Best-selling Author of Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction
Welcome to another day of “Author Week”. I know you’ll enjoy learning more about Allie.
Hi, Allie! I’m glad you’re here!
Have you always wanted to be a writer and when did you start writing?
I can definitely say, yes, I always wanted to be a writer. In grade school, I would make up stories all the time (sometimes when I should have been doing my math or science work instead!). And I’ve always loved to read. I majored in English in college and graduate school and ended up being an English teacher (which I love!) But I was never sure I could sit down and write a whole novel until sometime around 2001. Suddenly, I found myself jotting down story ideas and fragments of scenes, sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. Finally I gave in and joined a writers’ group. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to find many good friends and supporters, and they’ve helped me shape my craft and learn about the world of publishing and marketing. I wrote 4 novels between 2001 and 2006. I sold my first in January of 2007 and my second in April of 2007. Now I’m hooked!
How do you describe Allie Boniface? How does Allie Boniface’s husband describe her?
Wow, great question! I guess I’d describe her as motivated and organized (yes, I’m a fanatical list-maker!). She’s a chocolate lover, an animal lover, a romantic (of course!), and a musician who is lucky enough to have a baby grand piano in her living room that she plays all the time. Most of all, she’s the kind of girl who makes the most of every day, ‘cause life’s too short to do otherwise.
My husband, when asked this question, said several flattering things about who Allie is…none of which can be repeated here, though, since they’re rather…ahem…R-rated. So I let him off the hook, especially since today’s his birthday. Hey, romance begins at home, right?
How old were you when you had your first romantic kiss? Was it with your little kindergarten classmate, or the first major crush of your young life?
This may surprise readers – I was old!
I was 16 and had just started dating a New Boyfriend who was 18. We went to a party at a friend’s house, and his ex-girlfriend was there and threw a jealous fit. He asked his Good Friend to drive me home and stayed to calm down his ex. Little did New Boyfriend know that I had had a major crush on Good Friend for the last 2 years… Good Friend drove me home, took a detour, and let’s just say that by the end of the week, I wasn’t dating New Boyfriend anymore. I suppose even back then, I liked a little drama in my romance!
Sweet 16 isn’t old! I love how you went to the party with one boyfriend and ended up getting a new boyfriend - one you had a crush on anyhow! How do you celebrate after finishing a book or meeting a deadline?
Actually, I don’t do a whole lot of celebrating When I finish a book, I tend to take a few days off from writing altogether and then tackle my next project. To be honest, writing is just plain fun, so I feel as though I celebrate a little bit every time I sit down at my computer.
If you could bring one character to life who would it be and why?
Oh, the hero of Lost in Paradise, Eddie West. Eddie’s a mechanic who loves the ladies but is also nursing a broken soul. He likes to come across as a playboy, but in truth he’s intuitive and sensitive. Eddie is actually roughly based on a good friend of mine, but of course I spiced him up a little in the book! From the first days of drafting this novel, my early readers always loved Eddie. What’s not to love? He’s hot, good with his hands, and has a tender side. I think every woman could use an Eddie West in her life – to keep her car running and keep her bed warm!
I definitely want to read more about Eddie. He sounds like my kind of character. Readers, be forewarned that once you start reading LOST IN PARADISE, I bet you won’t want to stop reading. After I read the excerpt, I’m anxious to buy it.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
Thanks for featuring small press authors this week, Diane! I feel very fortunate that I have had the experience of working with both Samhain Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. Both these presses make their authors’ success a priority.
Allie, thanks for a terrific interview. I learned more neat things about you! Readers, please visit her website and blog. When you leave comments for Allie, you’ll be entered into my drawing. I’ll announce the winner here on March 30th!
Ashton Kirk, youngest daughter of a prestigious senator, fiancée of a hotshot attorney, and fresh Harvard graduate, is headed for a promising law career when scandal breaks apart her family. Suddenly, she finds herself newly single and ashamed of her name. To escape, she rents an apartment in the sleepy town of Paradise, New Hampshire, where no one knows who she is.
Ashton hopes for solitude, but all bets are off when Eddie West, the town’s most eligible bachelor, moves in downstairs. The brawny auto mechanic loves his women and his cars shiny, sleek, and fast, and when he meets his new housemate, he wastes no time getting friendly. While Eddie is looking for a no-strings romance, though, he gets more than he bargained for in Ash, who sees through his bravado to the pain of a loss too fresh to mention.
Can two people from different worlds find common ground, a place to fall in love and build a future together? Or will Ashton’s past and Eddie’s scars keep them apart just as the summer heat brings them together? Is it possible to find your soul mate in the place you least expect to?
“Lost in Paradise” by Allie Boniface is an emotional love story that draws the reader in and keeps the pages turning as the couple overcomes obstacles on their journey to true love…[it] was a delight to read. I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story that brings an unlikely couple together - a couple that overcomes all odds to find the love they both deserve.” - Devon, Fallen Angel Reviews