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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Playing 20 Questions with Allison Merritt!

I apologize for the wait folks, Blogger has been misbehaving. 

Today I am joined by the lovely Allison Merritt . . .

EM: Welcome to My World, Allison. Thank you so much for stopping by to play twenty questions with me : ) Are you ready to play 20 questions? *Rubs hands together*

AM: Oh, yeah!

Which do you find harder to write?

1.     First person POV or Third?
First person. Third is tricky, trying to avoid pronouns, but I think it's much harder not to use I.

2.     As a male or female?
I've never tried it as a male, I bet it's really tough to get into a male perspective.

3.     Beginning, middle or end of the story?
The beginning. I always want to info dump and if I can avoid that, then I forget to bring in dialogue. D'oh!

4.     Fight scenes or smex scenes?
Fight scenes. Mine are never fast-faced enough.

5.     Synopsis or blurb?
Synopsis. It always sounds like a boring, monotone old lady wrote mine.

As a writer, do you prefer:

6.     Writing in the morning, afternoon or evening?
The evening. I'm a night owl, I love staying up until two in the morning to write when I can.

7.     Writing with music, or in peace?
I'll take music, but more often I have the TV on, just for the noise as long as it's a movie or show I've already seen.

8.     Planning, or Improvising?
Improvising. My plans in writing and in life never seem to go as I think they should. I like spontaneity.

9.     Juggling a few projects, or concentrating on one at a time?
Usually I just work on one story at a time, but I can edit and work on something else. I was editing The Treasure Hunter's Lady while working on NaNoWriMo in November. It went okay, but I did lose my first NaNo.

10.  Sticking to one genre, or exploring many?
I definitely want to explore. I never thought I'd want to do a full contemporary—the short stories I've published are contemp, but the more I think about it, I'd like to write a contemporary western romance and I have a great idea for a post-WWII romance.

As a reader, do you prefer:

11.  Story being told from female view or male?
Both. I like books that delve into both POVS, so I know what's going on with each of them.

12.  Good guys or bad boys?
Bad boys. But not too bad because I like them to be tender too.

13.  Feisty females or fragile damsels?
Feisty. I like a woman who can stand up for herself, but I'm a sucker for having the hero save the day too.

14.  Stand alone stories or series?
Either. Sometimes I get ticked when they do cliffhanger endings in series.

15.  Quick reads or long stories?
I actually prefer long stories. I like the detail you get out of them.

16.  Romance as a side dish or the main course?
Main course, unless there's plenty of paranormal activity.

17.  Erotica or soft romance or something in-between?
Something in between.

18.  More action or humor?
Humor. Sometimes I find myself skipping parts of the action.

Just for fun:

19.  Vampires or Angels?
Angels. Something about heavenly muscles does it for me.

20. Werewolves or Demons? 
Oh, tough one. Let's go werewolves.

What are you currently working on?
Right now I'm working on the follow-up novel to my current release. It's called The Sky Pirate's Wife, a steampunk romance that involved some Native American mythology. The hero is a character from The Treasure Hunter's Lady. He wouldn't leave me alone until I wrote his story and it's a doozy.

Do you have any current release?

Yes! The Treasure Hunter's Lady is a steampunk romance.


Romy Farrington seems to have the perfect life—a world-famous archeologist father and upcoming marriage to a wealthy businessman. But to Romy, her new life among the elitists is like a punishment.

For years, she traveled the world at her father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.

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Where can readers find you on the internet?

EM: Thank you so much for joining me, Allison!


  1. LOL, I loved this interview!!!
    Allison, I'm a huge fan of yours. I read Treasure Hunter's Lady and I LOVED it! I can hardly wait for your next book!

  2. I can hardly wait to finish the next book, Brenda. So close to a first draft and I can already see some changes I need to make, but I'm so excited!

  3. Thank you for stopping by, Allison. It was lovely to have you :-)