The ever popular Allison Winn Scotch — New York Times Bestselling author of Time of My Life and The Department of Lost and Found — is less than two weeks away from the release of her third novel, The One That I Want, available on June 1, 2010.
This highly anticipated book has been described by Allison as a “bookend” to Time of My Life which was based on the premise of “what if” you could go back and change your past. The One That I Want flashes forward with the question:
What if you woke up one day to all your dreams coming true…but those dreams were more like nightmares?
And literary critics are more than impressed, here’s one review:
“An aching, honest look into the death and rebirth of relationships. Scotch answers hard questions about the nature of personal identity and overwhelming loss with a wise, absorbing narrative.” – Publishers Weekly
The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of The One That I Want for Monday, May 31, 2010 yet — for now — let meet this talented, contemporary fiction writer by reading her “official” biography:
Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of Time of My Life and The Department of Lost and Found. Prior to her fiction, she was a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and websites including Cooking Light, Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, and Redbook, and now focuses on celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines. She lives in New York with her family.
And now for much more personal insights as Allison reveals:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Fulfilling. Hectic. Blessed. Hilarious. Exhausting. Content. Striving. Loved.
Q; What is your motto or maxim?
A: If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you, I came to live out loud. – Emile Zola.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Kisses, success, hugs, confidence, joy in my children, nine hours of sleep.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Losing one of my kids or having something harmful come their way.
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Paris. Or Anguilla.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: My 3 year old daughter. Sheer, naked confidence.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: “I’m going to count to three. One…two…”
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Incredible guitar skills.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Raising children who cherish their independence and are bolstered by their self-confidence.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: That I am too independent.
Q: What’s your best quality?
A: My optimism.
Q: What do you regret most?
A: No regrets. Ever.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Myself. Really.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My petiteness: my avatars must add six inches to me online. (I’m short!)
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Annie (Little Orphan) — she’s spunky, entrepreneurial, smart, loyal and stands up for herself.
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Andre Agassi. I had a raging crush on him as a teenager which has evolved into a hearty and well-deserved respect as an adult.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Celebrity interviewer.
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Rock star.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Kindness, intelligence, empathy.
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate. Oh, also, maybe some bread. So chocolate-filled bread?
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
Read My Mind by the Killers, Throwing It All Away by Genesis, The Long Way Round by The Dixie Chicks, Time by Chantel Kreviazuk, Let the River Run by Carly Simon. (But that’s for today. I could go on with this forever.)
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, Good Grief by Lolly Winston, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer, The Stand by Stephen King, The Help by Katherine Stockett
Allison Winn Scotch loves the social media and has proven that the past four years with almost daily posts on her Blog: Ask Allison. Visit her there, follow her on Twitter and friend her on Facebook. Because, since her optimism, humor, and sound advice are contagious, she’s likely to be the one that you want…to get to know even better.
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away one copy of Thaisa Frank’s
Heidegger’s Glasses in a random drawing to anyone who comments only on this specific post, Thaisa Frank and Heidegger’s Glasses. Comments left on other posts during the week are not entered into the contest. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winner to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to possibly claim your book.