Let’s Chat! Author Allison Pittman

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Allison!

Right up there among my top 5 people in the entire world sits Allison Pittman. I met Allison about ten years ago and have grown to love her more as the years go by. She’s a spectacular author who’s been honored more times than I have fingers on a single hand. (She’s gotten comfortable on the Christy Award stage 🙂 Believe me—you’re gonna love this week’s chat. (One thing I dearly love about Allison is she never—and I mean NEVER—is unable to find the time to help me or listen to me or bounce things around with me.) Allison is a mentor extraordinaire! (And hilarious!)

CONGRATULATIONS, Pam W., winner of Allisons’ newest novel, Loving Luther! All Pam did was comment below, and her name was drawn from among the batch of commenters. 

Who Is Allison Pittman?

I’m not one of those people who can make a geographic claim to identity. My childhood and teen years were spent in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, and now I’m in Texas (San Antonio). So, while I have really strong opinions about what makes a good enchilada, I don’t see a singular influence on who I am today. (Click to Tweet!)

The constants in my life have been: Family and Faith. Really, my past is super boring—which is a blessing, I suppose, right? I have parents who continue to love each other to an embarrassing degree; I was a solid B student because I never wanted to work hard enough for A’s.

God knows I have absolutely no spunk whatsoever, no drive or persistence or tolerance for suffering, so He’s kept me at a good walking pace in the middle of a wide road. That doesn’t mean everything’s been perfect! I’ve experienced the loss of my beloved older brother, and I’ve seen my share of disappointment, but the sad points in life have made me so appreciative of every ordinary day. (Click to Tweet!) 

Allison’s Beginning as a Writer

My first novel was Ten Thousand Charms with Multnomah about ten years ago. I love that book—meaning I love it enough to wish I could go back and tweak it. I was at the Glorieta Christian Writers Conference and had an appointment with the editor Rod Morris. He looked at my pages and declared my craft REALLY needed work, but that my characters were intriguing. I took a year away from writing and just studied everything I could find. Two years later, I saw him again at the same conference, and (long story short), he contracted the Crossroads of Grace series.

Allison Pittman’s Debut Experience

received the acceptance email and experienced an adrenaline rush like I’d never known before. Like, a visceral feeling. And then I cried uncontrollably for days. (literally, days) I don’t think I let myself really know how badly I wanted this.

Like I mentioned before, I’m not a driven, persistent person. It took me years to finish that first novel, and it wasn’t quite finished when Multnomah requested the full manuscript. I think I wanted to just brush it off and walk away if nobody wanted my story. It’s easier to handle disappointment if you never quite acknowledge desire. 

God has been so incredibly faithful, in that first contract and beyond. I’ve been steadily contracted since that first book, sometimes even with projects where I was approached by an editor with a story idea for me to write. God has led me in (and out) of teaching jobs so that I can continue to write. (Click to Tweet!) 

Allison’s Journey

I’ve been blessed with editors who have allowed me to write about my idiosyncratic passions. Historic baseball? OK! Three books there, including the Carol winner Stealing Home. (My mother’s favorite, by the way.) Flappers? Done!

When Tyndale approached me about possibly writing about the early Mormon church, they had no idea I grew up in Utah and my husband is an excommunicated Mormon.

So, yeah, I’ve been all over the place with my stories. Some authors can stay with Westerns, or—I don’t know—Oregon or something. I find stories everywhere. Rather, stories find me. 

What’s Up With Allison Now?

My new release Loving Luther takes me way out of my comfort zone—16th Century Germany, the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora.

This is another one of those stories brought to me by someone else…in this case, my agent, Bill Jensen. But I fell in love with both the story and the challenge. And, I really think readers will, too. It is such a different book for me, and I feel like I had to keep it a secret for so long! I actually finished the manuscript nearly 2 years ago, but we wanted to hold off and publish it to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. (Click to Tweet!) 

Now…here she is!

This is my first novel set outside of my usual Americana comfort zone, and I’m really hoping readers will follow me. Katharina’s story is still universally relevant—it’s very much a love story.

What’s Up Next?

My next historical takes us to the French Revolution by way of a Charles Dickens minor character. Y’all just put that on the back burner for a while. There might be a surprise in-between! 

Where to Find Allison Pittman

Readers can find me on facebook on my Allison Pittman Author Page, and at my website where I am an infrequent blogger. (seriously, infrequent) For fun, too, find me on Twitter and Instagram.

In the month leading up to the release of Loving Luther, I’ve been posting a daily pic of my Playmobil Little Luther figure, taking him everywhere with me.

Allison’s Give-Away Offer

I will absolutely do a give-away of Loving Luther, as well as a Little Luther Playmobil figure! Here’s a pic of my Little Luther with tacos. Combining my two very favorite things.

Books by Allison Pittman

Ten Thousand Charms

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak Through the Wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Endless Sight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stealing Home (Carol Award Winner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridegrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Time & Eternity

 

 

 

 

Forsaking All Others

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Song

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All for a Sister

 

 

 

 

 

On Shifting Sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Offering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving Luther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh my, Lord, how gracious You are! You walked with Allison when she was a girl, a teen, a young adult, and as a mother of three boys—twins + one. You’ve given her the desire of her heart—a successful writing career—all the while wrapping her and her family in the fleece of Your grace. You’ve blessed Allison for her faithfulness.
Bless every word Allison writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Allison Pittman

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I signed up! Thanks!

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining in, Paula!

       
       
  2. Pam W.

    For Time and Eternity was the first book I read by Allison Pittman, and one of my favorite books of all time. Excited to hear of her new release!

     
     
    1. I’m with you, Pam! One of my “Allison” favorites of all time. Thanks for stopping by and joining in. You’re entered!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Those books…they were life changing for me to write. Exhausting! But–I still get more reader feed back from them, even five years later, than anything else I’ve written. They have such an impact!

       
       
  3. I love reading Allison’s books. She has written so many stories and I’ve read them all. Looking forward to reading this one.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Cathey! Great to have you in our circle. I’m like you. I’ve read and loved all of Allison’s books. She’s just plain gifted.

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Thanks, Cathey! I love the idea of “Allison’s books…”
      Such a joy to have returning readers 🙂

       
       
  4. Hello, Allison! Nice to meet you. Linda, thank you so much for introducing me to another author. Allison will be a new addition to my TBR pile.

     
     
    1. Great to have you join our circle, Gail!

       
       
  5. Carol Moncado

    Hi Allison! I would love to read this!!!! I think I’ve read a couple but it’s been a while! Love your story of persistence!

     
     
    1. Hi, Carol. Welcome to our chat circle. Thank you for stopping by and adding to the conversation. You’re entered in the drawing!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      Hey Carol! And I love (and secretly envy) your word counts! If I get 1,500 in a day I consider it a huge victory! 2K nearly kills me…

       
       
  6. Trixi

    I’ve not read anything by Allison. I really enjoyed the interview and seeing all her other books. I’ll have to see if I can borrow them from my library 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway chance Linda! Cute taco picture 🙂

     
     
    1. Hi, Trixi. Oh, you must read Allison. She’s truly gifted. I think Loving Luther is her best yet (and that’s saying a lot!). You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      For me, it’s just as exciting to see my books in a library as it is to see them in a bookstore. I am a huge library patron. The only downside is that I’m a super-slow reader, and my library fines bring shame to my husband who had a perfect record for turning books in on time before he married me! 🙂

       
       
  7. Allison is one of the best storytellers! A fantastic teacher and friend.

     
     
    1. Hi, Valerie. You and I both know what a fantastic teacher and friend Allison is–on top of being a gifted writer, too!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      awww…thanks, Valerie! You’re pretty amazing, too!

       
       
  8. Evangeline

    I enjoyed your interview with Allison and love her books. I would be delighted to win one of them. Thanks for the chance to do so. 😊

     
     
    1. Hi, Evangeline! Good to see you here in our circle. You’re entered! 🙂

       
       
  9. Paula

    I’m a Lutheran and I already asked Allison where she got the idea for the novel. I hope you had an enjoyable time researching this book. So glad it could coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the interview! I have enjoyed other books by Allison, too. Blessings.

     
     
    1. So glad you stopped by, Paula. The release of Loving Luther coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was no accident 🙂 What a fabulous plan! Please come back. Sign up with my newsletter and blog, and you’ll know the latest on other fantastic authors!

       
       
    2. Allison Pittman

      I was really blessed to be introduced to this story. It was a fascinating journey to research.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Lucy Thompson!

Lucy Thompson, author
Lucy Thompson

This week we’re traveling “down under” to Australia to visit with historical romance author Lucy Thompson. What a treat’s in store for you!

Lucy is offering a give-away, so be sure to read to the bottom to learn what it is.

Congratulations to Penny Richards, winner of her choice of one of Lucy’s novels, Cowboy’s Dare or Mail Order Surprise! All Penny did was comment, and her name was drawn. 

Growing Up, Lucy Thompson Style

I grew up in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia on 160 acres of rainforest, hills, and rain. (Click to Tweet!) Lots of rain. Thirteen feet per year to be exact.Lucy Thompson, author

Part of why I love historical romance is that I’m familiar with a pioneer lifestyle. We had no electricity (apart from the generator at night), cooked on a woodstove, and raised our own animals for food.

I didn’t make the wisest of choices through my teen years and ended up in an unhealthy relationship. By age twenty-four I was a single mum of 4 children aged between 6 months and 6 years. I’d just started down a windy track to learning about self-worth, God’s extravagant love, and who I was as a person.

Lucy Thompson, the Author

At age twenty-six, I decided one day after church that I was going to write a book. (As you do. Lol) All I knew about the story was that a young mail order bride was getting off a train. Didn’t know her name. Or where she was. Or that she was about to meet a handsome cowboy who may or may not be a cattle rustler. That he had three siblings (that he didn’t tell her about) and a house in a mess.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Writing the book was half the effort. How was I to put it in the hands of readers? After all, I’m an Australian. A very small fish in our Aussie Christian book market. The American book pond, ah, market with its much bigger fish is harder again to break into.

Growing as an Author

So I joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I joined their critique group and met my wonderful crit partners there. Entered contests. Finalled in some. Flew to America for the 2012 ACFW conference and met my (now) agent, Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary. He pitched my book to all the bigger publishers and all came back with a no, no, no. Sigh.

Then, after a break from writing in which we moved across country, I remarried, had a baby, baked lots of cookies, etc. My agent suggested we pitch my story to Forget Me Not Romances. He introduced me to Cynthia Hickey, who runs FMNR and she loved my books. ☺ Yay!!

Lucy’s Debut Experience

Lucy Thompson, authorWhen Mail Order Surprise released on Amazon there was an excited buzz amongst my friends on Facebook and on the internet. I found it quite amusing as I sat cross-legged in my pj’s on the sofa posting away on Facebook that more people had seen my FB author post and were interacting with me than the entire population of my small country town.

But God is like that. He likes to bless us. (Click to Tweet!) And bless he did. Reviews. Comments. Shares. Memes! A reader even made a meme with a quote from my book. *sniffles* My heart overflowed with gratitude for his goodness.


Inspiration, Lucy Thompson Style

The song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman has been a huge encouragement to me over the years. 

I will bless His name when I’m found in the desert place. When I walk through the wilderness, I will bless His name. When the sun’s shining down on me. When the world’s all as it should be, my heart will choose to say “Lord, blessed be your name.”

May I suggest you try the same? God has everything under control and he’s much bigger than our circumstances or what we give him credit for.

A Give-Away Offer

Lucy Thompson, authorI love readers. ☺ And books. ☺ To prove it, I’m giving away an ebook copy of either Mail Order Surprise or A Cowboy’s Dare to one special commentator. (Actually, you’re all special. But I can only afford to give one book away. Children have to eat after all. Ha!)

God bless.

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Readers, you can find Lucy on Facebook!

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Lord, blessed be Your Name, indeed! How delightful to learn about your daughter Lucy Thompson, whom You’ve called to write for You. As Lucy blesses Your Name, she blesses us, and we pray You’ll bless each word Lucy writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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28 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

  1. I love Lucy’s story, but then, I’ve known for a long while what kind of woman she is from her Facebook posts. I’m not sure how we became FB friends, but I cherish that friendship. Definitely will be getting the book and sharing this interview.

     
     
    1. So wonderful to scoot over to make room for you in our chat circle, Penny. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both. God bless you.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you for your kind words, Penny. I appreciate your friendship and am blessed because of it. 🙂 God bless!

       
       
  2. Bonnie Mae Evans

    Lucy, The way you give God the glory and praise for turning your
    life around is so encouraging. It is good to be reminded that nothing is too hard for God. Yes, blessed be His name! Blessings to you as well!

     
     
    1. Our circle is growing! So good to see you in it, Bonnie. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day Bonnie!
      Yes, to God be the glory. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    What a wonderful interview. The book sounds really good.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for joining our circle. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Try out the first chapter on Amazon. 😉 In the meantime, all the best with your entry. 🙂 God bless.

       
       
  4. Nice to see a fellow Aussie writer here. Loved Lucy’s honesty and matter of fact way of writing.
    Goodonya Lucy!

     
     
    1. How wonderful to see another Aussie in our chat circle, Susan. I agree that Lucy’s transparency is refreshing. I knew readers would love her. Please join our chats with other writers too.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      No worries, Susan! 🙂 Great to have you here.

       
       
  5. I love reasing about new authors and their books thank you for sharing

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining our circle of reader friends, Brenda. One of my favorite things is meeting these authors on this blog. Please come again!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Happy to share. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  6. Marilyn R

    It’s always nice to meet a new author here on Linda’s blog. Lucy, your books sounds like delightful read. Thank you for the giveaway. A reader will be blessed.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. So good to see you in our circle again. God be with you!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day! Lovely to see another smiling face here. All the best with the giveaway. 🙂

       
       
  7. Evangeline

    What a delightful new author. It was great to begin to get acquainted. I would love to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings on you as you continue to write.

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      You currently have a 1 in 3 chance of winning. 😉 Thanks for popping in.

       
       
    2. Hi, Evangeline. So good to see you here in our circle. It’s amazing, isn’t it, that we’re getting to know another author from “down under”? I love getting to know all these authors.

       
       
    3. Great to see you here, Evangeline. You’ve encouraged me and Lucy both.

       
       
  8. Love to hear how God’s changed your life and blessed you, Lucy! Keep writing!

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you, Clarice. 🙂

       
       
    2. Lucy inspires me, Clarice!

       
       
  9. How wonderful to learn about you, Lucy! 🙂 Thank you for being here and sharing your writing journey.

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      Hi Melissa!
      What a pleasure to be here. 🙂

       
       
    2. Isn’t Lucy a love, Melissa? Thanks so much for joining the conversation.

       
       

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