Monday, June 18, 2012

2 Q&A with Allison Merritt



1 Please tell me about your novel.
For years, Romy Farrington traveled at her world-famous archeologist father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society.

Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap.

In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.

2.What made you want to write about archaeology?
To be flat out honest, I don't know diddly about archaeology. I did used to want to be a paleontologist when I was a kid, even before Jurassic Park was popular. But the more I go and learn about ancient civilizations, the more I want to learn about myths and what people believed. It seemed like an excellent fit for Romy and her father and gave me a way to bring myth into the story.

3. Which character was more fun to write, Romy or Abel? Why?
Abel tended to be a very easy-going character. Despite all the trouble he faces in the book, he still maintained his sense of humor. It was easy for him to irritate Romy. Romy, on the other hand, was more fun to write because she had such an attitude and an adventurous side. Before she found out that Abel wasn't her enemy, she used the thing he was most afraid of to irritate him—his fear of heights in one of my favorite scenes in the book.

4. Who would you want to play Romy or Abel in a movie?
I love the idea of Rachael McAdams as Romy. She's pretty spunky in most of her roles. Cam Gigandet captured my heart in his role as a lawman in Priest. Those two would be perfect.

5. What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?
The simple answer is, I got the idea from being a copycat. My best friend in sixth grade said she was going to be a writer like James Herriot. I couldn't (and still can't) get through a Herriot book, but the idea stuck with me.

6. What projects do you have planned for the future?
I'm working on editing the second book in the series called The Sky Pirate's Wife. It features one of the secondary characters, Captain Alwin van Buren as the hero. He's plagued by a flock of giant mythical eagles that keep terrorizing his airships. After a wreck, he feels that he needs to find an heiress in order to save his company and seduces a young woman into marrying him. I'm releasing it on July 16th, 2012. I've got a decent start on the third book in the series as well, The Turncoat's Temptress, but I'm still a little spotty on exactly what kind of magical creatures I'm going to put into it.

7. Where is your favorite place to read?
In the spring my favorite spot is a camp chair out on our deck. Minus the bugs. But I can be found a lot of places, including the passenger seat in the bookmobile of the library I work for (I'm a catalog technician) and my broken-down armchair in my house.

8. What do you dislike most about the publishing industry?
Ending up in a slush pile. Agents and editors are extremely picky and they say over and over that this book or that book won't appease the public. It's just not true. No one really knows what's going to appeal to anyone unless they try it out. How can they flat out say it isn't going to work if they won't try?

9. What is the most inspiring quote you've ever heard?
“Doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” - Shakespeare

10. Who is your favorite author and why?
This changes frequently because I'm always so amazed by the depth of new talent and the lengths old favorites will go to to keep readers. I'm going to go with Dean Koontz because if there's one character I believe is a true hero, it's Odd Thomas. I love that guy.




For years, Romy Farrington traveled at her world-famous archeologist father's side, exploring new lands and uncovering ancient secrets. It was everything she ever wanted, until a near-fatal encounter with hostile natives forced her and her father into a life of retirement in Boston and an undesired advance into proper society. Everything changes again when she's saved from an accident by a brash Texan in a back alley. Abel Courte may act like a care-free cowboy, but he's harboring a secret—he's searching for the Diamond of Uktena, a legendary jewel that can cure any disease known to man. He needs information Romy's father has in order to get to the jewel. When he traces the origin of the Diamond to Dakota Territory, he sets off to claim the treasure, only to find the archeologist's fiery redheaded daughter stuck to him like a bug in sap. In a race against time, Romy and Abel must learn to trust each other as they undertake a cross-country journey that will expose them to lands uncharted by white men, a deadly battle against the fearsome creature in possession of the Diamond and a fight to return to civilization where they might make the greatest discovery of all—love.

Find out more about the author by checking out her website.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome interview.
    I've read and thoroughly enjoyed Treasure Hunter's Lady. And I'm looking forward to reading Sky Pirate's Wife.

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  2. Great interview!! I picked up my copy of this book this past weekend and can't wait to read it. :)

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