*COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $25 BARNES AND NOBLE GIFT CARD*
I am very excited my debut book, Random Acts, was released on April 24th. It has been a whirlwind of promotional blogs and checking my Amazon rank. However, I am constantly reminding myself the only way to build a successful writing career is to write the next book. And the one after that.
Speaking of which, I have another romantic suspense, Too Close to Home, due out August 7, 2012. In this one, I draw on my former career as a manufacturing engineering—exciting, right? Well, that’s what makes my next story a little different. Several years ago when I was working on the plant floor near a process with a big tank full of chemicals, a worker approached me. In a rather ominous tone he said, “You know, a guy drowned in that. Some say it was payback for a drug deal gone bad.” He was probably pulling the leg of a newbie, woman engineer, but his words stuck with me. So, when I started writing romantic suspense, it was inevitable I would one day have a scene where a worker drowns in the chromate bath. From that simple conversation, the idea for Too Close to Home was born.
Whether you’re a writer or not, have you ever heard a snippet of conversation or read an article in the newspaper that got you thinking “What if?” That’s how all my stories are born.
Growing up, Alison Stone never imagined becoming a writer. She enjoyed math and science and ultimately earned a degree in engineering. Go Yellow Jackets!
After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children’s books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children’s book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications.
Finally, Alison got up the nerve to try her hand at full-length fiction. After completing a handful of manuscripts, she sold her first book to Samhain Publishing in 2011, followed a few weeks later by a second sale.
Now, Alison has the best of both worlds. From her home office in Western New York, she writes fast-paced romantic suspense while her four children are in school. It never fails to amaze her how soon the afternoon bus arrives.
Alison will be awarding autographed bookmarks at every stop, as well as a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. She will also give away a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to host with the most comments.