Allison was kind enough to take some time out of her busy day to answer a few questions about her writing and upcoming projects.
I also weave my love of pop culture and music into almost all of my books. For SONG REMAINS THE SAME, this meant that I really researched music from the decades in which my protagonist, Nell, was a child, as well as really considered what the pop culture influences were at the time. Like, if you lost your memory of the 90s, you'd get to watch Friends all over again. Because, like it or not, that really was a cultural icon from the time when I (and my heroine) came of age.
Allison: I've taken a break from novels for the past year to focus on screenplays, so I have on in the works and a few out with my agent and producers. This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the whole "challenging yourself" idea. Maybe it's the Gemini in me, but I can't do the same thing over and over again without getting bored! So I dipped my toe into a different well and discovered that I really enjoyed it. That said, I'm hoping to get started on another book later this spring, and if not by then, the summer!
(In her own words!)
After dabbling my toe in the PR, marketing and internet worlds, I discovered that there's nothing finer than a) working for yourself, b) working from home and c) getting paid to write full-time. To that end, I earned my keep for eight years as a freelance magazine scribe for every title you could think of, from Glamour to Self to Shape to Redbook to Men's Health to Women's Health to Family Circle to InStyle Weddings to Bride's to Cooking Light to Parents to American Baby. You get the idea. These days, I primarily focus on celebrity interviews and profiles, which indulges my pop culture obsession and gives me an excuse to read junky magazines and watch lots of tv.
Of course, while all of the above is wonderful and fabulous and allowed my heart to swell each time I walked by a newsstand, what I'm really most proud of is the publication of my novels, The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found.
Be sure to check out Allison's website at www.allisonwinn.com
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My thanks to Allison for participating in this question and answer interview, and to BookSparks PR for helping to coordinate it.