Friday, December 28, 2018

20 Questions with Historical Fiction Author Alison Littman @alimcshpiel

Alison Littman lives in San Francisco where she’s a writer by day and standup comedian by night. A former journalist in New Mexico, she covered politics and education while also contributing articles on John F. Kennedy and The Beatles to various specialty magazines. Her feature stories focus on listening to rock 'n' roll behind the Iron Curtain and Cold War politics. Radio Underground is her first novel.

1.      Are you a morning writer or a night writer?
a.       Night! And then as I fall asleep, I think of ways to improve what I had just written and usually have to snap open my computer again and jot down some notes. This is how I became an insomniac.
2.      Do you outline or are you a pantster?
a.       Pantser all the way.
3.      Which comes first – plot or character?
a.       The plot usually comes to me first, however, it’s the characters that usually end up shaping, shifting and often destroying the plot.
4.      Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?
a.       I prefer either. If I’m feeling stuck, I’ll put on some ‘90s pop music. If I feel like I’m in the groove and ready to write, I usually like silence.
5.      Favorite TV show?
a.       Friends or Handmaid’s Tale.
6.      Favorite type of music?
a.       Variations of rock, jazz and pop, I suppose. Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, and, man do I love Broadway musicals.
7.      Favorite craft besides writing?
a.       Stand up comedy
8.      Do you play a musical instrument?
a.       No
9.       Single or married?
a.       Single lady
10.  Children or no?
a.       No children
11.  Pets?
a.       No pets! My mom has a beagle named Carmela – we Facetime a lot and I love her so, but she lives in a different part of the state. It’s very hard.
12.  Favorite place to write?
a.       Plain old boring desk in the living room.
13.  Favorite restaurant?
a.       Mandalay – a Burmese restaurant in San Francisco.
14.  Do you work outside the home?
a.       Not really…
15.  What was the name of the last movie you saw?
a.       The Incredible Jessica James
16.  Favorite outdoor activity?
a.       Biking!
17.  Pet peeve?
a.       When people bite into frozen popsicles. WHY?!
18.  Your goal in life?
a.       To be an author – same goal since I was six years old.
19.  Your most exciting moment?
a.       Getting the cover of my book back – seeing it depicted on paper was that moment where I was like, “I think this is real.”
20.  The love of your life?
a.       My family.

About the Book:

Author: Alison Littman
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Pages: 354
Genre: Historical Fiction

After years of suffering under the communist regime in Cold War Hungary, Eszter Turján—fanatical underground journalist—would sacrifice anything, and anyone, to see the government fall. When she manipulates news broadcasts on Radio Free Europe, she ignites a vicious revolution, commits a calamitous murder, and is dragged away screaming to a secret underground prison.

Her daughter Dora, then a teenager, cowers in her bedroom as the secret police arrest her mother. Haunted and hurt, Dora vows to work against everything Eszter believes in. But, it’s not that simple.

After nine years, Dora meets a strapping young fan of Radio Free Europe and is unwittingly drawn back into Eszter’s circle. She finds her mother, driven mad by years of torture, is headed for death.

On the brink of losing Eszter again, Dora must decide if she should risk her life to save the mother who discarded her—or leave it to fate.

“A propulsive read and a timely reminder that maintaining our humanity requires courage as much as love.”- Kim van Alkemade, New York Times best-selling author of Orphan #8 and Bachelor Girl

“Littman’s debut novel is a delectable blend of history and heartstrings, sure to please the palates of literature lovers everywhere.”- Selene Castrovilla, award-winning author of Melt and Luna Rising

5 out of 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite

Radio Underground reads like a movie…A revolutionary tale written with style.”- Readers’ Favorite


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