The Author Spotlight Questions and Answers is back with a new addition - this time we have a post from Breeann Allison, who is talking about her new book detective novel THE COFFIN MAKER and life in Lehi, Utah.


Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I’m Breeann Allison and I live in Lehi, Utah, a one-stoplight rodeo town that takes great pride in being the place where Footloose was filmed.
 
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?

My new book is The Coffin Maker, a paranormal mystery where Death comes knocking and only a lonely coffin maker can stop him. I got the inspiration from a Florence and the Machine song called “My Boy Builds Coffins.” Speaking of music, whenever I found it particularly challenging to just sit down and write, I would listen to the song “Rubber Head” from the Drive soundtrack to help clear all the noise out of my head. It worked about 80 percent of the time.

I’ve always loved the blend of humor and the macabre, and I hope The Coffin Maker achieves that balancing act to some degree. I’m also a Halloween fanatic year-round, and would feel right at home in a place like Gregor’s Hollow.

What are a few of your hobbies?
I live in Utah so I should say hiking. I’d like to be one of those people who says they hike. But mostly I read, write, re-binge Twin Peaks and Supernatural, and try to get as many belly laughs out of my nieces and nephews as possible.

If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?

Bacon waffles with maple syrup and unlimited whipped cream.

What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?

I want to write more words every day. I burn out too fast.

What TV series are you into right now and why?

Halt and Catch Fire, because the characters fail over and over again but look gorgeous while doing it.

What movie do you quote the most?

Sense and Sensibility

What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.

Lipstick that I’ll never wear. Rebel red.

What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?

Magical realism or any good mystery

What do you like to do on vacation?

Find the best meal and eat it twice

Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?

Steampunk

What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?

My iPod from 2006 that I haven’t charged in years.

If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?

Cyrus the Great; Pigeon This Hole

Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Next time you’re browsing Netflix and feel like going dark side, I highly recommend Alias Grace, a slow-burn, gothic mystery that feels like a long-lost episode of Lore. Also Jane the Virgin.

About The Coffin Maker

Twenty-three-year-old Jesse Burns lives a tranquil life as the coffin maker in the enthusiastically eerie town of Gregor’s Hollow. Here, the By the Pricking of My Crumbs Bakery sells deep-fried candy corn year round, and manmade mist swirls through the streets every afternoon at three-thirty. As for the graveyard bells that chime at midnight and the Victorian portrait that materializes in the hotel guest rooms? Well, no one can account for those but they look impressive in the brochure.

Few in the town are admired more than the trustworthy, if reclusive, coffin maker. Praised for his intricate carvings and flamboyant artistry, Jesse creates his masterpieces in the workshop that belonged to his father, the previous coffin maker who vanished nine years ago.

Jesse’s isolated routine is disturbed when Death appears on his doorstep one October evening. Wearing a sharply pressed suit and a condescending smile, Death demands eight coffins by Halloween. Jesse is horrified to learn that the coffins are intended for Death’s next eight victims—all of them citizens of Gregor’s Hollow. In exchange for the eight coffins, Death will tell Jesse what happened to his father.

Jesse builds the coffins but refuses to stand by and wait for them to fill with corpses. Together with an alluring and untrustworthy stranger, he seeks the answer he needs to thwart Death’s plan.

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