Saturday, October 26, 2013

Author Interview - Allison Bassen

As part of the Virtue Blog Tour, I'm very pleased to have Author Allison Bassen here at Pinky's Favorite Reads.
Welcome Allison

What inspired you to write your first book?
I always wanted to write, but I needed the plot. The former governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, and his scandal with escorts made me question why a man would risk his career, reputation, and his family all for sex.  Then I thought…what makes a nice girl from a middle-class family sell her body?  Intrigue led to research and a story was born.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Virtue was ripped from the headlines.The book I am editing right now, My Father’s Affair, evolved from a story my mom told me about a relative of hers that cheated on her husband.
Is there a message in your novel/novels that you want readers to grasp?
One of my reviewers said it best.  There’s no such thing as a perfect white-picketed fence. That’s when you discover someone’s true character. How do they fix the fence?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I had an English professor in college who told me, “I actually look forward to reading your stories.”  Thing is, I always enjoyed writing, but she made me realize I had talent.  One day she told me, “Allison, I bet you could write a story about a toothbrush and make it interesting.”   I wish I had saved that assignment.  The toothbrush, Reddie, came to life, fuelled by jealousy that the “other” toothbrush got used everyday while Reddie just sat there unused and ignored.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your characters to life?
Making sure each character has a different “voice. The reader has to love your protagonist and according to the reviews, people pulled out the pom-poms for a prostitute. That’s not easy. They understood she wasn’t proud of what she did, however she did take great pride in her work. The other challenging part was explaining the psychology of why men sought out a prostitute without coming across as clinical.

If you could take one of your book boyfriends out on a date in the real world, who would it be & where would you go?
That’s easy. I would go out with Paul from Virtue,and we would go to Katz’s deli for a hot pastrami, take a walk through Central Park, and then work off lunch.
Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of the following:
  • Angel:  My children when they sleep
  • Romance:  When my husband winks at me
  • Love:  A great meal with someone you want to hold hands with while you sip a good cabernet.
  • Vampire:  Garlic
  • Swoon:  Silent movies and fainting sofas (no, I’m not that old, but you did ask first thing that came to mind.)
  • Reading:  Pleasure
  • Chocolate:  A little ice cream shop in Paris by Notre Dame
  • Coffee:  Must use half-and-half
  • Dress:  Less is more

Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed

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