Interview with young adult author Allie Burton

Today’s
guest is young adult author Allie Burton to tell us a bit about herself and her novel Soul Slam.

Allie will be giving
away a $50 Amazon (or BN) gift card to a lucky commenter (who uses the form
below). If you’d like to increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and enter there, too! 

Bio:

Allie
didn’t realize having so many jobs would become great research material for the
stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a
bike police officer to a professional mascot escort. She has lived on three
continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine
biology, and advertising.
When
her kids asked, “when are you going to write a story we can read?” she switched
from adult novels to Young Adult and Middle Grade and hasn’t looked back.
Allie
is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators,
Romance Writers of America including the Young Adult, Dallas Area Romance
Writers and Heart of the Rockies chapters. She is also a member of Rocky
Mountain Fiction Writers. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and
two children.
Welcome,
Allie. Please tell us about your current release:
A sixteen-year-old on her first heist to steal an ancient Egyptian
amulet inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut…and the deadly curse that
comes with it.
           
And Olivia is not alone at the museum.
           
A member of a secret Society, Xander believes it is his place to
inherit King Tut’s soul and justly rule. He knows nothing about the society’s
evil plan to control the world or the curse. Now, he must deal with the female
imposter who stole the amulet.
Xander convinces Olivia they must form a temporary partnership.
The two teens develop a connection, and together they must figure out how to
end the curse before it turns deadly. On the run, unable to touch because of
the curse, and dealing with a male soul inside her female body, Olivia must
learn to trust Xander.
As the mystery surrounding the amulet unfolds, Olivia and Xander
start to fall for each other. But is love enough to save them and the world
from destruction?
Excerpt:
(from Chapter Twenty-Seven)
My spot of defiance hadn’t stopped
him. My elation plummeted like my spit. X now had the final ingredient.
Smoke rose from the cup. Colors
swirled, mixing and combining like a wacky rainbow. My gaze followed the motion
unwillingly entranced. I couldn’t take my gaze off of this creation. The
contents glowed with a strange aura.
A light flashed sending a bolt of
lightning through the room. I flinched from the heat.
The goons’ hold loosened. X watched
with an awed expression on his face.
A sphere formed in the cup. Colors
of red and blue and yellow shaped the orb. The colors flamed and burned into a
bright yellow. The shiny ball rose on a layer of smoke like the sun on a cloudy
day.
I’d never seen anything so
fantastical. I held my breath as the orb rose above the alabaster cup and
floated like a balloon.
X stepped toward the globe. “Did you
know glass was first developed around the time of King Tut’s reign?” He angled
his head examining the glass globe of sun. “The golden glass will act like a
controller.”
“You can’t control a king.” Or a
pharaoh. Or me.
“While I was promised to host King
Tut, the conditions weren’t right the year I turned sixteen.” X’s voice grew
bitter. His eyebrows came together in a straight line mourning the loss of his
own power. “The Society didn’t even read the chant, already knowing through
advances in science that an eclipse would not happen on the summer solstice of
that year. I became a regular person, just another man in the Society.”
Having the power had been cool, but
not if I couldn’t control it. Not if I couldn’t touch the people I loved.
Xander’s name whispered through my chest.
“I was promised the soul and the
power but never told about the burn out until later.” X’s voice rose higher,
angrier. “The Society betrayed me, betrayed every Xander throughout the
centuries.”
“Then why are you doing this to me?”
Is your life anything
like it was two years ago?
Yes.
I still have to reach my word count every day. Now there’s just more
interruptions because of marketing tasks.
Have you ever had an
imaginary friend?
 I’ve had an entire group of imaginary friends.
In a way, writing is like having a cast of characters in your head who want to
tell their story.
Do you have any
phobias?

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia-the
fear of long words. Just typing it made me shiver.
Ever broken any
bones?

No,
but I’ve had lots of stitches.
Any weird things you
do when you’re alone?

Dance
around the house naked. Just kidding!
Social links:
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Buy links:
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16 thoughts on “Interview with young adult author Allie Burton

  1. Unknown says:

    I love that as a mother, Allie cared enough to encourage her childrens' reading habits by writing books geared toward their demographic. It's so very difficult to get kids interested in reading that I offer kudos to anyone who can accomplish that feat. Have a great tour

  2. Unknown says:

    Thanks for hosting me! I'm really excited about Soul Slam because it combines romance, adventure and mystery. I hope my readers enjoy it! I'm traveling today but will check in periodically. Allie

  3. Unknown says:

    Elise-Maria, We have a rule at my house that if a movie is based on a book the kids must read the book first. When a popular movie comes out the kids fly through those pages. Allie

  4. Karen H says:

    Your bio mentioned you wrote adult books, but I'm not seeing any titles. Anything published other than YA or MG? Do you think you will ever venture out of your current genre and if so, what genre would you choose?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  5. MomJane says:

    This book sounds like something my granddaughter would love. She got a book (and other things) for Christmas, and all she mentions is the book.

  6. Unknown says:

    Karen H in NC, Sorry for the delayed response. I'm out of the country and finding Internet has been spotty. I started writing romantic suspense, but realized my voice fit the YA and MG genres better before getting anything published. I don't believe in ever saying never, so who knows what I'll write in the future. Allie.

  7. Allie Burton says:

    Natasha – Glad you enjoyed the excerpt!
    Elena – I love creating titles! In another series I wrote the titles were Atlantis Riptide, Atlantis Red Tide, and Atlantis Rising Tide. All of the chapters have fun titles too!
    Minato – Thanks for stopping by.
    Allie

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