TQ: What inspired you to become a writer?
Allison: I’m not sure there’s any one thing that inspired me. I’ve always been a storyteller (mostly to myself). Writing just seemed like the next logical step, though I didn’t pursue publishing for a very long time.
TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?
Allison: Time management. Finding the time to write and then sticking to it until it gets done. Which sounds bad, maybe – I enjoy writing very much, but I also work another job and have a family (like many other writers). Maybe it’s less about finding time and more about balancing the time that I have.
TQ: What writing achievement are you most proud of?
Allison: Simply getting published is a pretty nice achievement, honestly. :-) Just knowing my stories are out there for reader’s enjoyment is enough for me.
TQ: What one thing should everyone know about your writing?
Allison: Ha – I don’t know? Can’t give away too much or all the mystery is gone. LOL
TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.
Allison: Well, A Sliver of Shadow was just released at the end of February. The third Abby Sinclair book, A Trace of Moonlight should be out on October 30 (I’m working on revisions for that right now, in fact!) I’ve also got an online graphic novel project that I’m doing over at http://www.sadsausagedogs.com – the first page goes up on April 30 for a storyline called Fox & Willow.
TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.
Allison: Thanks for having me!
About the Abby Sinclair series
A Sliver of ShadowAbby Sinclair 2
Pocket Books, February 28, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 400 pages
WAR IS HELL. AND WAR WITH HELL IS NO FUN EITHER.
Just when her new life as a TouchStone—a mortal bound to help OtherFolk cross between Faery and human worlds—seems to be settling down, Abby Sinclair is left in charge when the Protectorate, Moira, leaves for the Faery Court. And when the Protectorate’s away . . . let’s just say things spiral out of control when a spell on Abby backfires and the Faery Queen declares the Doors between their worlds officially closed. The results are disastrous for both sides: OtherFolk trapped in the mortal world are beginning to fade, while Faery is on the brink of war with the daemons of Hell. Along with her brooding elven prince Talivar and sexy incubus Brystion, Abby ventures to the CrossRoads in an attempt to override the Queen’s magic. But nothing in this beautiful, dangerous realm will compare to the discoveries she’s making about her past, her destiny, and what she will sacrifice for those she loves.
A Brush of DarknessAbby Sinclair 1
Pocket Books, January 25, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.
She spends her days in Northern Virginia working as a cube grunt and her nights waiting on her kids and cats, punctuated by the occasional husbandly serenade. Sometimes she even manages to write. Mostly she just makes it up as she goes.
Borrowing Heaven, Subletting Hell Blog
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What: One commenter will win a copy of A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair 1), a Sliver of Shadow (Abby Sinclair 2), and the winners choice of The Touchstone Bracelet or The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet crafted by Cemetery Cat Jewelry from The Qwillery. (Note: the cards are not included with either bracelet!)
The Jeweled Snare, Phin's Bracelet
Phineas is a tiny unicorn with a HUGE personality. Guiding Abby through her predicaments, he has become a favorite. with a penchant for bacon and other unmentionable things, who can not love this tiny powerhouse?
Silver plate chain holds blue Swarovski crystals, a pewter unicorn charm .
The Touchstone Bracelet
Being a touchstone isn't easy as Abby and her friends can tell you...Here is my amulet to those links to the paranormal.
Silver plate chain holds a pewter acorn charm and a beautiful large oval pink tourmaline, with a small triskell charm highlighting.
Bracelet photos and descriptions courtesy of Cemetery Cat Jewelry.
How: Leave a comment answering the following question:
Favorite mythological creature(s)?
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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, April 20, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.
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