Welcome back, Allie Pleiter!
An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the Midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at www.alliepleiter.com or her knitting blog at www.DestiKNITions.blogspot.com
About the Book:
Homefront Hero by Allie Pleiter
Back cover copy: Dashing and valiantly wounded, Captain John Gallows could have stepped straight out of an army recruitment poster. Leanne Sample can’t help being impressed—although the lovely Red Cross nurse tries to hide it. She knows better than to get attached to the daring captain who is only home to heal and help rally support for the war’s final push. As soon as he’s well enough, he’ll rush back to Europe, back to war—and far away from South Carolina and Leanne. But when an epidemic strikes close to home, John comes to realize what it truly means to be a hero—Leanne’s hero.
Allie, what things did you learn with this publication experience?
I learned how much fun it can be to combine your passions. By fusing my love for knitting with my love for romance, I discovered the sum is greater than its parts. Not only was writing this story an adventure of love–diving into the history of something I hold dear–but I became so very excited about the project that I’m impossible to live with lately! Before this book, I would have thought it odd to make knitting romantic (well, let me rephrase that: I would have been sure other people would find it odd). The more I watched how learning to knit under Army orders forced John and Leanne together in close quarters, fed their conversation, enabled them to learn things about themselves and each other, the more ideal the plot became.
That is definitely outside the box. What can readers do to help you spread the word about your books?
Online reviews like bn.com and Amazon.com have become important ways “word of mouth” happens in the information age. The best way to spread the word is to do just that–tell your friends. Gift an e-book, purchase a second copy and hand it off to someone you know will enjoy it, tell what you liked on Twitter and Facebook. Readers can also go to alliepleiter.com to sign up for my newsletters so they catch more of my work.
Do you have a favorite recipe related to the book? if so – share.
No, I don’t, but I know some people who can provide the next best thing: a knitting pattern. We still have soldiers, and they still need socks. Socksforsoldiersinc.com has information on how we can still support our troops with yarn and needles. You can also find patterns and groups on the social networking site Ravelry.com.
Oh, I like that, Allie! Thanks so much for those sites. Do you have a funny story about the blog tour so far you can share?
It’s a bit early for hi-jinx, but I’ve had a great deal of fun researching this book. People have been wonderfully helpful. One memory I will keep forever took place on Jackson Army Base in Columbia, SC (which is Camp Jackson during the time of my book). I was there just before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and was on site for the base’s memorial ceremony. It was incredibly moving to be among so many patriots for such a somber event–I’ll never forget it.
Moments that like help define us, don’t they? Anything else you’d like to tell us – motivation-wise, reader-advice, writerly.
Only that I truly believe the words all over my website: the adventure starts right where you are! Adventures are everywhere, even in the saddest of places. You do not need to be equipped or strategic, they can start here and now, right where you are. If you don’t like where you are, start your adventure to where you want to be–it has to begin somewhere, so why not here? The important thing is not where you begin, it’s that you begin.
What great inspiration, Allie! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and best wishes with your future work.