Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”
When you are writing, what are some go to’s that you needs? IE Foods to eat, noise level, place to sit.
When I’m working on a book, I need a comfortable chair and silence in whatever room I’m in. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those authors who can write to music or have it playing as background noise. It’s just too distracting for me, and I end up chair-dancing and singing way more than actually writing. For snacks, I usually grab some of my kids’ Goldfish Crackers or steal some of my husband’s Twizzlers. But anything that isn’t messy and won’t stick to my fingers or gunk up my keyboard will do.
What are you favorite things about attending signings?
I love seeing all the familiar faces of the authors and readers I already know, as well as making new friends. As an author, I spend a lot of time making connections online through social media, and that’s great. But it’s nice to be able to see their faces in person and not as a thumbnail. You learn so much more about a person when you can see their expressions and hear their tone of voice.
What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?
I’d love to meet Rebecca Zanetti in person because her books are always so much fun to read. I’m not usually much of a paranormal romance reader, but her Dark Protectors series is one of my favorites! She writes about alpha males who are protective, loyal, and even a bit bossy, and then she pairs them up with strong, sassy heroines who will challenge them and defy them in every way. It makes for great chemistry on the pages and a whole lot of enjoyment for the reader. Her books are an automatic one-click for me.
When you are writing, do you have a consistent schedule where you write every day at the same time or are you a sit and go on different days to get it done kinda person?
When my kids were younger, I used to write every day and stayed on a familiar schedule. Now that they are older and involved in more extracurricular school activities, I find myself constantly on the go and my working hours have become much more erratic. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to balance family responsibilities with writing time. But the one thing I make sure I do is to work on the same days my husband does each week so that we always have our days off together. That way we can spend time together, do a family movie night, or play games with the kids, and I won’t feel pressured to get back to work.
What is your favorite memory so far as an author?
It’s so hard to choose just one since there are so many proud moments to look back on. Like when my dream agent first offered to represent me. The signing of my first contract. The release of my first book. Spotting my first mass-market paperback on the bookshelves in the stores. That moment my editor told me I was a bestselling author. When I received the phone call that Size Matters had won the 2017 Holt Medallion in Long Contemporary. But I would have to say my favorite memories are the ones I’ve made while attending WOTR for the past four years in a row. It’s my favorite event, and it’s something I look forward to every year!
Do you have a book that is your most prized possession? What is it and why is it so amazing?
I have a lot of signed books from other authors, and I consider each of them to be prized possessions. But the books on my shelf that I cherish the most are my own. I hope that doesn’t come off any certain way, but I have to be honest. Like other authors, I work very hard to bring my books to life. Not only that, but I also give up precious time with my children and husband in order to write them. That alone tells of their extreme importance to me. I don’t give up time spent with my family for just anything. It has to be something that matters greatly to me. And my books do. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be an author. 🙂
What are your social links?
FB Author Page: http://facebook.com/AuthorAlisonBliss
What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)