s block – Not Alone
83. MY ENDURING BONES – The Dancing Statue
84. Undulating in and out of meaning
85. Flowing swiftly – The Soulful Writings
86. Life of Lizzy – Dance to Escape.
87. Undulating Twills and other Learnings – Curious Steph
88. Dawn – wilde.woven.words
89. Cookies & Moo – Winter’s Surprise
90. Undulating temps promote inspections – THE MAIN AISLE – 2018
91. Moving with the Universe – Embrace Yourself
92. Undulated Seas… – Nomadchasingwaterfalls
93. Finite Time to Create – Vox Humbug
94. In the Face of Adversity – Wind Kisses
95. Pride, Envy & Career Expectations – Bipolar Barb
96. Long Drives – Wings Of Poetry
97. To write more, write more – Vignettes from a Writer’s Den
98. Misifusa’s Blog – Animal House Party
99. Undulate – In my world
100. Undulating – Roads, and Conversations. – the curious city project
101. Don’t Stop Believin…10 Songs That Inspire… – Success Strategies
102. UNDULATE OF SELF – Sharing With Others – Est. 11-15-2017
103. Notes to Women – Getting Away
104. Peanut Gallery 24/7 – VERTEX MOP: REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
105. Na’ama Yehuda – Undulated Resolve
106. Taking Our Time – The Introspection Connection
107. Undulate: The rebirth of the unknown – Words worth gold
108. Mood – Running vs Me
109. Waves – Word Play … Poetry in Progress
110. Celebrate Your Mental Illness Recovery – No Matter Where You are in Your Recovery – My Loud Bipolar Whispers
111. Undulate – !Misc.Minds$
112. Undulate – Revolving Around Life
113. The journey beyond – The Journey
114. The Golden Valley – The Mysterious Mr. Ebenezer Pope
115. Seeking Answers – From Sand to Gemstones
116. Undulate – Covert Novelist
117. Wordflow Soup – Whats mankind mean to you
118. The Hypnotic, Horrific Jolliness of Mr. Trololo – The Page Turns
119. Table Talk (short story) – stephentotheplate
120. Who I am – Daily Prompt
121. HUMANSFORCATS – Shadow stealthes across the undulating Highlands
122. UNDULATING IN THE UNDERBRUSH IN THE DANGEROUS WOODS – SERENDIPITY
123. One of the Many Reasons Why I Live – My Loud Bipolar Whispers
124. Oscillating Choices – techshe
125. My undulated life – Earthly Brain
126. Stopdraggingthepanda – Back to the Garden
127. B_ live – I have the Flow
128. Make Your Dialogue Undulate – thepathtocreativity
129. Unless you try, you’d never know. – Emotions That Matter.
130. mylocalweb – the undulated feelings
131. Wordless Wednesday: Courage – whippetwisdom.com
132. Wordless Wednesday – Strange Days
133. Fate – cocoa2
134. WAIT FOR IT – lovenlosses
135. Ride The Wrong Train – 25more
136. Narcie The Narcissist is in Big Super Love!!! – An Upturned Soul
137. Undulate – Exploring the world
138. Undulate – The Long Game
139. Life is all about you. – and the journey continues
140. Autism and Aggression – Autism in Our Nest
141. The Romantic Quill – Wednesday Reflections #34 – The Christmas Wife by Elizabeth Kelly
142. Darkness vs. Light – Sandra Pavloff Conner
143. Sea Life – Live an Untethered Life
144. The Consulting Writer – Snakes. Why Did It Have To Be Flying Undulating Snakes
145. sarishboo – Dance Is Music Made Visible
146. Satori of Pit Bull – I’m a Writer, Yes, I Am!
147. Relax – Of January Thaw(s)..
148. Once Upon Your Prime – The GPS Lady is Our New Magic 8-Ball !!
149. Undulating Lily – A New Day: Living Life Almost Gracefully
150. Undulate – Weekly Wanderings
151. Undulate – The Mind of Nox
152. Musings of a Random Mind – Snow Angel
153. Pounce – Oh, border!
154. bogpan – About a Dolphin
155. Powered by Robots – A Small New Wave
156. The Cat Chronicles – Daily Feline Prompt: Undulating Feline
157. Don’t Rock the Boat – KerDoodle Village
158. You Are Wasting Your Life on Social Media – finished yesterday
159. Undulate Skin – A blog for the ages
160. Undulate – The Eggcorn
161. Miss Pelican’s Perch – Undulation, Old Stoves, Lipstick and the New Moon
162. Undulate – wordsareallihavesite
163. Undulating mind – Demystifying Destiny
164. Wallie’s Wentletrap – A Bad Baby Bird
165. Untitled- Colour Pencils
166. Dance – New World Soul
167. Undulate (Fiction) – Lifestyled Islander
168. Undulate: You and I – bhavyaprabhakar2017
169. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss – The Undulating Mountains of Norway
170. A Visual Earworm – This, That, and The Other
171. XDrive Photography Learning 18 Golden Hour – Theo Herbots Love, Joy And Happiness
172. undulating – Karyn’s Domain
173. The Wave That Saved My Life – Keep Going Kam
174. It goes on forever… – My weird, crazy and mundane life Journal
175. A hero – Musings
176. Lessons from the Fox – Author Flawed to Perfection
177. What To Write When You Don’t Know What To Write – Sketches By Nitesh
178. Undulate – the curious city project
179. Comparisons – tlynnhaney
180. Are we living in a computer simulation? – Wells Baum
181. Write Here: Write Now – New Year’s Resolutions I never made: 1. Pilates
182. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – Undulations
183. Piper’s Adventures – Undulate: A Morning Hike
184. Success Inspirers World – Un dulate
185. Dreams Of Lost Souls – Lost Times
186. Drift – indisputably inconclusive
187. See How The Lemurs Undulate With Their Surroundings – Knewsy Topics
188. Gypsy Woman – The Long and Short Stories of Life
189. Paul Cox Writer – As I walk in The Fields of Heaven
190. Still Calls……. ME – emotionsoflife2016
191. Death in the Park (Ep1)
192. Swift Storms – The Psalmist
193. Sean Hogan – Follow The Fox (Part 2)
194. ‘Life is not an arrow, it’s a sine wave’ – Wells Baum
195. Tahitian Nights #Poetry – Short Prose
196. Riptides – Live Like It Matters
197. Dancing in The Shadows – Zeckrombryan
198. Undulated – Pearson Fiction
199. Giggles & Tales – The Daily Prompt – Undulate!
200. Scrambled, Not Fried – Sailor’s Recall
201. Hey there! – I seek the peace that evades me
202. Golden Pt. II – Ta An Speaks
203. Golden – Ta An Speaks
204. Rising above hate – Rantings of a nihilist fool
205. The Visitor – 2 – My weird, crazy and mundane life Journal
206. Tug of War – Poetry By Jeremy
207. Frank Prem – song of a road
208. Making a plan for dinner – I Am Writing
209. Dronstad – Goodbye
210. KO Rural Mad As Hell Blog – Alphabeasts
211. Undulate – constant VARIABLE
212. Every Buckeye is an individual – 99Wetlands
213. Nine Lives Of Christmas – Book Review – Curious Cat
214. Frank Prem – the pretty valley
215. Frank Prem – sleep and dance
216. Lost Cause – Megha’s World
217. Eye beyond walls!! – FINESSE
218. My most desirable thought… – juanita394
219. I was wrong and I admit it – Robert Varga Freelance Office Services
220. ….on pets and prisoners….. – daily prompt: undulate
221. The Coffee Shop Pt. III – Ta An Speaks
222. Travelogue : Cruising around the Med – Geek Ergo Sum
223. Undulations – aroused
224. She – Matt Seeley Poetry
225. Because he is The Lion – My weird, crazy and mundane life Journal
226. Slam – This Girl’s Got Curves
227. I Am Malala : What is the story of ‘The Girl Shot in the Head’ ?