Today’s special guest to kick off a new week is novelist Zoe Allison. We’re chatting about her new paranormal romance, Impervious.
Welcome, Zoe. Please share a little bit about your current release.
Set in a world where vampires secretly exist as a subspecies of human, The Organization are a covert league of benevolent vampires who work tirelessly to keep malevolent vampires in check. Amber Ridley is the only human on the team. She is a rare being who possesses the power of immunity to vampire attack – an ‘Impervious’. Amber is partnered with her close friend Valentino on The Organization’s most vital mission to date but finds out this also means working with Hayden Knight, Valentino’s estranged friend who abandoned both Valentino and The Organization in the past.
What inspired you to write this book?
Excerpt from Impervious:Amber mirrored Vale’s posture. “Why is he here then? Why come back now?”
What exciting story are you working on next?
Currently I’m working on the sequel to Impervious, I’m trying to squeeze in time to work on it whenever I can! Though I’m not planning on any more books in this series after that. I also want to return to a previous manuscript which is a contemporary romance and see if I can polish that one up. In terms of new ideas, I would like to write a time travel romance and perhaps a medical romance.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In the past I never considered myself a writer. Science was my strongest subject at school and I always had my sights set on a career in the sciences. However, I had enjoyed creative writing in the past and done well at this when younger. A few years ago, I had the desire to write after experiencing the process of creating some opinion pieces for a medical newsletter. I decided writing of a more creative nature would be a good outlet and so I started writing texts for children’s picture books, and then decided I would like to write some romance because I enjoyed reading these for the uplifting feel-good factor and I had various ideas I was keen to explore.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
My day job is as a doctor and it’s a very busy career, with my days being up to 12 hours long. I work four days a week on average. I use my day off and evenings for writing and it’s a challenge to fit in along with family life.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write best when I’m alone in the house so that I can concentrate. I hate it when people come into the room I’m writing in in case they read my raw, unpolished work over my shoulder so I have to close my laptop until they vacate the area again!
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My best subjects at school were the sciences. Initially I wanted to be a vet, but after doing some work experience I decided I was probably more of a people person! I wanted a scientific career that involved my favourite science – biology. I also wanted something vocational and in the caring profession, so I decided to study Medicine.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
In the past I never believed in the power of creativity because I grew up believing that there was only value in logic and science. I now know that this isn’t necessarily the case. I still know the value in academia but creative outlets are vital for mental wellbeing and enriching the human experience. Express yourself in whichever way you are driven to, whether it be art, writing, singing, playing an instrument, or another outlet, and you will be all the better for it, both psychologically and spiritually.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!