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Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 thrillers and romantic suspense novels, plus numerous short stories. A five-time RITA award nominee for Best Romantic Suspense, she also won the Daphne du Maurier winner for Best Suspense. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in northern California with her husband, five kids, and assorted pets. She's currently writing, reading, playing video games, or attending her kids sporting events.
Like most writers, I am an avid reader. I started light - Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew - but by the time I was eleven, I'd discovered my mom's vast Agatha Christie and Ed McBain collections.
But two things happened on my way to becoming a mystery writer.
First, I discovered Stephen King.
As a thirteen-year-old book fanatic, I learned about page-turners early. I wrote Stephen King a fan letter after reading THE STAND and told him I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. He wrote back and told me: "If you want to be a writer, write." Which I took to mean, why wait until I grew up?
My problem? I never finished anything I started. As soon as I was well into the story and had figured out what was going to happen, I became bored and started a new project.
In high school, I became fascinated with true crime, and it wasn't until college that I started reading my mom's romance novels. They hadn't appealed to me as a teenager, but as a "mature" twenty-one year old, I found them entertaining.
Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and others introduced me to contemporary novels that didn't involve murder, dismemberment, or deranged clowns living in the sewer.
Over the next decade, I built a career, married, had five kids, but never stopped reading--or writing.
I soon discovered a wonderful blend of suspense and romance with the romantic suspense novels of Tami Hoag, Kay Hooper and Lisa Gardner, and knew exactly what I wanted to write. I could take my mystery reader background, my fascination with true crime, and my desire for a happily ever after, and blend it into a romantic thriller.
I love romance because I want a happy ending. True love should win over adversity, if the hero and heroine are worthy. They need to earn it, because nothing achieved easily is truly appreciated. But I also love intense thrills and chills because they are physical--fear causes the entire body to react, heart pounding, head thumping, hands shaking.
Book seven in the Lucy Kincaid series, COLD SNAP, will be out on October 29, 2013. I'm also launching a new series in hardcover centered around investigative reporter Max Revere. NOTORIOUS will be out April 8, 2014.
Thank you to all my readers. I appreciate your feedback and enthusiasm.
~ Allison Brennan