A Word from Alison...
Thank you, Leslie, for inviting me to visit your blog. I never imagined I’d be writing Amish fiction when I first started writing. I had been targeting Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line for a couple of years and had come “this close” to selling two different books that were ultimately turned down by the senior editor. Determined to sell to Harlequin, I attended a panel at a conference where the editors discussed their wish list. I heard the senior editor say she’d love to see more Amish suspense. Intrigued, I started to run through ideas and had a plot formulating before I even hopped on the plane home. Once home, I researched the Amish by reading textbooks and memoirs. I went to visit a local Amish community, and I started writing the book. Less than a year later, I sold this story which was published under the title, Plain Pursuit. Since then, I’ve sold eight more books to Harlequin, six of which are Amish.
I have a lot of fun writing Amish because I enjoy the challenge. Not only do I have to come up with a plot appropriate for the Love Inspired Suspense line, but I also have to create a realistic story set in an Amish community. One way I have expanded the number of stories set in the same community, a fictional town called Apple Creek, is by creating a hero and heroine who are not Amish, but live and work among the Amish. In Plain Protector, Sarah moves to Apple Creek to escape her abusive ex-boyfriend. When it seems that he has found her, she must rely on the deputy sheriff to protect her. The perfect start of a romance, right? Well, perfect for romantic suspense.
My next Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Cover-Up, is due out in August 2016. I have another due out sometime next year. I'm currently writing it!
Over the winter, I had the chance to write something completely different. Both my daughters dance competitively, and I had a story idea bouncing around in my head for years. I was thrilled to sell Pointe and Shoot, a dance mystery with romantic elements, to Waterfall Press, Amazon Publishing's Christian imprint. I like to call it my Dance Moms meets Blue Bloods story. I hope you also check that out when it's released on October 4, 2016. It's already up for pre-order at: amzn.to/23KxVLa
You can read my review at the following link…
(I rated it 4.5 - TOP PICK/5 stars.)
Amazon link for purchase…
Alison Stone left Buffalo, New York and headed 1000 miles south to earn an industrial engineering degree at Georgia Tech in Hotlanta. Go Yellow Jackets! She loved the South, but you love brought her back North.
After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children's books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children's book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications before finding her true calling, writing romantic suspense.
Alison lives in Western New York, with her husband of twenty-plus years and their four children, where the summers are actually gorgeous and the winters are perfect for curling up with a good book — or writing one.
Besides writing, Alison keeps busy volunteering at her children's schools, driving her girls to dance, and watching her boys race motocross.
Where you can find her online…
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alison_Stone (@Alison_Stone)
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