Allison Pittman is the author of 9 novels, including the Christy finalist Sister Wife Series (Tyndale) and the Carol Award winning Stealing Home (Multnomah). She lives in San Antonio where she heads up a multi-genre writing group and serves as an officer in her local ACFW chapter. She is the mother of three handsome boys and married to the world’s greatest guy, Mike.
Allison will be giving away one copy of her newest release, All for a Song, to one lucky winner this week (U.S. resident). All you have to do is answer this question from Allison in the comments: All for a Song tells the story of a young woman who worships through her music. What is your favorite worship song?
And, now for the interview!
Welcome, Allison, and thanks for joining us at Novel PASTimes! We’re glad to have this chance to learn more about you and your books. Tell us a little bit about the storyline for your latest novel, All for a Song.
Everything seems to be falling into place for Dorothy Lynn Dunbar as romance blossoms between her and the man who is to assume the role of pastor following her father’s death. As she contemplates the life that seems to be perfectly mapped out before her, she is troubled by the small inkling that she might be missing out on something. It is during a trip to St. Louis that Dorothy Lynn finds herself facing all that life might hold for her when she is forced to make decisions that will forever alter her future.
Introduce us briefly to the main characters.
In All for a Song we meet Dorothy Lynn Dunbar on her 107th birthday—the last day of her life. Throughout the story, she remembers a pivotal time when she left her fiancé, the handsome young pastor Brent Logan, and joins the worship team of famed evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, all at the urging of the charismatic Roland Lundi.
What drew you toward writing historical romance? What do you like most about it?
I have to say that I’m more drawn to the historical aspect rather than the romance. I love delving into the details of how we used to live—not just the fashions and technologies, but also the completely different point-of-view. What we accept, and what we don’t. Looking into the past with an objective eye, and you can use elements of the time period to help convey theme. Not that you can’t do that with a contemporary story, but it’s easier, I think, with history, to step back and study with a more critical, editorial eye.
That’s an interesting way to look at it. Your books have included some very interesting characters and scenarios – baseball in the early 1900s, marrying into the Mormon faith, life in the Roaring 20s. What kinds of things sparked the ideas for your different series?
Each one is so different! I have to say, though, that most are sparked by some real person, or a true event that I want to bring into a different light. I always start with a character, and the character takes on form and meaning and conflict, and then I have to decide just where and when to set the story. It usually starts with something so small. A line of dialogue, or a photograph. All for a Song came to me when I thought about the immense changes someone sees after living for a century. Then I thought about an old woman confronting and iPad. And then, the story just happened.
Historical fiction requires so much research. What’s the most interesting (or unusual, or funny) thing you’ve done in the name of research for a book?
Come back tomorrow for Allison’s answer to this and other questions. And don’t forget to answer her question for you, so you’ll have a chance to win a copy of All for a Song yourself. Just leave your answer as a comment, and remember to spell out ‘at’ and ‘dot’ to help cut down on spam. Allison’s question for you is:
All for a Song tells the story of a young woman who worships through her music. What is your favorite worship song?
See you tomorrow!