Name: Alison Bliss
Where are you from? Texas
A little about yourself (ie: your education, family life, etc):
I am the youngest of five girls, which means I’ve never been one to turn down a challenge. Although I’ll always be a Texan at heart, I currently reside in the Midwest with my Iowa farm-boy husband and our two children. I’m an avid reader of romance, an animal lover, and a closet video game enthusiast.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news:
My debut romance, Rules of Protection, released in August with Entangled Publishing.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing five years ago when I was challenged by one of my sisters. It started out as a dare, but I haven’t put my pen down since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer the moment I won my first writing contest. It was only a local Christmas short story contest, but the editor of the newspaper brought me into his office and interviewed me, then told me he practically fell over his desk when he read my story. He said at that moment he knew he had the winning entry in his hands. It was such a thrill getting such a huge compliment.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. My writing is fast-paced and filled with witty humor.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I just played with words until I found a title I liked that also incorporated the theme of the story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message in Rules of Protection would be, “Finding love and family when and where you least expect it.”
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Not much. The place was probably the most realistic. I grew up visiting my uncle’s bird farm, which definitely inspired the setting of my novel.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Neither. All of my character’s experiences were completely fictional.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Where The Red Fern Grows has always been my favorite book. It’s not a love story, per say, but it definitely a story about love.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I sort of mentored myself. When I began writing, I didn’t know any other writers, so I read every how-to book I could get my hands on.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right now, I’m reading an ARC by my lovely author friend, Sonya Weiss.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes! Rachael Slate and Carol Pavliska are both releasing their debut romances in 2015 and I’m so excited about them! They are both fabulous writers and I can’t wait for others to be blown away by their stories.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Right now, I’m finishing up Book 2 (currently untitled) in the Tangled in Texas series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The Pure Bliss Street Team! I have no doubts I have the best street team out there. They are a fun group of fabulous people. They were such a huge support system for me while releasing my first book and are anxiously waiting for Book 2 to come out.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. I can’t imagine anything else I’d rather be doing with my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. Rules of Protection has received a great response from readers and I love that book to pieces. It was so much fun to write and I hope all of my future books turn out as well.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
An excerpt from Rules of Protection:
Four uniformed officers stood outside the interrogation room, including Stevens, who looked up and smiled. “Can I get you something, ma’am?”
“A ride home would be great.”
“Don’t bother,” Jake snarled, as he marched up behind me. “She’s not leaving.”
“You can’t keep me here against my will. I want to go home.”
“Tough. Like it or not, you’re a witness in a murder investigation.” He looked over to Stevens. “In fact, if she tries to leave again, shoot her.”
Generating steam, I started yelling and stomping my foot. “You’re violating my rights! I’ve been here for hours and answered all your stupid questions. I want to go home. Now!”
Jake smiled, as if he enjoyed my temper tantrum. “Patience is a virtue.”
“Yeah, well, so is virginity, but I don’t have that anymore, either.”
A few of the men snickered under their breaths. Jake gave them all a stern look. The hallway went silent, filled with stagnant air nobody wanted to breathe. Jake grasped my elbow and tried to lead me back into the interrogation room. “I’m not done with you yet. You’ll leave when I damn well say you can.”
I dug my heels into the floor. “I want to see your badge.”
“What?” He wheeled around, anger flashing in his eyes.
“You heard me. How do I know you are who you say you are?”
Jake never shifted his piercing eyes off mine as he reached into his shirt and pulled out a badge dangling from a chain around his neck. He held it up for me to get a closer look.
“Could be a fake,” I told him with a shrug.
The other officers in the room grinned with amusement, but a vein popped out of Jake’s temple. He was pissed. He pulled me into the interrogation room and pushed me roughly into the chair. Then he slammed the door on the laughter outside.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Each book has its own challenges and they’re always different.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Linda Howard. She’s a plotting genius.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet. Once I get further into my career, I’m hoping that will change, though. I would love to travel more.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write. I have two children, a husband, three dogs, and a household to maintain. It’s definitely a balancing act.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I can do anything I set my mind to do.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. In writing, there will be plenty of moments that you’ll want to, but don’t.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would like to meet my grandfather. He died before I was born and I never got the opportunity to get to know him.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Because I want to be remembered for the important things in life.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Horseback riding, camping, fishing, swimming, watching TV, playing video games with my kids, and hanging out with family and friends.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Romantic comedies are my favorite.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
Anything sweet / Maroon / Country music
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Something involving animals: farmer, rancher, or a zoologist, perhaps.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?