Allyson Carter is stopping by today to share with us what inspired her to write her first novel and to share a bit of her new release, Wounded Hearts with us.
Allyson, thank you for taking the time to share with us your writing. Let’s start with one of my favorite questions, shall we? What inspired you to write your first book?
I was going crazy 5 years ago stuck in a snow storm with the kids. I remember waking up with this idea in my head. At this time, I’d not written anything since high school. Only a couple friends knew that I wrote and back then it was mostly poems. This idea for a YA book wouldn’t go away, so I got my two oldest daughters going on their schooling for the day, and then sat down at the computer and started typing. The book just poured out of me. That’s when it all clicked and I knew I wanted to be an author.
I love it when ideas come at the most random times. When the muse speaks, we must listen! Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That no matter how bad you’ve been hurt in a relationship that to never give up on love.
What a beautiful message! Are the experiences in the book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this book but in the past I have drawn from experiences or something I read.
It’s easy to pull from what we’ve experienced and translate that into words. What books have most influenced your life most?
It depends on my mood. I read a lot of different types of books. I read romance, suspense/ mystery, Christian, paranormal and historical.
It’s smart to be well read because it comes through in your writing. What book are you reading now?
This may shock you but nothing at the moment. I’ve been so busy with edits, writing and rewrites. I’m totally open to suggestions on what to read next. The last thing I read was Ruin and Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken. Both are New Adult books and so good.
Thanks for the recommendation, I will have to check them out. I’m always on the lookout for another book to add to my TBR list. What are your current projects?
I’m busy working on book two in the series. I’m also rewriting and editing my first book that came out under my pen name. The rights have been reverted back to me.
Wow, you are busy! Means we can look forward to more from you. Can you name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
Hands down that would be God.
That’s wonderful to have such strong faith. Can you share a little of Wounded Hearts with us?
After a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson is looking to rebuild a life for her and her daughter, Hannah, while avoiding the thing she mistrusts most: men. Her resolve is tested, however, when her brother’s best friend, Mark, moves in across the street and her long-buried feelings for him return. Can she possibly open up her heart again? Is she willing to let herself love? When someone threatens her life she quickly realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line and she turns to the only man she feels she can trust.
Reliving everything he lost overseas, Mark Daniels goes back to his hometown to try and live a peaceful life but instead gets caught up in Shelby’s troubles.. He knows she needs someone to protect her but can he be that man? Except, being near Shelby again is making him feel things he’d rather never feel—again. When his past comes to haunt him in a way he never excepted, he vows to protect Shelby and her daughter until his last breath.
“Stay right here, sweetie.”
Reaching in, she picked up the paper. At first the words written on the thing didn’t register. She had to re-read them twice.
Keep quiet or else.
Her hands shook. A lump formed in her throat. When Mark walked out to the car, their gazes met. She noted the concern on his face as he stared at her.
“What’s the matter, Shell?”
She tried to talk, but nothing would come out. When he rushed to her side, she gave him the note. The words had been created with letters out of magazines or something, glued to the paper. She tightened her hold on Hannah. Someone had put the paper there when they were a few feet away. Why?
“Take Hannah and move to the sidewalk.”
Shelby nodded then moved to where he told her. He pulled out his cell and punched in a number. Mark moved with determination as he talked on the phone with the police. Within moments, a squad car showed up. So much for not having attention on her while she was out with Mark. Who had put the note in her car? Better yet, how did they get in when she’d locked the car?
“Shelby, do you have someone mad at you?” Detective Moore asked as he shut the door to his car and made his way over to her.
Sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Are you working on anything else right now?
I’m also writing book two in this series. It is Jace and Mary’s story.
Very nice! I love reading books in a series. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, that would be homeschooling and writing at the same time. At times it can be hard to get into the zone with my book. Or like right now with my twins and them having Autism, they are being super loud as I type out my answers. Even though it can be hard to concentrate, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
If only we could clone ourselves. One to deal with housework, one to deal with writing, one to deal with everything else. Sigh. Who designed the cover of Wounded Hearts?
My publisher [Sweet Cravings Publishing] has a department who does this. They rock!
Yes, it’s a great cover. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It was getting my mind to switch over from writing hot to sweet. It was hard at first, and I struggled a lot.
It can be a problem when your characters find themselves doing things they aren’t supposed to be. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing and don’t ever give up.
Best advice ever. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your characters to life?
Like I said before the whole switching genres was the challenge for me at first. The other thing was research for the book. It took some digging to find out certain protocols that the Army follows along with some other things.
I love researching information for my characters. Do you have a favorite line one of your character says in your book?
Yes from Hannah. Hubby and I were at Bob Evans one day for a lunch date. We overheard this little boy around 3 talk about wanting mashed potatoes with gravy on the side of his spaghetti. Once I heard this I knew I had to use it in a book.
What a combination! Well, thanks for stopping by Allyson. Before you go, would you like to share your social media links with readers?
You can buy Wounded Hearts here. I can be found around the internet at Facebook, Twitter and website.