Today’s guest is multi-talented, multi-published romance writer Allie Harrison. Allie shares where she gets her ideas and what she is working on.
Take it away, Allie…
Nice to meet everyone and see you all here. I’m Allie Harrison. I write suspense and paranormal. (And for those of you who want something racier, I write erotic as Allie Quinn. But for now, I’m Allie Harrison.)
Why do you write what you do?
I remember being a very young girl reading as many gothic romance novels I could get my hands on. Then of course I just seemed to sail into reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz and Sandra Brown.
So I think the paranormal/suspense genre picked me instead of the other way around. I love reading and writing anything that keeps me on the edge of my seat! As Allie Harrison, I’m presently working on a series called the Haunted. So if you’re in the mood for a little ghostly romance, please feel free to check out Hargrove House, Montgomery Manor, or Camden Place. Camden Place is my latest release and was released March 1, 2017. It’s a fun, creepy little ghostly romance set in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most haunted cities I’ve ever visited, and one that holds a special place in my heart. I dare you to step inside Camden Place. Just stay away from Death Alley. (I even included photos of Death Alley.)
Before I go any farther, let me tell you ALL of my books are stand alone books, even those which are part of a series. So you can read them in any order. The Haunted books all have a ‘supposedly’ haunted house with a super hot hero. He might not be human, but he’s super hot.
I have always been intrigued with ghostly things, which is why I enjoy writing about them. I also like ghostly places, which is why I visit them. I don’t mind riding my bike around the cemetery at dusk. And I have to admit I would be more afraid of falling through a rotten floor in an old house than I would meeting a ghost.
And if you’re interested in suspense without paranormal, you can check out my Invisible where you will discover just how far a mother will go to keep her son safe. There is also A Twist of Betrayal which will leaving you wondering how many secrets a husband can keep from the wife he loves.
Where do you get your ideas?
Writing has always come easy to me. I remember many years ago when I was in 7th grade our teacher used to give us pictures of strange things like hands on a stained glass window, and tell us to write a one-page story about what we saw. In my story, the hands would be alien hands on the window of our spaceship that just landed on Mars. It was my favorite class! And other people would ask me to write their story.
I get my ideas from everywhere. And I people watch all the time. I can be in WalMart and see a lady yelling at her husband. Then I can go home and make that husband into a serial killer.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on my 4th Haunted series book, Winsgate Drive. It is a re-write of the very first book I ever wrote. In it, the hero, Jake, is an artist and is repainting an old carousel. I got the idea at our local mall, which has an old-fashioned carousel in the courtyard. I happened to be walking past it and looking at the kids riding it and I wondered What if you went back in time when you rode it?
Imagine if you will having a dream lover visit you in the night while you’re sleeping. And then the next day after work, you arrive home to find that hot, sexy dream lover standing on your front porch! That’s what happens to Kate McCoy. I had planned on having it released Fall 2017, but for the first time ever, I’m way ahead of schedule with it. So the tentative release date is August 2017.
What do you do for writer’s block?
I seldom suffer from writer’s block. I have too many burners burning at the same time. If something doesn’t work for me, I back up and take it a new direction. I have even been known to actually stop a story that just isn’t working and work on a completely different story with new characters who feel like having their story told. As a matter of fact, I’m usually trying to finish one story while other stories are fighting to push their way to the front!
Any tips for fellow writers?
I wish I had true, perfect, guaranteed-to-work advice for those of you out there who would like to write. The only real advice is: Write. If you want to write, then do it. Is it easy? Not always. There are so many things that interfere with writing — family, day job, kids, aging parents, other obligations.
Then there’s so much more to it when you actually do put your duff in the chair and do it — marketing, selling, editing, what’s the best cover, just to name a few. I know, that may seem scarier than one of my Haunted books, but don’t be afraid. It’s not nearly as creepy as venturing down into one of the haunted cellars in one of my stories!
If you really want to do it, set up a writing schedule, join a group of fellow writers for support and input, and let your stories out. I know from my own experience that if you’re meant to write and you don’t, your untold stories will try to eat you alive!
To my readers and fans and to Zara West for allowing me this opportunity, I’d like to give a heart-felt thank you. Thank you for reading my stories. Thank you for your support. Thank you for the reviews you post. Feel free to like me on Facebook where you can always message me. I hope to hear from you soon!
And see all my books and read free chapters on my website: www.AllieQuinn.com
by Allie Harrison
Her past is a mystery.
His future is in jeopardy.
From the first moment Clare Newman steps into Camden Place—from the squeak in the floor and the sweet scent of apple pie to the candles she lights on the dining room table—it feels like home. It’s a place she can find refuge from her nightmares. It’s a place where she can make a fresh start… …
Except there’s a misty figure with a knife who disappears into the library. …
Except there’s Liam Camden, the man who built Camden Place over a century and a half before, who doesn’t disappear, who seems to be the only one who can see and talk to Clare.
But who is the real ghost? Clare, who somehow found the doorway to 1847? Or Liam, who died mysteriously one hundred and fifty years ago?
When danger creeps closer, will the timeless love they share be enough to keep them safe? All of Allie Harrison’s Books are Stand-Alone Books.
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