Friday, June 7, 2013

Allie Pleiter Visits the Barn Door Book Loft

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Allie! We are glad to have you visit with us today!

Is there a story behind The Fireman’s Homecoming?
When George Bradens turned up having a prodigal son in Falling for the Fireman, I knew Clark was going to need to come home to Gordon Falls and get his own story.  Melba was one of those characters who popped into my head fully formed--which is rare for me--complete with her father.  The rest of the story unfolded in layers, with the twists and turns often surprising me as much as I hope they surprise the reader. These “organic” stories--the ones that come to you rather than you chasing them--are among my favorite to write.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
My mom saved a book I wrote as a child about an adding machine (evidently I was quirky even back then), but I can’t remember where I put that treasure. 

What’s the last thing you wrote?
I’m always working on several books at once, so that right now I’m waffling back and forth between one historical and one contemporary story.  I’m pleased to say that there will be six Gordon Falls books in all.

Do you archive everything you write?
Not everything.  If I did, there wouldn’t be space to live in my house.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
Occasionally, but not very often.  Masked by Moonlight was a book proposal that was seven years old when I brought it back to life.  I’m happy to say that most of my ideas get to become books.  Not all, but most.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?
It’s always the one I’m working on.  Right now that would be the third in the Gordon Falls series, The Firefighter’s Match, due out in November.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?
I have loads of fun with my characters, but I think Nigel from My So-Called Love Life is the one who amused me the most.  I get letters every month asking for him to get his own book.  Maybe someday.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
Hands down, it has to be the Beatrice, biddy old spinster from my last book, Family Lessons.  I love how someone wrote me to say they spent half the book wanting to sock her.  While I don’t condone the socking of anyone (except maybe with hand-knit socks!), I do enjoy that people had such an intense reaction to her.  She was a meanie, most definitely.

How do people react when they find out you write?
I think they’re a bit surprised, hopefully pleasantly so.  I get a lot of “Wow, you don’t look like an inspirational romance author”--but I’m never quite sure what that means.  It’s not like we all wear tiaras or bonnets or walk around with quill and parchment :)  Then they ususally either ask me where they get my ideas, or tell me they’ve been meaning to write a book.  I get that a lot, too.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?
No one in particular.  I pull from a variety of inspirations.

Do you have a mentor?
I learned the ropes of speaking and authorship from Charlene Ann Baumbich, working for three years as her assistant.  I love that we’re colleagues now, and get together frequently.  She’s a wonderful writer friend to have.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The Fireman’s Homecoming is the second in the Gordon Falls series.  My next book is The Firefighter’s Match coming in November, and it is the third book in the series.  It will feature the Gordon Falls Volunteer Fire Department’s first female fire-fighter, so I’m excited for readers to meet JJ Jones.  You’ll get to meet JJ’s brother, Max, in the fourth series book next year.

That’s it! Thank you bunches.

Readers: You may purchase The Fireman's Homecoming at:
 Or have your local library order it in for you! 

Allie Pleiter is giving away a copy of The Fireman's Homecoming. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not to late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview. I tho't it was funny when some people say she doesn't look like an author. DUD? What are they supposed to look like? They are just women or men who write books. I would like to enter for a chance to win this book. I don't have a book by Allie yet. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

cjajsmommy said...

I'm a pastor's wife and I learned after a few bad experiences to never tell the lady doing my hair that my husband was a pastor. As soon as the gal with the scissors and hair dryer heard that, they would give me "big" hair, like you see on TV. I guess they thought that's what a pastor's wife should look like, lol.

Please enter my name for a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cindi A said...

Nice interview!!
Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

Library Lady said...

Thanks for introducting me to Allie Pleiter and her books.
Janet E.

Jo said...

Thanks for the great interview. I would love to read this book.


KayM said...

Enjoyed the interview. It's fun to get to know new authors (new to me). I would enjoy reading The Fireman's Homecoming.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed the interview. Can't imagine how Allie works on several books at one time! She's amazing. pat at ptbradley dot com

Rose Milligan said...

It must be wonderful to have people react so strongly to a character, whether good or bad. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Merry said...

I've enjoyed several of Allie's books (Masked by Moonlight is a favorite), please add me for The Fireman's Homecoming.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Erin S said...

What a great interview!

emstclair {at} gmail {dot} com

Joy Hannabass said...

I would love to read this sounds awesome!
Thanks ladies!

Janet K Brown said...

Good interview. I would love to win. Sounds good.

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