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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Interview with Allison Merritt for The Convict & the Cattleman

The Convict and the Cattleman

Welcome, everyone! I have invited author Allison Merritt on my blog today for an interview on her writing and about her book, The Convict & The Cattleman. Hope you enjoy :)

About the book:
His love is the key to her release. Sentenced to seven years of servitude in the penal colony of New South Wales, Bridgit Madden is thrust into a world unlike anything she's known, dangers she never imagined and enemies with their own interests at heart. Certain the conviction has ruined her chances of ever having a real family, she is fearful of her future. Despite his reluctance to take in a convict, grazier and pioneer cattleman Jonah Andrus needs a servant to care for his orphaned niece. When presented with Bridgit, who is far too beautiful and distracting, he initially tries to refuse. However, with a busy cattle station to oversee, he needs help right away. Upon her first meeting with Jonah's niece, Bridgit immediately falls in love with the baby and hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding her birth. As she gets to know her employer better, Bridgit makes it her mission to remind him that family is priceless. When it seems as though she might have found the place she truly belongs, their love is threatened by lies and deceit, and both of them might lose everything they hold dear for a second time. 
1. What inspired The Convict & the Cattleman?

It actually started way back in 2008. I hadn't written anything creative in almost five years and I wanted to do something unique and something I'd never done before. I'm from the American Midwest, so Australia wasn't really a place I was familiar with. It took a lot of research to get to a point where I felt comfortable setting the characters there, but it was worth it and I learned a ton!

2. Are you more hero-centric or heroine-centric when you're writing?

I try to pack in plenty of both, but I've always felt that a romance novel was more a good way to tell the heroine's story. I do a little paranormal historical writing as well and I tend to make them more hero-centric because of the story's circumstances.

3. If you can pick one of your characters to be your best friend, who would it be and why?

Phil Banner from The Convict and the Cattleman would be a good friend because he's very loyal and forgiving with a great sense of humor. He's the hero's best friend and friends with most of the people in the book. He's very easy to get along with.

4. What themes are prevalent in your books?

I try to focus on some kind of familial relationship, and usually the good outweighing the bad, even if it's a rough journey for the characters. With Convict, I wanted Bridgit to help Jonah realize family was more important than anything, and she knew because she'd lost hers, but in the end no matter how bad things seemed, she gained the love of her life and a family again.

5. What would you like readers to get out of reading your books?

I've always hoped they'll be entertained, maybe get a laugh or just sympathize with the characters. I hope they say 'aww, what a nice ending' when they reach the final words on the page. I think we all just want a good story that can take us our of our real world problems for a while.
About the author:
A life-long love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.

Books by Allison:
The Treasure Hunter's Lady
The Sky Pirate's Wife
The Turncoat's Temptress
One Day In D.C. (contemporary novella)
The Convict and the Cattleman
The Wrong Brother's Bride

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  1. Thanks so much for having me, Mary!

  2. Oh wow!! This sounds like such a fun read! I find it hard to find romances set in Australia besides authors who resides there but this is just awesome!

  3. Sounds interesting and the cover is amazing. :) Thanks for sharing!

    Baileys @ Unladylike Reviews



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