Author Interview with Romantic Suspense Author Allison Pearl

Congratulations on your new release

Give us a quick one paragraph summary of your latest release.

Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.

Is this book part of a series, or a stand-alone?

This one is part of my ‘Love and Danger in St. Claire’ series, but the focus is on a couple characters we’ve met but not really explored. If you read it as a stand-alone, there may be some spoilers for books one and two, but I think you’ll love it all the same.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Don’t wait for someone else to give you validation. Know you’re a writer because that’s who you know you are. Don’t wait for other people to believe in you. Believe in God and believe in yourself.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A pantser for sure, but I think I’m getting better 😉 A big part of that is because I’ve taken responsibility for some mental and physical health issues. I will never shy away from talking about my mental health struggles, because I want other writers to know that there is no stigma about getting professional help. I’m never going to be an outliner or a big story pre-planner because that’s just not my process. However, when I stop seeking treatment or ignore my body’s red flags, my work always suffers. My concentration and passion dissipate. Never feel ashamed to seek the care you need. Then, you’ll really love the work.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences?

We go to Pittsburgh in ‘Sprinkled with Sabotage’ and that happens to be my favorite city in the whole world. I think I could write a whole book about the little shops and restaurants I was lucky enough to try when I lived there. One of my goals in life is to never live more than a few hours away from that epic entrance to the Pittsburgh stage through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. It was so fun to put real elements of the scenery in this story.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

Actually, my friend Madi helped with that particular problem. I had had a title down, but I just didn’t feel settled about it. One day, we were talking about my concerns and she pointed me in the right direction. So… thanks, Madi! We may both be hot messes, but together… well together we might actually be worse LOL. But we sure do have fun! 

 Are you working on anything new? Tease us a little bit!

I love a series that is always adding fun new characters into an existing story. It’s so awesome when it goes from a romance between two people to a whole world of conflict, love, danger, and suspense. When that happens, the endings we’ve decided on are now thrown into uncertainty and literally anything can happen. With that in mind, I’ve been working on Book 4 of the ‘Love and Danger in St. Claire’ series. This time, we’re going to meet a lot of new people who are going to give us some back story that we’ve all been waiting for and a better look at some of the characters we may not have a handle on yet. So be on the lookout for the next Chapter!

Where can readers find you online?

I feel like I’m everywhere and I love it! You can find me at my website allison-pearl.com and on Twitter(@AllisonPearl5), Instagram(@allisonnicolepearl), and Facebook(facebook.com/allisonnicolepearl)

A complete stranger is the only one who can help determine the connection between her past and her present.

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