Allie Boniface was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably
explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She currently teaches high school English in the lower Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband and two furry felines. She is the author of six contemporary romance novels; Inferno of Love is the second in her Hometown Heroes series. Allie loves chatting with other authors and readers and can be found around the Web (visit her on Facebook or Twitter, and stop by her blog to check out the latest news). She loves attending writers' conferences, giving workshops, swapping stories, and generally talking about romance. Allie loves stories set in small towns and is a firm believer in the power of love and the emotions that connect us all!
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I'm a born and bred New Yorker, though I've lived in the Midwest (Ohio) and New England (Rhode Island) at various points. Right now I'm located in the lower Hudson Valley, about an hour north of NYC, with my husband. I teach high school English full time and write (try to find the time!) on the side. Hubby and I are avid travelers and vacation as often as we can. This year we have 2 big trips planned: Alaska and Iceland. I love finding inspiration in other places!
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Authors on my "must read" list include Stephen King (I just finished Doctor Sleep), Jodi Picoult, and John Green. 3 different genres and 3 talented storytellers. I love getting lost in the worlds and the characters they create.
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love writing romance/women's fiction because I love happy endings!
What is your favorite genre to read?
I mostly read women's fiction and literary fiction because I love the language of a really good storyteller.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
My stories fall somewhere between PG-13 and R, so they're on the sensual side, but I do close the bedroom door when it comes time for the characters to be alone together. For me, the emotional side of a relationship is more interesting and complex to write about. I love the element of falling in love, and that's what I choose to focus my writing on. Sex is important & invaluable in romantic relationships, of course, but I prefer alluding to its intimacy rather than spelling it out for readers.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Making stories come alive, and hearing from readers about how much they enjoy those stories! There's nothing like it.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Many of my characters and situations (and settings!) are based on people and places I've known. So....be careful! You never know when you might end up in one of my books!
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
Characters you care about, obstacles that seem insurmountable, and love that surpasses everything!
Please share about your book
This is the second book in the Hometown Heroes series, set in the fictional coastal town of Lindsey Point, Connecticut. I describe it as "heartbroken playboy meets recovering amnesiac" and really, it's about two people who met and fell in love as teens but then, because of terrible circumstances, were separated for the next twelve years. When they reconnect, my heroine has no idea who the hero is or what he once meant to her.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Finn – Flirtatious bartender hiding past pain
Aubrey – Recovering amnesiac seeking the truth
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Inferno of Love is about lovers reunited, about soul mates reconnecting despite time and circumstances. It is about waiting for your one true love and believing against all odds that s/he will return to you!
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