Welcome to Writing for Christ Allie Pleiter, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?
Most people who meet me for the first time are surprised that I really am six feet tall. This makes me laugh, because why would I make that up? My very favorite was when I got off a plane in Texas and was met by a driver who took one look and said “Well, aren’t you a tall drink o’water?” I admit, it’s useful when being collected in airports by people I’ve never met--the chances of two six foot brunettes getting off any given airplane are pretty slim. Unless, of course, I happen to be flying with a women’s basketball team :).
Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
The best thing about writing for Love Inspired is that I can cover a host of genres. I’m an eclectic gal in both my reading and writing tastes. I’ve written first person chick-lit, historical, contemporary, women’s fiction, category, single title, and non-fiction. I read all those, too. The only thing I’ve never been drawn to--as a writer or a reader--is horror, mystery, or suspense. I like my literature happy!
Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?
“Get out of your own way.” Studying craft is good, and a serious writer should never stop trying to improve, but in every book comes the point where you just put all the craft and research and technique behind and simply tell the story. Every time I attempt to write “better,” it comes out worse. When I let the story take over, all the skills I’ve acquired work in service to that tale, and things come out splendidly. I definitely feel this was the case with Homefront Hero--this was one of those books where everything came together to take things up a notch for me as a writer. That’s tremendously satisfying, especially when readers come up to you and say, “it’s the best thing you’ve ever done.”
5 things you love?
My love of java is legendary. Every morning, and every afternoon around 2pm, there’s a cup of coffee somewhere in my vicinity (or there’d better be...)
I have loved chocolate since forever. I can barely keep the stuff in the house because I have absolutely no willpower and evidently a very unforgiving metabolism.
3. Mocha (that’s coffee and chocolate together)
Starbucks and Steak N Shake are my favorite purveyors of the stuff, to be sure. Oh, and those chocolate covered espresso beans Trader Joe’s sells...those are awesome, too.
I’m an obsessive knitter. I have a knitting blog, and many of my books contain knitting characters. For me, it’s the perfect antidote to a long day of staring at my computer screen. When it’s my turn to go, I hope they find me slumped over either my laptop or my needles.
I truly look at life as an adventure. I’m an adventurous person, and I think God has a unique adventure planned for every life that involves particular risks and dares to help us grow into the brave person He wants us to be.
What do you enjoy most about being a published author?
It’s quite simply the most fun you can have and still call it “work.” I love to go on research “adventures”--and have had some doozies. Raging extrovert that I am, I love to go out and meet readers, visit bookstores and yarn stores, and interact with people who love books and knitting as much as I do. I can travel anywhere in the country (and maybe even the world) and strike a deep, fast connection with someone when talking books or knitting.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
My website is the best place to start: www.alliepleiter.com
You can also visit my knitting blot at www.DestiKNITions.blogspot.com
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