April 2, 2014

Interview: Allison Merrit author of The Convict and the Cattleman @allison_merritt #RLFblog #historical

The Convict and the Cattleman 
Title The Convict and the Cattleman
Genre historical romance
Author Allison Merritt
Publisher Lyrical Press
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
His love is the key to her release.
Sentenced to seven years of servitude in the penal colony of New South Wales, Bridgit Madden is thrust into a world unlike anything she's known, dangers she never imagined and enemies with their own interests at heart. Certain that the conviction has ruined her chances of ever having a real family, she is fearful of her future.
Despite his reluctance to take in a convict, Jonah Andrus, a grazier and pioneer cattleman, needs a servant to care for his orphaned niece. When presented with Bridgit, who is far too beautiful and distracting, he initially tries to refuse. However, with a busy cattle station to oversee, he needs help right away.
Upon her first meeting with Jonah's niece, Bridgit immediately falls in love with the girl and becomes entwined the mystery surrounding her birth. As she gets to know her employer better, Bridgit makes it her mission to remind him that family is priceless. When it seems as though she might have found the place she truly belongs, their love is threatened by lies and deceit, and both of them might lose everything they hold dear for a second time.

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Interview with Allison Merritt

Why did you write this book?
The Convict and the Cattleman is the first novel I ever finished. When I started it four years ago―yep, that long―I hadn't written anything in five years. I've always loved historical romance, so I knew that was the route I wanted to take when writing a novel, and I was looking for something unusual. I picked penal colonies, when I knew nothing about and what I knew about Australia amounted to they have desert, crocodiles, kangaroos, and an opera house. It took a lot of research to figure out the where and what and how, but it was worth it, and I learned so much.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Definitely romance. I like historical, contemporary, and paranormal subgenres.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
James T. Kirk is one of my absolute favorites. Ladies' man, charmer, the never-say-die type. He's the sort who gets you in big trouble, but at least you had fun getting there.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love both. Rom-coms are always a good pick for movies. My favorites are Fool's Gold, Warm Bodies, The Bounty Hunter, Pretty Woman, Alex and Emma, Leap Year, Hitch, and 27 Dresses. For TV shows, can you really go wrong with The Walking Dead? And Firefly?
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I'm currently working on the third book in a paranormal historical series, and a historical romance. I have a couple more historicals planned for 2014 as well.
A love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She graduated college with a B.A. in mass communications that's gathering dust after it was determined that she's better at writing fluff than hard news.
She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she's not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Kayelle!

    1. Glad to have you here. :) This looks wonderful!


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