Author Interviews

Author Interview with Allie Burke


I’m interviewing Allie Burke today, author of new adult dystopian / paranormal romance “Nowhere Train”. Welcome to my blog, Allie, and thanks for answering my questions.

When did you decide you wanted to be an author?

Decide to be an author? I’m not sure any of us decide to be an author. I think it’s really a matter of writing something down because our brains won’t shut up about it and later realizing that maybe we’re kind of good at writing, which is exactly what I did. I don’t think anyone decides to be an author, though, and if they do, I’ve never met them. It just kind of happens. Like a one night stand or gaining fifteen pounds in two days.

Where did you get the inspiration for Nowhere Train?

You know I honestly don’t remember. I mean, I’ve always been into the holistic lifestyle and auras and the ideal of communicating via energy, but that was already done in my original Enchanters series, just not on this level. I knew that I really wanted to write some zombie fiction and I really wanted to keep being known as the author who writes something that is completely out of left field within its genre. Tying zombies into the Enchanters series really was just luck, I think. I wrote the plot on a pizza restaurant napkin.

What is your editing process like?

I write the first draft, send it to the editor, and then cry when it comes back, honestly. Editing is brutal. Your work getting torn apart line by line with a red pen is brutal. I mean, my skin has learned to be thick over the years, but editors are usually going so quickly that they don’t take the time to be nice about it. At all. One of my very good friends, also a bestselling author of multiple (edited) books, tells me to drink wine every time. It’s the only thing that helps.

What are your writing goals for 2015?

Well, I’ve put out two books this year, and have three more to go, plus a graphic novel. So, as per usual, my writing goals are impossible.

What is your absolute favorite part about writing? What is your least favorite part?

Writing is pretty easy for me, so I like that it feels natural. Like it is something I was born to do. My least favorite part about writing is that, having built a career around it, sometimes it feels like I have to do it. People asking me about release dates makes it feel like a job and less like a passion. Which, it is a job. But still.

Are you working on something now? If so, can you tell us a little about it?

Yes, I’m just finishing up two projects actually: a graphic novel for Stigma Fighters and the sequel to Nowhere Train, called Prius. Next will be the final novella and a standalone literary novel.

About the Book

NowhereTrainebookCoverTitle: Nowhere Train

Author: Allie Burke

Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Dystopian

Two-years post end-of-the-world, all Jetilyn Fournier wants to do is learn to navigate a world that is no longer her own. Surviving zombies feels easy, though, compared to dealing with her rocky relationship with her best friend, the death of her mother, her sister’s faux happiness, and her father’s sudden desire to speak, after decades of silence. Saving herself is not even something she can fit in at the moment. Enter Devlin Shea: for all intents and purposes, a mortal enemy. Though she should hate him instantly upon contact, she doesn’t, and before she knows it, Jett has another life to save. Told in the surreal prose that Allie Burke has come to be known for, Nowhere Train is the first zombie novel of its kind. At two parts hippie and one part magic, it is as deadly as it is beautiful; as dark as it is hopeful, baring the question in mind: who–and what–are Jett and her family really fighting for?

Author Bio

A Bestselling Author, publishing imprint Manager, and Psychology Today Blogger from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.

Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.

From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.

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