I first met Alle Wells several months ago on an online author's forum, and I was so impressed by her wit and wisdom that I had to read her novel, Lame Excuses, right away. It's a wonderful reflection on people, food and life, a truly unique literary effort. You can find it now on Amazon and Smashwords. Also, she will be interviewed January 5th at 5:00 PST by Monica Brinkman on the Blogtalkradio cast of "The Author Speaks."
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What else do you do besides writing?
I’m a history buff and live in a quaint historic district near one of the oldest established towns in
. I am the mother of three wonderful
daughters in their twenties. Now that my daughters are on their own, I have a
lot of time on my hands. I have been an avid reader all my life, many times to
the point of being reclusive. I feel complete with a book (or iPad) in my hand
and a story in my head. I enjoy a simple vegan lifestyle, cooking, gardening,
bird watching and practicing Kundalini yoga. North
2. How did you first get into writing?
I started writing a diary when I was ten years old. My mother found the diary and that ended my writing career for a while. I continued to write poetry as a teenager and served as high school correspondent for my hometown newspaper. After my children started school, I worked in development for non-profit organizations, writing appeal letters and publishing quarterly newsletters. Most recently, given the additional time in my life and the opportunity to self-publish, I decided to pursue writing as a second career.
3. Tell us about your latest book.
I have published one book, Lame Excuses. Forty-year-old Emily Halley sits in a wheelchair in an abandoned lot of a silent, forlorn southern town. She reflects on her life that began in a short-order cafe that sat on this corner lot in the early 1960’s. She remembers and shares her love for the cafe that provided everything she needed and demanded nothing from her. As a teenager, Emily’s life at the cafe ends abruptly with her father’s untimely death.
Forced to find a new life, Emily enrolls in a culinary arts school in a rural farming community. She thrives as a culinary artist and finds a mentor, a lover and a home in the Sand Fort community. As she faces life’s pleasant surprises, southern humor, disappointments and drama, Emily’s passion for food remains constant and comforts her. Then, a medical condition misdiagnosed by a country doctor and ignored by Emily leads her to a tragic and unsatisfied end.
Emily’s story describes an epidemic spreading throughout our country, especially predominant in the rural South. I hope that her story will encourage readers who struggle with food addiction.
4. Is it part of a larger series?
No. Each book I write will stand alone.
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