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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Forgetting Allyssa by Stephanie Romans Blog Tour, Interview and Giveaway!

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TITLE: Forgetting Allyssa
AUTHOR: Stephanie Romans

Amnesia. What better way to start off the senior year of high school?

When seventeen year old Allyssa Bradshaw wakes up from the nap of a lifetime, things aren’t really adding up. Her face feels like it’s gone through the toaster, and she doesn’t recognize the people standing around her—she doesn’t even recognize herself.

Clearly she’s woken up on the wrong side of the hospital gurney.

As she recovers from an attack she doesn’t want to remember, Allyssa is thrown into what feels like someone else’s life. Despite her lack of memories, she heads off to high school determined to start anew. What Allyssa doesn’t expect is the backlash of a life she can’t remember. The more she learns about Old Allyssa the less she wants to have anything to do with her, making this New Allyssa determined to become someone better.

Forgetting Allyssa is a story of love, loss, and identity—who you were does not mean that’s who you are. 

***Author Interview***

Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing style consists mostly of 75% spitting out every random piece of useless word barf that crosses my mind and 25% sitting in a dark corner regretting it. It's about 40% effective.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
Absolutely. Without a doubt. 100%. Oh... wait, self confidence is in these days? Uh, then nah. It's perfect. Absolutely perfect and I am God. Sacrifice a lamb in my honor oh good citizens. C'mon, I mean... hindsight is 20/20 right?

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I'm never satisfied. One day I'll read over my writing and think, "YEAH. That's splendid. You rock. You're the best. Yahoo!" Then the next day I'll read the same thing and start tying a noose because HOLY CRAP, what WAS that?

Do you see writing as a career? 
Not yet. I'm still pulling my weight in the stimulating life of retail, but fingers crossed I'll continue growing and changing as a writer and maybe ten books later I'll be financially stable enough to spend all day sprawled out on my couch eating pretzels and watching cartoons on Netflix with my laptop opened on a partially written document somewhere in the room. You know, like Stephen King does.

Do you write an outline before every book you write? 
Out...line? Does such a thing exist? I didn't even write an outline in school when it was counted for a grade. My outlining consists of waking up at three in the morning and nodding drowsily to myself, mumbling, "Yeah, put the doily on your head." And then somehow integrating that into the word barf the next time I sit down to write.

Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Besides... everything? The key is hating it less than the thought of it never having been written in the first place.

What is your favorite theme/genre to write about? 
It's funny... considering my favorite genre is all that sci-fi/fantasy/post-apocalyptic mumbo jumbo and the only thing I have published is a cutesy school life love story. Then again, I guess you can say that my all time favorite genre would be romance because while there are times when the romance isn't where the main focus is, it's still there. In the background. Waiting. Watching. Always watching. Because I love love. Who doesn't love love? If you hate love, then you're going to be very unhappy for the rest of your life. And that just sucks for you, man. Share the love. Be the love. Love the love.

What are your expectations for the book?
Considering that I never even expected a book to exist in the first place, my expectations now are pretty open. I guess it'd be nice if a few people read it. Maybe if a few people liked it... yeah that's pretty much it. My mom bought it, so I'm pretty much fulfilled with Allyssa. Thanks for the good times, pal.

How did you come up with the title? 
The main character's name is Allyssa... she forgets a lot of stuff, one thing being herself... It wasn't brain surgery, let me tell ya. It was either between 'Forgetting Allyssa' or 'Remembering Allyssa' and I just felt like 'forgetting' was way cooler.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 
Libba Bray. That woman is a God. Although she hath forsaken me a few times in the past, she's exquisite and hilarious and I can only dream of becoming one eighteenth the writer she is. Not to mention sometimes I say things and then see her say something really similar and it makes me feel like we were sisters separated at birth. I can see the resemblance. It's there. You just gotta look really hard.
I would like to thank Stephanie Romans for dropping by and answering some questions!  I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I did :)

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