Today, I’ve got an interview with Allison Barnard! She wrote what just happens to be one of my favorite dystopian books, Unforeseen. Here’s a bit about Allison in her own words!
Wife, mother to two toddlers, book blogger, and equestrian. Now I’m an author? What?
I’ve always loved books. My mom would actually take my books from me instead of sending me to my room when I was in trouble (it was terrible!). I’ve dabbled in writing for years, had some poetry published in high-school, but it wasn’t until after I had my first child that I started writing. Unforeseen is the first book that’s fit to be read by the public, but there are a few other stories I’ve finished that I’m working on.
I read everything I can get my hands on but I love sci-fi with dystopian elements, steampunk, fantasy, urban fantasy, mysteries, and some romances and I love to discuss books with other readers!
D.R.- Do you have a writing routine?
A.B.- When the characters are talking to me, I’ll stay up all hours to write, even if it means typing out short scenes on my phone at work. (Shh!) Usually, my days off are when I get to write. I do most of my writing in the morning when the house is quiet and my daughter is at preschool. I can crank out 1-3k before I have to pick her up.
D.R.- Share a guilty pleasure with us.
A.B.- I love nothing more than to buy books. If it’s an author I know, I buy straight from the source, but thriftbooks has really expanded my bookshelves. I also have this odd habit of waiting days or weeks to read a physical copy of a book. There’s something special about opening a book for the first time I like to prolong.
D.R.- Who is your favorite TV or movie character and why?
A.B.- Dean Winchester. Not only is he pretty, strong, smart and loyal, he’s always dropping nerdy pop culture references.
D.R.- What’s the funniest book you’ve read and why?
A.B.- This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland. In one scene, the character is delusional with fever and thinks what’s keeping her warm is a grumbly blanket with arms when it’s really her husband. The scene always makes me laugh and I’ve read the book over twenty times.
D.R.- What’s the food or drink you always tell other people to try?
A.B.- Pierogies fried in butter and onion. Pierogies are a polish dumpling stuffed with mashed potatoes, onion, cheese, or a combination thereof.
What book do you recommend the most?
This Is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland. Historical romances are a favorite genre of mine.
D.R.- Which genres do you write and what’s your favorite one?
A.B.- I write fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction. And those are my favorite to read as well. I’ve always wanted to try a historical romance along the lines of Outlander but I always get bogged down in the research. One day!
D.R.- What’s the most unexpected thing that’s ever inspired you?
A.B.- The introduction to Dumbo actually inspired my sci-fi dystopian, Unforeseen.
D.R.- What’s the best advice you’ve gotten about writing?
A.B.- I found a quote by Conner McGregor that always inspires me. It says, “There is no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”
D.R.- Tell us about your plans or ideas for a new-to-you genre in the future.
A.B.- I definitely plan on continuing my Finding Paradise series. Right now I have two more novels to write, as well as two novellas to complete the series, but that’s always prone to change.
I also started and plotted the first three novels in my new UF series I’m penning under the name Amber Renard. Here’s an excerpt for the first book in that series, titled Blood Moon A Case File from The Supernatural Specialist.
Vet student Kaelen O’Cur has two secrets that could cost her her biggest dream, owning her own veterinary clinic. One, she’s running an illegal clinic for supernaturals and their pets from a storage unit, and two- let’s just say there’s more to Kel than her smart mouth and girl-next-door good looks. Business is slow until a werewolf shows up, carrying a wounded packmate full of silver buckshot. In a heated moment, the wolf, Heir to the local pack, vows a blood debt -a life for a life- should his wounded packmate not survive. That one rash vow and a string of shootings entangles Kel deeper into pack politics than she ever wanted to be, forcing her to reveal big secrets and forge new alliances in order to stop the shooters before they hit closer to home. All without flunking out of vet school.