Interview with Allison Mullinax

James: Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I’m 35 years old, and I live in Alabama with my husband and three daughters. I’ve always lived in the south and this inspires the setting to all of my novels. I love to be outdoors hiking, cooking, or reading a good book.

James: When and why did you begin writing?

I would say I’ve always had a creative streak and an overactive imagination, though I really didn’t apply it to writing novels until after my youngest daughter was born. Once I got a feel for crafting stories, I couldn’t stop. I was addicted.

James: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of time travel. One night, there might have been wine involved, I was sitting on the patio with my husband and we were discussing time travel. I proposed the idea if science perfects time travel in the future, no matter how distant, then time travelers must be visiting us from the future now. And then my romantic brain went running amok and the idea of a time traveler form the future falling in love with an inhabitant of the past was born.

James: How do you make time to write?

Balancing writing time with being a stay-at-home mom certainly isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I write mostly in stolen moments. My youngest daughter starts pre-school this fall, opening up a good chunk of writing time. As long as I stay off Twitter!

James: How did you come up with the title of your new book?

The first line of When It All Goes Still helped shape the title. “I exist in the hidden spaces of the world that when seen for a moment in time, it all goes still.”

James: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Growing up, I would sneak my mom and dad’s crime novels up to my room. I loved them, and psychological thrillers is still one of my favorite genres. As for romance, Norah Roberts, KA Tucker, and Nicholas Sparks are some of my favs.


James: What book(s) are you reading now?
I’ve been in a bit of a fantasy kick lately. I just completed Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi. Before that I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I think a good thriller or romance will be calling my name soon.

 

James: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

In the 5th grade I wrote a play and my afterschool program performed it. I was a super proud 11-year-old that day, lol. Maybe it started then.

 

James: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I think repetition is something I always have to keep my eye out for. It’s not something I notice while writing, but editing reveals a lot, lol.

James: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love Gillian Flynn. I devour her books in a day. Her element of surprise, the plot twists, and the dark themes and characters always have me wishing there was more after the last page.


James: Who designed the cover of your new book?

Kaitlyn Morris designed the cover art for When It All Goes Still and Break the Line. I had an image in my mind of the hero and heroine out of frame, with hands slightly clasped in the middle. Kaitlyn took that idea and created a beautiful cover for When It All Goes Still.


James: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Plot holes! With time travel, it’s tricky because there is always the thought, “Why doesn’t he just go back in time and fix the main conflict.” Because there wouldn’t be a story if I did that, lol.


James: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Anything outdoors, from sipping wine on the back deck at night, to hiking along the trails of our farm. I also love to cook.

 

James: Do you have a blog/website? If so, what is it?

My friend/critique partner and I recently started a review site featuring Best Selling and Indie/Small Press novels: ReadingReviewWars.com My personal site is allisonmullinax.com

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