Author Interview – Allison Pearl

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Sprinkled with Sabotage
(Love and Danger in St. Claire #3)
By Allison Pearl
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 164 Pages
October 27, 2020 by Anaiah Press

Lizzy Bennet loves life as a lawyer in the city. And not just because of the miles it puts between her and her ex. However, when she’s attacked on the street just hours after learning her identity was stolen, she tries to call home for help and ends up with the last person she expects: the very same high school boyfriend who broke her heart. He says he’s there to help, but she’s not so sure, and now, all the endless questions and regrets are clouding her judgment and preventing her from seeing the dangerous saboteur closing in.

Small-town auto mechanic, Koby Knightly, is looking forward to seeing a car show in the city. But when an unexpected call from his old girlfriend disconnects suddenly, he rushes to her aid. Throwing his plans out the window, Koby makes it his mission to protect her and discover the identity of the person trying to frame her. Will he also be able to figure out what went wrong between them back in high school or will a killer get to her first?

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About the Author

Allison Pearl is a small-town girl who’s lived just about everywhere. She loves books, tea, chocolate, and watching old movies with her husband, black lab, and orange tabby. To keep in touch and get updates on new releases follow her Facebook page ‘Books by Pearl’ at or follow her on Twitter at @AllisonPearl5 and Instagram at @allisonnicolepearl.

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An Interview with Allison

When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

At first, I thought I wanted to be an actor. I was a child movie snob who loved the characters and adventures of film. Whatever magic was happening on the screen in front of me was something I wanted to create. I wanted to play every hero and villain. To walk out every storyline to its finish. But when I got old enough to realize that Luke Skywalker was in a desert on planet earth rather than a galaxy far way, I knew I didn’t want to be a part of the story. I wanted to be the author of it.

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?

I’m a part-timer at my church in Akron, OH. I serve in an administrative role which is extremely rewarding. It’s been a privilege to work alongside authentic pastors and staff. They’re not perfect, they’re people, living life side by side with all the pain, joy, and obstacles that come with it.

What is your favorite genre to read? What about that genre draws you?\

I hate to be ‘this person’ but I don’t think I have a favorite genre. My shelves are filled with anything and everything. If it’s good, I like it. And if it’s not to my taste, I at least learned something new from it. The closest I can come to an answer is to say that I like books that surprise me. Maybe it will be a thriller. Or maybe science fiction or an epic historical romance. I’ve read stories where I could see the building up to a particular end, but the way the author got to it was so spectacular or honest that–Who cares if I saw it coming? The skill surprised me or even the vulnerability. A good book is a good book is a good book.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving memoy?

I started taking part in my husband’s family’s Thanksgivings as a teenager and all of those shared meals at the farm have combined to become my favorites. My mother-in-law is one of 11 children and my father-in-law is one of six. And that means people start walking in the back door first thing in the morning and the steady stream of happy faces lasts well into the evening. Everyone comes with food and then leaves with food too, since Daniel’s mom won’t let you go home without a stash of leftovers. It’s country. It’s loving. It’s home.

What a fun memory. Thanks for sharing it.

As a former K-12 school librarian I have to ask – what is your favorite children’s book?

If I’m going really old-school, I would have to say Jan Brett’s The Mitten. Those illustrations were amazing. I don’t remember if I even knew how to read when it was first introduced to me, but I didn’t have to read. At least not the words. The detail in the pictures was so great that I knew exactly what was going on and I recall being so worried that the poor mitten was going to burst.

That’s the sign of a good picture book in my mind – that kiddos can “read” the book without knowing how to read.

What advice would you give to a child or teen who wants to be a writer?

Don’t wait and don’t hide. When practiced, writing can only improve. Don’t wait to be old enough or smart enough or good enough. The story you are now capable of is the one you should tell. And don’t put your pages in a drawer, file, or leave them in your brain. I spent too many years being embarrassed about being a writer. I was consumed by the fear I wasn’t good enough. And you know what, maybe at first, I wasn’t. But who is? Letting others into your secret will bring feedback that will hone your skill. Is it easy? No. Everyone—including me—wants the first draft to be the best draft, but that would be too easy. You didn’t sign up for easy. You signed up to be a writer.

Good advice. Thanks for sharing with my readers today. It is always fun to get to know new authors better. 

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Disclaimer – I have not read this book so I cannot speak to its appropriateness for a K-12 Christian School library. I encourage librarians to read the book before making a purchasing decision.

I choose to share it because it does sound interesting. If you read it, let me know what you think.

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