Release date: 08/12/19 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Editor: Ally Robertson – Cover Artist: Kristian Norris
Two years after the death of his wife and child, multi-award winning musician and Seattleite Noe Burke is ready for love and commitment. But the women he attracts seem interested only in his celebrity, so he decides to concentrate on his health and takes a hiatus at his cabin on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Thirty-something vegan Katy enjoys experimenting with recipes and volunteering at an equine therapy center in Fort Worth. She dreams of building an animal sanctuary, but money’s tight, and options are dwindling.
When Noe encounters Katy on a vegan forum, he hires her as his consultant, offering a generous salary along with an all-expense-paid trip to Seattle. But his best friend Rebecca suspects he is dangerously close to handing his heart to the wrong woman, and she begins to manipulate their relationship.
Can the two lovers overcome her scheming, or will her interference destroy their chance at happiness?
Hello Alison and welcome to the Spotlight. I have to first preface this interview by telling everyone, Alison and I had our first book signings together. She is fantastic and Katy’s Song is next up for me to read!
I wanted to start out by asking you, what is your favorite childhood book?
Tucker’s Countryside. It was the sequel to Cricket in Time Square (another favorite). Amazingly, the story is poignant today, because it’s about preservation/conservation. And the illustrations are works of art.
Nice! Okay, and what do you think are some common traps for aspiring writers?
For fiction writers, I believe a common trap is worrying about being published before the first draft is even finished. We get so excited about our story ideas and feel pressure to find representation, but, at least for me, what’s in my head doesn’t always end up on the page. If a writer pitches before a manuscript is (mostly) ready, the book won’t be given another look by an agent. And who can blame them? No one wants an undercooked product.
Great insight and I totally agree! As a writer, what was the best money you ever spent on writing?
Hiring a professional editor before pitching the last version. I wanted my novel to be the best it could be, and I learned so much from the process. It was like taking a master’s class in editing, and I became a better writer. The price was high, but well worth it!
I think you nailed it! Have the manuscript complete AND spend a little money on making it the best it can be. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Absolutely. There are winks and nods everywhere. For example, my older sister loved her horse Bandit, so I wrote him into the story. Our little sister volunteers at an animal shelter and inspired the female protagonist. My mom’s sayings are throughout. I named quite a few characters after friends and family. And my dear mother-in-law passed away too young, so I created a character just for her.
I’m even more excited to read it now to see if I pick up anything. Do any of your characters hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Ha! Yes! And that’s when the story took a turn for the better. I thought I was in charge, because the characters acted as I wanted them to. But after meeting with them regularly for eight years, their voices rose, and they told me I was getting everything wrong. Thank goodness for me I listened. Hopefully, I won’t be so obstinate on my next book.
I’m glad you listened too! What has been the best compliment?
My older sister told me when she read earlier drafts, she heard me telling her the story. But when she read the book, she completely forgot about me.
That’s the perfect compliment AND review! Finally, what’s the most reckless thing you’ve ever done?
I’m a daredevil and speed demon, so I’ve done some pretty crazy stuff. By my third birthday in Alaska I was climbing trees. I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’ve skied black diamonds. And I’ve climbed atop roofs to watch lightning and tornado storms. But the most reckless I’ve ever been was riding on the back of a Harley without a helmet. Luckily I was smart enough to know not to wear flip-flops and shorts as others had. I still own a pair of cowboy boots with a burn scar from touching the muffler.