Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Author Interview: Allison Blanchard, author of Forget Me Not

By now you guys know about Forget Me Not by Allison Blanchard. But today we have an interview with Allison herself, so you can get to know a little more about the author!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I am currently a college student double majoring in English Creative Writing and French. I am Co-Candidate Mentor for my sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega. I overcommit to so many different organizations on campus that sometimes I forget to eat or sleep. Who needs to do that anyway?

I am also a self-proclaimed Jesus freak! I love my God and I am blown away by all of the blessings He is heaping on me. I definitely don't feel worthy.

I am also in love with France and French culture (hence the double major). I am obsessed with pink, sparkly things. I aspire to be Audrey Hepburn. I feel complete only when I have a book in my hand or pen and paper. I think that about does it.

What inspired you to write Forget Me Not?

Long story short, I heard a voice start talking to me when I was in study hall freshmen year of high school. I did my best to ignore the voice (who is later named Adeline), but she wouldn't shut up. So, I began writing down what she was saying and couldn't stop. It wasn't until three months later did I realize I had written a book.

What do you find to be the most rewarding part of writing?

Good question. For me, it is the simple act of losing myself in a world where anything is possible. I love watching my characters grow and become completely new people. I probably sound like a mom, but that has to be my favorite part of writing. Watching my characters grow and learning from them.

Any advice for aspiring authors out there?

Write everyday. Your writing only gets better if you continually work on it.

And never ever ever give up. No matter who tells you to. I've had plenty of teachers, professors, and "friends" tell me to just give it up, shelve it, and let FMN gather dust. But I refused. My belief in my characters is just too strong. Their story needed to be heard.

What's your favorite line from Forget Me Not and why?

My favorite line would have to be:
Life is beautifully tragic. Giving it up isn’t the hard part; it’s the living part that everyone struggles with.
It is from the prologue and really expresses not only what my characters go through, but what I was going through during the writing process. This book was born only a few months after losing my father to cancer. So, I personally understand the reality of that statement.

For more about Forget Me Not check out these sites!


2 comments:

  1. Aw I love the favorite line! I hadn't seen this book before I'll have to hunt it down on GR! :)

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  2. Ahhh yes that quote.....very true!

    Lovely interview!

    Michelle

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