AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Allie Boniface
Author Allie Boniface has dropped by for a quick interview:
What is your most current work out?
My newest release is Beacon of Love with Lyrical Press. It’s a small-town contemporary romance about a haunted lighthouse, the travel show reporter who comes to town to film a story about it, and the hunky hometown handyman who falls for her.
Tell us a little about Beacon of Love:
I’ve always loved writing about small towns, all their secrets and the quirkiness of the people who live there. When Sophie comes from the “big city” of New York to the coastal town of Lindsey Point, Connecticut, she finds that there’s more than one story to uncover. And when she finds out that she herself is related to the haunted lighthouse, things get a lot more complicated!
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
I usually plot a lot of the story, but the characters always surprise me! I actually didn’t know I was going to write a whole sub-plot for Beacon of Love until I realized Lucas, the hero, was grieving over more than the loss of his fiancée, who’d cheated on him.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I’ve always loved a happy ending – in stories, in movies, even in my own life! Writing romance ensures that readers will get that happy ending when they pick up a book. I don’t think I’m solely married to romance for the rest of my writing career, though. I’d really like to delve into YA too.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
It’s tough to pick a favorite! I do love Lucas in Beacon of Love, first of all because he’s tall and strong and will do anything for his loved ones, but he’s also introverted and wounded from past loss. He’s the epitome of still waters running deep. My other favorite hero has to be Eddie, from The Promise of Paradise. I get more swoon-worthy reviews and comments about him from my readers than about any other hero. He’s a strong, sexy, tattooed car mechanic who’s got enough of a soft side that he falls for both a kitten in the rain and a girl who’s from a totally different world than his. What’s not to love?
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Interestingly, I have a tough time writing ALL of my female characters. I’m not sure why that is, maybe because I’m both tapping into my own psyche but at the same time trying not to “use ” myself in the character. It’s an ongoing challenge! The men are much easier for me to write, for some reason.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Finding the time! I’m a high school English teacher by day, so much of the school year is taken up with lesson planning and paper grading.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. And martinis. Strangely enough, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate martinis, though. Too sweet.
What TV Show are you addicted to?
Believe it or not, Survivor. My husband and I have watched every episode of every season since it began. We don’t follow any other reality show, but there’s something about the combination of an exotic locale and starving, dehydrated people plotting behind each other’s backs (plus the requisite sexy guy in bathing trunks, for me anyway) that draws us in every time.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
I signed my first publishing contract with Samhain Publishing in 2007, and I was over the moon! I can’t remember who I told first, but it was probably my husband. He’s been around to help support and celebrate my writing from the start!
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
I’m not much of a squealer, but I’ll pick up a Jodi Picoult or a Stephen King without much more than a glance at the cover or the back blurb. Both are great storytellers, and I know I’m in for a treat when I settle down with one of their books. In fact, I just finished King’s Under the Dome, and every page of the 1300+ had me hanging on the edge. I loved it!
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
LOL – while there IS a lot about teaching that could be considered pesky, I wouldn’t give up my day job even if I won the lottery. I love teaching teenagers – they’re the right age so I can be sarcastic…but I can also talk to them seriously about what they’re going to find in their future and how to prepare for it. I love it.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
I have a few: When Harry Met Sally, The Glass House, Slumdog Millionaire, Babe, and Brokeback Mountain (most with happy endings, but a good sobfest never hurts either).
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
Interesting question! My One Night… books (all with Samhain Publishing) are much more about that “love at first sight” moment, since they all take place over 24 hours and explore what happens when people really do fall right away. But I also love the idea of slow growth, the friends-to-lovers approach, which is what you’ll find in some of my other books. I don’t write anything much over PG-13, which will give you an idea about the steam level, and that I like to explore the “falling” phase rather than the “sheets in a ball on the floor” phase.
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