Allison Pittman. Let’s Chat! Featured Favorite

Welcome, everyone!

Oh my. Here’s another Featured Favorite author you’ll absolutely fall in love with. Allison Pittman and I have shared several levels of relationship for a decade or so now. Mentor/mentee. Friend/friend. Accomplished author/beginning author, Comedienne/adoring fan. And even sharers of the same table at book signing events. 

No matter the venue or prop, one thing remains true: I adore this uniquely talented, unabashedly outspoken, unselfishly available author/editor/teacher/mentor. She’s my “person” in the writing world. And the one I continually return to for what she does best–evaluate my creations with just the right amount of tough-love encouragement.

Visit with Allison below, and you’re entered in the drawing for one of her books.

Allison Pittman: in Her Words

Once, years ago, I went out to lunch at Cracker Barrel with a dear friend. When I paid my bill, the cashier looked at the name on my credit card. “Allison Pittman? That’s the name of one of my favorite authors!”

I about collapsed into the Raggedy Ann display. With three books published at the time, and in a moment of which I am not proud, I asked her to name one of my books just to be sure she was talking about me. I told my friend, Jennifer C–, that she’d have to stay my friend forever if only to verify this moment.

Allison and Charlie

Last week, my husband and youngest son and I went to that same Cracker Barrel for breakfast. It was my first time in that restaurant since that miraculous moment (the actual restaurant is two towns over, but I had a gift card…), and I told the story to my son as we meandered through the gift shop on the way to our table.

“Does she still work here?” my son, Charlie, asked.

“I don’t know.” I craned my neck, looking around, as if I’d remember. “It was a long time ago. She’s probably moved on to another job.”

“Yeah,” Charlie said. “Probably moved on to another favorite author, too.”

My, don’t our children have a way of keeping us humble?

By-Gone Days

can’t imagine what it must have been like being a writer in the days before social media. How in the world did they know if they were successful or not? I’m trying to imagine Harper Lee checking her Amazon ranking, or Danielle Steel hosting a Facebook live chat with a give-away of Fine Things(Although that would be fabulous.)

Think of what witty tweets we’d get from Erma Bombeck, the great memes from Mark Twain, the Pinterest board of Julia Child. How many Goodreads reviews would be two-star because The Thornbirds was too long?

How in the world did any author, ever, summon the courage to roll another piece of paper into the typewriter and start another novel without the confidence of knowing they’d reached the friend limit on their personal facebook?

nder what power could they tie up that bundle of pages with twine and mail it off in a manuscript box without posting it on Instagram? #amwriting #THEEND #400pages #blessed.

Try to picture Emily Bronte, hacking into a handkerchief, her ink-stained fingers penning her Tuesday morning blog.

I think we writers lose something by the sheer awareness of our place in the lives of readers. Don’t get me wrong—I love my readers! I love the messages and the emails and the tweets and the #bookstagram posts and the Goodreads reviews and the Amazon stars—all of it. But for every five-star, there’s a one-star, and I can quote lines from both camps. A brand-new author can send her very first manuscript to a publisher only to be met with questions about her social media presence. How many followers? How many subscribers?

My first novel

en Thousand Charms
(Multnomah) came out in 2006, in the early stages of this social media phenomenon. I had a My Space page. It was terrible. It sold the way all first novels sold: word of mouth and placement in bookstores. 

My latest novel

he Seamstress
(Tyndale) had a massive blog tour and social media blitz that resulted in a number of tweets and retweets numbering in the tens of thousands. As much as I love that little ten-thousand circle, I still know this: Ten Thousand Charms remains one of my most successful books. And The Seamstress will only find the same success through the same channels. Bookstores are almost gone, but books will always depend on one reader saying to another, “You have to read this …”

The Seamstress is my fourteenth novel, and yet I see over and over in social media that it is the “first” for many readers. I get just as excited seeing the phrase “This is my first Allison Pittman book” as I did when I got notes and post cards from people who loved the first Allison Pittman book. That’s the kind of encouragement that makes me brave enough to face a blank computer screen and start the next work.

ne of the most rewarding aspects of being an author is that you are constantly given the opportunity to be something new. So, with every novel, I feel this huge responsibility: to be as good as the last one, and to be an impacting first one. I’m so glad I have a Savior whose mercies are new every morning. Every day. Every midnight-to-2:00 am creative burst.

In my next releases . . .

Even greater opportunites to be “new” again are waiting around the corner.

Thanksgiving 2019

’ll have a novella in a collection with a bunch of fabulous authors—my first time to be in a novella collection, and a chance to meet a whole new audience.

Summer 2020

I’ll be releasing my first YA novelPudge and Prejudice which takes the iconic Jane Austen story and sets it in a small town Texas high school . . . in 1984.

Christmas 2020

y first devotional book—Keeping Christmas, will take readers through the reclamation of Ebenezer Scrooge throughout the season of Advent.

My first collection, my first YA, my first devotional . . .

Closing Thoughts

I honestly hope I never become so much of a favorite that I don’t cherish the opportunities to be new. Still, when I am an old, old woman, I’ll be sitting in a rocking chair in a porch somewhere. Meanwhile, the poor old person rocking next to me will have to hear one more time about the lunch I had in Cracker Barrel when the cashier knew my name.

In the meantime…come find me!

Facebook: Allison Pittman Author Page

Twitter: @allisonkpittman

Instagram @allisonkpittman

My website (where I blog super infrequently):

A video by Allison about The Seamstress: 

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Lord, we readers thank You for the joy words bring us. Above all, Your Word. We thank You for calling Your writers to create worlds on paper in which You are magnified. And I thank You for the beauty of the ideas and words you give Allison and also for her friendship. Please bless each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

20 thoughts on “Allison Pittman. Let’s Chat! Featured Favorite

  1. Alison Boss

    I enjoyed reading about Allison Pittman’s writing journey. The Cracker Barrel story made me chuckle 🙂 What a great memory! I am excited to hear about her newest book, The Seamstress, and look forward to reading it.

    1. Welcome, Alison! I hope you get to read Allison. She’s awesome.

  2. Elizabeth Lamb

    Great piece. As a friend of Allison’s before she became a world famous author, I am thrilled to watch each time she launches one of her books. I know each one has a piece of her heart, which is a tremendous heart indeed. ♥️

    1. Wow. How moving. Thank you, Elizabeth Lamb.

  3. Judi Marshall

    I loved reading about you, in everything you spoke about I can visualize in my brain. Now whenever I go to a Crackle Barrel I will think about you and the waitress.

    1. Allison is full of funny stories and witty comments. She’s s gifted author too. I hope you can read her books. Thanks for stopping by, Judi. God bless.

    2. Yay! And have a biscuit (or two…) for me!

  4. Chloe Flanagan

    What a great post! I’ll probably be thinking about what all
    my favorite classic authors would say on social media for the rest of the day now. (Specifically, I’m thinking of how cool Agatha Christie’s Twitter feed would be.)
    Sadly, I haven’t read any of Allison’s books yet, but I definitely want to check them out now.

    1. Yes, Chloe! Check out Allison’s books. Her sister-wives series were Christy nominees, and Stealing Home won the Carol. I think she received ACFW’s mentoring award once upon a time too, but I may be wrong. If she didn’t, she deserves it.

      1. I did win a mentoring award. But working with writers is my favorite thing to do. I love playing with potential!!

  5. Alicia Haney

    What a nice interview, I learned a lot about you and what an Awesome person you are, your books sound really good, I have never read any of your books, but they sound like good reads. God Bless you. I’m hoping to read some of your books soon.

    1. Hi, Alicia. So good to have you in our circle. I’d advise you to start with Allison’s books at the beginning—Ten Thousand Charms and read all three. Then the two Sister-Wives which were runner ups for Christie’s. And then Stealing Home which won the Carol Award. Loving Luther is incredible. The Seamstress is next for me. Allison is a super fun person to know too.

      1. Alicia Haney

        Thank you, I will. 🙂

  6. Perrianne Askew

    I don’t think I’ve read an Allison Pittman book yet, but eventually that will change. I love her humility and the fun post about being famous in the Cracker Barrel.

    1. Besides being a gifted author, she’s a wonderful mentor and super fun to know. Thanks for stopping by, Perrianne!

  7. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Hi, Allison. You are a new author to me, but I started following on Goodreads and Facebook. I added your books to my want to read list on Goodreads. Thank you for sharing.

    1. You won’t regret a single minute you spend reading Allison Pittman, Lucy. She’s truly gifted. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. This was fun to read. I absolutely loved The Seamstress (and reviewed it). Dickens would be proud. I also really liked your novel All For a Song. We are sharing a same “first”, btw. I’m also in a novella collection coming out in November: “The Highlanders”. At least I think that’s what it’s called. Ha! My story, A Tender Siege, is set during Pontiac’s War. But anyway, I look forward to reading and recommending more of your books!

    1. Hi, Naomi. Allison is truly gifted. So glad you stopped by. Bless you.

    2. Congratulations, Naomi! Welcome to the family!!


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Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Manders

Welcome, Everyone!

Elaine Manders delights readers with her historical romances. This week Elaine tells us about her latest release, Revealed, Book 3 in her Intrigue Under Western Skies series. Be sure to check out her giveaway offer below

**Congratulations to Cheryl Baranski, winner of Elaine’s giveaway this past week—a $10 Amazon gift card!** 

Revealed by Author Elaine Manders

Elaine MandersI wrote Revealed to answer an unresolved mystery from Books 1 and 2. What happened to Rhyan Cason’s mother? And to give Colt Holliman (Rhyan’s friend) a love interest. The spiritual themes are judgment and forgiveness.

As with most of my stories, unseen enemies, physical and spiritual, hound the protagonists, but they aren’t revealed until the end.

The Story Begins

Elaine MandersThe story opens in Charleston, South Carolina, where Katherine Levinson has led the idealistic life of a post-civil war Southern belle until her father dies unexpectedly.

Katherine and her gravely ill mother lose their home, and, behind her mother’s back, she contacts the brother she’s never met, Rhyan Cason, the famous cattle baron.

The Story Unfolds

Elaine MandersWhen they move to Nebraska and Rhyan’s sprawling ranch, Sollano, questions arise over Katherine’s legal status as an heiress to the Cason estate. Old sins are uncovered, turning the townfolk against Katherine and her mother.

Elaine MandersNo one understands Katherine’s resentment and confusion except Colt. His modest horse ranch, the Double Bar H, appeals to her more than Sollano’s opulence.

Love and Faith Bloom

Elaine MandersTheir attraction grows, and Colt finds himself spiritually conflicted. He has promised to wait for another woman to finish her contract with the Wild West Show to announce their engagement. Following his heart would require him to break that commitment, but a sense of honor holds him back. In time, he realizes withholding his true feelings is a form of dishonesty that leads to dire consequences.

I can’t go any further into Revealed or I might give the plot away. I will say, Colt and Katherine are drawn together and face an unexpected danger that tests their love and their faith in God, and a prairie fire is a part of that danger.

Insights From Elaine Manders

One of the greatest joys of writing a new book is discovering a new spiritual truth—something that jumps out at me unexpectedly. This is the lesson I found in Revealed. Katherine is explaining to her friend, Maggie, why she won’t judge others, even those misjudging her. “We don’t have the ability to judge others, Maggie. When we do, we’re playing God, and that’s a dangerous thing to do.”

Elaine MandersThat was a real eye-opener for me. Yes, I’d always known it was wrong to judge others, even though we have to consider their fruit, but I never asked, “why?” It’s obvious, isn’t it? We can’t see into a person’s heart. We don’t know their background—and more important—we don’t know God’s purpose for them. In other words, we can’t play God. And it is dangerous, because the Bible says we’ll be judged by the same measure we use to judge others.

A Giveaway from Elaine Manders

Join our conversation below, and you’ll be entered in Elaine’s drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. We’re looking forward to your comments!

How to Find Elaine Manders

Twitter  @ehmanders

Elaine Manders
Book 1: Intrigue Under Western Skies series by Elaine Manders
Book 2: Intrigue Under Western Skies series by Elaine Manders









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Father God, You are the Creator, the Sustainer, and the only wise Judge. We confess we often attempt to act as judge in Your place. For this we ask Your forgiveness. We’re thankful for Elaine’s novel, Revealed, which entertains, enlightens, and convicts. Please bless every single word she writes for You. 
~ For Jesus’ sake

15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Elaine Manders

  1. Elaine Manders

    Thanks everyone for your comments. And thank you, Linda for sharing my thoughts and book. I really enjoyed it.

  2. Cheryl Baranski

    This is something that I need reminding of from time to time.

    1. So true for all of us, Cheryl. Thanks for joining our gathering. Please come back.

  3. Perrianne Askew

    It’s a good reminder to ourselves about judgement. It’s best that we not judge his creation…no matter where they stand and whatever their circumstances. If we thought about it that way maybe we would be more careful about judging….especially since we’re not mind readers either.

    1. Ditto, Perianne. Thanks so much for visiting with us.

  4. Lucy Reynolds

    I always say walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you judge them as we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors.

    1. Amen, Lucy. (Walk a mile in their house slippers 🙂

  5. Love this quote. “One of the greatest joys of writing a new book is discovering a new spiritual truth—something that jumps out at me unexpectedly.”
    It’s an amazing moment!
    Great interview, ladies!

    1. Amen, Gail.

  6. Marilyn R

    Hello Linda and Elaine, I have read Elaine’s books and look forward to reading Revealed. Readers will enjoy the research she does prior to writing and the spiritual lessons that can be obtained. Blessings to you both for an amazing week. God bless.

    1. Thank you, Marilyn.

  7. Elaine Manders

    Thanks for hosting me, Linda. I love your blog posts.

    1. It’s my honor and privilege, Elaine.

  8. Faith Creech

    I agree. I always remember the Bible verses in James that tell us not to judge others. That is a hard one for me for I find myself judging others in my heart. I always have to confess that sin!
    Your books look very interesting! Thanks for a chance to win!

    1. Amen, Faith. I do too.


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