Happy New Year all! I'm excited about bringing a whole new set of interviews to you this year, and first up is Allison Pearl. She's a sister author with Anaiah Press, and her books sound so good. I've really enjoyed getting to know her, and I think you will, too.
Hey Allison, I notice that all of your books have my favorite food on the cover. :-) What about donuts made you think murder mystery?
The murder part was more of an afterthought. First on the brain was doughnuts. I probably would’ve put them in anything, but I can’t do cookbooks, so murder it is.
If you had to branch out and write about a different kind of food, what do you think you'd pick?
I love a good pie. And they’re not easy either, which would be good in a book. The crusts and filling are finnicky and complicated. They’re hard work, but worth it. There’s got to be a story in there somewhere.
Pies are hard, yes. I've never perfected making a crust, so I totally get the analogy.
I'm noticing some names like Knightly and Bennet in your book descriptions. Any relation to the beloved characters of Jane Austen or did you just like the names?
The names are absolutely Austen inspired. To me, she was the first of us. She wrote amazing stories that kept you turning the pages long after bedtime. And even though the endings were always happy, she didn’t shy away from weaving the real struggles of women in her time into the narrative. Struggles that in some ways we are still dealing with today. Ultimately, I wanted my first published novels to be a nod to the woman who started it all.
That's so neat.
I know you're a tea-drinker as well as I am. What's your go-to favorite tea?
It really depends on the time of day. If it’s early morning, I want a black tea blend and I want it unsweetened. Throughout the day, I like to treat myself with a cinnamon tea latte or a chai. And there’s nothing better at bed time than chamomile. But just because I love tea doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy, or more likely NEED, a cup of coffee too.
If you had to give up one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Waiting in line. I know it’s an unavoidable part of life and that we all have to do it, but… UGHHHHHH. Now, I’m not saying I throw a fit or act like some of those ‘Karen-y’ people that mumble complaints or ask for a manager when the lines get long. That’s not cool. I keep quiet and patiently wait my turn, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t give it up in a second.
Okay, last question I ask everyone (which means you must answer it ;-) ). Please tell us one thing about yourself that very few people know.
This is a weird one, but I never got all my teeth. I remember, we were doing a dental coloring sheet in school and we were supposed to count our teeth. I kept getting the wrong number and couldn’t figure out why. I told the teacher and she just insisted I had miscounted. Turns out I was missing the two incisors on either side of my front teeth and I never got them. Or wisdom teeth either for that matter. They did x-rays and they’re just not there. With an extensive amount of dental work, my smile worked out fine, but I did have to spend quite a few Christmases listening to my brother taunt me with the holiday song, All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Allison. I never got my wisdom teeth, either, so there's one more thing we have in common. :-)
If you want to get to know Allison a bit more or find out about one of her yummy mysteries, keep reading.
Allison Pearl is a small-town girl who’s lived just about everywhere. She loves books, tea, chocolate, and watching old movies with her husband and black lab, Sal. To keep in touch on social media and get updates about upcoming releases visit www.allison-pearl.com.
Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.
Small-town auto mechanic, Koby Knightly, is looking forward to seeing a car show in the city. But when an unexpected call from his old girlfriend disconnects suddenly, he rushes to her aid. Throwing his plans out the window, Koby makes it his mission to protect her and discover the identity of the person trying to frame her. Will he also be able to figure out what went wrong between them back in high school or will a killer get to her first?
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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