Everyone, I’m excited to have my friend, and fellow Author, Allison Cosgrove with us today! Yay!!! Grab your popcorn or chocolate, and pull up a chair. Let’s get to know Allison a little better today! 🙂
Allison Cosgrove was born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario. A married mother of three daughters, she works in accounting by day and creates her own worlds by night. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters hiking in the woods or sitting by the fire reading a good book. She has had the love of reading and writing detective mysteries from the age of twelve but it has only been since the birth of her youngest that she has gotten serious about crafting some of her own works for others to enjoy. She credits her family and friends with being the driving force that has given her the strength to breathe life into her books.
Hello Allison, and welcome to the Blog! While you get settled, I’ll start with a question I’d personally like to know the answer to…when did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I love reading. Have since I was really little. I started writing when I was younger and ended up being badly discouraged by a teacher in grade eight and stopped writing for years. It wasn’t until more recently that I picked up the pen for good and really started honing my craft.
Please tell us more about your latest book!
Its an action packed race against time to save a young girl from a fate shared with many before her. For me it shows the reality of how easily a cult could operate within modern day society. And of course there is the good old stand by of good versus evil!
Ooohh…I love it! Can you share with us where the inspiration behind your writing comes from?
I, like many other, seek justice for those who have been hurt by crime. I don’t run the justice system, I don’t fight crime, but this is my way of finding hope that good will eventually win out and triumph over evil.
I also read a lot of true crime as a hobby. So a lot of my baddies and the techniques employed to catch them are usually based in reality to some degree.
So, if you could make one of your characters real for a day, who would you choose and why?
That would have to be my main character Stan Brookshire. He has seen so much in his life, survived so many things, and has come through it all better for it. I would love to just have the time to pick his brain and learn what he knows about life.
He seems like an interesting guy, I don’t blame you. I am always fascinated by what fellow writer friends read…what are your top five favorite books?
I don’t know that I could actually narrow it down to just five. Not sure that it would be fair. I have ready so many books spanning so many different genres that it would not be fair. Some amazing series I have enjoyed immensely are “The Sword of Truth” Sage by Terry Goodkind. “The Gunslinger” Stephen King, Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler, Alex Cross series by James Patterson, Flowers in the Attic and subsequent books by VC Andrews.
“The Gunslinger”…this is part of why we are friends, you know that, right? LOL So, I’m just curious…have you ever experienced Writer’s Block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Absolutely. I do at least once or twice a year. Usually if its not a bad block, I will just wait it out until I strike my fancy to write again. Generally those are due to much going on in my life and I just need a break. If they continue for long periods of time then I will usually work on a writing exercise, like a stream of consciousness and that generally gets the motor running again.
Ahhh…so that’s your secret? lol What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
What don’t I do…kidding. I cook, bake, knit, crochet, quilt, hike, read, sew, crossstitch,. Plus I work full time and raise three wonderful kids, and care for a wonderful hubby.
You sound busy – I love it! Do you have any advice for budding writers?
Write for you. Don’t write because someone told you to. Write because you have it in your soul to do. Love what you write but learn from it too. There is always room for improvement, so grow a thick skin and hone your craft.
Great advice, and I agree with it completely. So, what can we expect to see from you in the future Allison, and where can we find your work?
Well Sacrifice of Innocence is the beginning of an ongoing series of at present 10 books which are currently in varying stages of editing and writing. The next book in the series is called Dragon Twins.
All of my books are available on Amazon and through my publishers website.
One last question before we wrap up the interview…and it’s just for fun. If you were alone in the woods for a year with only one book, what would it be and why?
A blank empty book with no words. Then I could write my own! Ha! On a serious note there are so many wonderful books out there that I would almost be tempted to say a really nice picture book. One that I would be able to recreate adventures for. Otherwise if I had to pick an already written book I would have to say I would take my edition of Shakespeare completed works. That would certainly keep me busy for a while on so many wonderful levels.
Clever girl you, alone on an island for a year – of course a blank book would be perfect! LOL
And now it’s time for our Rapid-Fire Round of the day!! Strap into your chair, Miss Allison!
Chocolate or Wine? Chocolate!
eReader or Paperback? Paperback!
Bra or No Bra? Depends on the time of day LOL
Shower or Bath? Bath!
Beach or Pool? Beach!
Heels or Flats? Heels!
Sweet or Sour? Sweet!
Cats or Dogs? Cats!
Thank you SO much for stopping by for a visit today, Allison! I appreciate your time and candid answers!! 🙂 If you would like to stalk..er…follow Allison Cosgrove, you can find her work on Amazon as well as through her Publisher’s Website. Please read on for more about Sacrifice Of Innocence…and then go run over to Amazon and get your copy today! 😀
A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before its too late?