I am at the IRC (Indie Romance Convention) in Lebanon, TN. Sitting here with me is Author Allie Marie.
What genre do you write?
My first published books are in my True Colors Series, which is a mystery with paranormal, historical and romantic elements. A little hard to pigeon-hole!
Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and do you read the same genre as you write?
I retired from law enforcement, so suspense and mystery seem to be in my blood, but my first series is as described above. I loved reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden girl sleuth mysteries, never dreaming I’d grow up to be a real-life cop. The True Colors Series is in the genre I currently read, but I have read novels by writers as diverse as Nora Roberts to Janet Evanovich to James Patterson and Tom Clancy. My historical influences go back to Victoria Holt and that era.
What inspired you to write in this particular genre?
I am involved in ancestry research and discovered a French ancestor who fought in the American Revolution. I did not want to write a true biography or a historical, so I have flashbacks to the American Revolution and basing the people on my many-great grandparents. I created three young colonial sisters who have some things happen top them and they are haunting present-day characters to solve the mystery.
I have had great fun writing the series, and hope to have my third one in to my editor by the end of September. Then I am ready to tackle other genres. I have an old regency/historical I wrote years ago and need to clean up, and police thrillers in my head as soon as the True Colors Series is finished.
Where are you from?
I have spent most of my life in Virginia, although I was not born there. My area has heavy colonial history. Easy to research and visit.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
I was surprised that I have liked all of my characters, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be between my first heroine Stephanie, her hero Gage, and Tanner, Gage’s 4 year-old nephew. It was tremendous fun to have to think like a guy and a little boy, but I think it worked.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters’ names?
I thought names out of the air at first. Now I have slips of paper with male and female first names and last names. They are in containers and I pull a first name and a last name from each container. starting to use combinations of first names and last names from two different friends to create certain secondary characters. I might take the first name of one and the last name of another. They know who they are.:-)
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
My characters seem to take on their own life and kind of tell me who they are. I do have one character who is a lawyer and I had to have a lawyer look over my dialogues to ensure a lawyer would actually talk that way. Thanks to my previous law enforcement experience, I was pretty close.
What is your motto?
“I think, therefore I write…stuff.” I use it on my headers and stationary.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate…is there anything else?
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have to wish for a visit with my parents.
Tell us your latest news?
I am almost finished with book 3 of my series, and simultaneously working on the final book. I hope to have the third published in November. Not sure on that other one, I’m way behind in my personal schedule.
Thank you Allie Marie for taking the time to answers these questions.
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About the Author:
Author Allie Marie grew up in Virginia. Her favorite childhood pastime was reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries. When she embarked on a new vocation writing fiction after retiring from a career in law enforcement, it would have been understandable if her first book was a crime story. Researching her own family tree inspired her to write the True Colors Series instead. The other stories are patiently waiting their turn.
Her debut novel is Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story, a New England Readers’ Choice Award Finalist in paranormal. The second in the series, Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story releases in May 2016, with the third book Voice of the Just: The Blue Sapphire Story slated for release in fall 2016.
Besides family, her passions are travel and camping with her husband Jack.