Allison Winn Scotch is a New York Times Bestselling Author with a total of four fiction titles to her name. THE ONE THAT I WANT, TIME OF MY LIFE, THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST & FOUND, and her most recent title, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, all share common elements, brought to life in each story’s unbelievably realistic characters. How she is able to accomplish this difficult task was just one of the many questions Allison was gracious enough to answer in our recent interview about her getting published process.
Day: Congratulations on the recent release of your latest book THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME. Can you give our readers a sneak peek?
Allison: SONG is about a woman who survives a plane crash but loses her memory in doing so. She’s then told the history of her life by those around her—her mother, her husband, and her sister—all of whom have their own agendas and who prove to be unreliable narrators. So Nell, my protagonist, has to sort of wade through the muck and figure out her own truth. But how do you do that when you can’t trust anyone around you? What cues do you look for? How do you trust your own instincts?
Day: Sounds very interesting. Where does the inspiration come from?
Allison: I’ve learned that I can’t write a book or at least write a book well unless I am completely and totally struck with a lightning bolt of an idea. I love exploring people (not just women) who are in ruts or who aren’t living their fullest lives, and I usually spend a lot of time marinating a unique spin on how to put characters into a setting where they’re forced to grow. I can’t exactly remember where and how I came up with the concept for THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME, but I knew I wanted to move away from magical realism (the focus of my last two books) while still exploring the idea of reinvention and starting over. I have these terrible plane crash dreams, so I think I just woke up one day and thought, “Well, that’s a great starting place.”