For the record, please state your name.
A.P. Hallmark … Arlene Hallmark
What inspired you to become a writer?
I fell in love with reading around 15 years of age. I started out reading Harlequin Romances and progressed to reading Jude Deveraux. I then began reading anything and everything with Fabio on the front cover. Then I discovered Fanfiction and a fellow Twilighter inspired me to write my first story.
How long have you been writing for?
I wrote my first story in 2012. It’s so bad that I can’t even get through it and love that the fandom is reading it to this day.
What’s your writing style like?
I have a relaxed style, I think. My characters tend to speak like the kids talk today. It’s difficult for my editor to understand that. It’s not always proper if you know what I mean.
What’s your favourite genre to write/read in and why?
My favourite is Romance with a bit of suspense. I feel more comfortable writing about love and the chase of it. I love period pieces the best although I don’t think I’d be good at writing them. But I sure love to read them.
What’s your least favourite genre to write/read in and why?
My least favorite is SciFi. I have never been a fan of Star Wars and Star Trek. Probably because it lacks the romance that I love so much.
Some writers have something playing in the background, do you and what?
Funny you say that because I’m listening to my Pandora channel right now. I always have music playing when I write. I listen to music without lyrics mostly because a soft melody is not as intrusive to my concentration as someone singing. I like it when the music from the Twilight Saga comes on.
What’s the inspiration behind your books?
I don’t know if there’s any one thing that inspires me, but I can say that the majority of my stories have come to me while traveling. I’m writing one now that came to me when I was traveling through Montana. The next will be a three-book series inspired by a woman I spoke to about her mother. I can’t wait to write that.
If you could do it all over again, would you change anything about your books?
Not the story plot, no.
Is there anything you found particularly challenging about writing?
Not writing, per se, but you need a strong team behind you that’s for sure and setting up that team is a challenge.
Who are your cover designers?
Jada D’Lee Designs is wonderful. I was lucky she was willing to take me on. I’m afraid one day she’s going to become so successful she won’t have time for me. She does fabulous work, and her videos are even better.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
There’s not one particular author that inspired me but the books I read when I was growing up did. I learned a lot reading period pieces. I learned how they lived and survived. What they did to entertain themselves without TV or computers. The food they ate and how vicious they were to one another to climb the social ladder. I get lost in these books. About a year ago I discovered Nicholas Sparks. I love his stories … even though he has no problem killing off a beloved character!
What is your take on fanfiction?
I love fanfiction. I think it’s great that it has inspired so many to write and to be creative. What I don’t like about it is the brutality of the review process. It’s shameful the way people need to leave hateful and hurtful reviews. The people writing these stories have not, and are not, claiming to be professional. I often wonder how these reviewers that critique the writers so brutally feel that their criticism is on a higher plane than those they read and evaluate.
What advice would you give any newbie author or anyone that wants to pick up writing?
Don’t let the haters stop you!
Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps something not many people know about? Can you share with us the best way to contact you and where to find your work? This is where you have the floor.
Funny you ask that because I am probably the most boring person on the planet. I am trying to semi-retire from a career as a paralegal. I read these author’s biographies and say “wow” she’s really got it going on, but not me. I don’t knit, I don’t party, I don’t play an instrument, and I don’t do Comic Con. I don’t even watch TV. See … boring! I read, and I write. I’m building my team right now, and that’s taking some time, but once I get my groove going, you’ll be hearing more from me.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us!!!
Thank you for asking, ladies!!!
REVIEW: I’LL BE SEEING YOU
There are 2 books in this series I’ll be seeing you and its sequel I see you. The series is a true love story that tests the couple that face’s more than the normal challenges in anyone’s relationship.
I’ll be seeing you, starts off with Dr Mathew Davies who runs the Davies Institute for the blind. Dr Davies has created the perfect trial to run using stem cells to cure blindness in certain cases.
Mathew has been going to the same coffee shop for months every day at the same time because he finds the most beautiful woman he has ever seen there. It takes him three months to build up the courage to talk to Joy Johnson who was blinded in a car accident when she was a child that killed her parents, he introduces himself in an unconventional way of by wanting to talk with her guide dog Conrad and give him a treat instead of Joy.
This would not be a true love story if there was no heart break, betrayal or passion and there is plenty of all of those. I found this book to be extremely entertaining. I was reading it at every chance I could not wanting to put it down, I loved it that much. The main characters are well developed and both strong in their convictions wanting a strong love that stands the test of time, while at the same time wanting their desires heard. Like all true love stories there is a villain in the Name of Emma Ford who’s only mission is to destroy the lover’s relationship so she can have in on Matthew’s research.
The book ends on a cliff-hanger and you scream “NOOOOOO”. You do just want to scream because you have gotten so invested in the plot and characters you just want to know what happens next. Will there be forgiveness or will this love story end tragically, the only way to know is to make sure you read the second book. The author has done her research clearly on what it means to be blind when a person with a sight impairment operates and uses all how they use their others senses. There is also a clear understanding with this author what the relationships would be like for a person with a sight impairment and how they interact with others that do not have sight impairments. It shows the general populations a glimpse into the life a courageous young woman with a sight impairment and how independent she really can be. Though this is a fictional book the research shows clearly in the writing of the plot and the character development.
REVIEW: I SEE YOU
I see you is the second book in the series and it gives you a happy ever after with all the couples in the book getting together, marriage and children.
But Joy and Matthew must face their issues of betrayal and why Mathew did it. What they will do together about Emma Ford the villain who is out to destroy Mathew no matter the cost and the tragedy they must face together.
In this book, Mathew, does perform his ground-breaking experiment on Joy to help her get her sight back but does she only time will tell. Joy finally always Mathew the opportunity to explain his side of the story and why he wants her to be his first patient in this new procedure. It does take Mathew with the help of their friends some convincing Joy to try nut it’s not just the procedure that they need to try on but their relationship as well. They both need to be able to communicate their issues and concerns without the feelings of abandonment of loss.
This book is not too technical in explanation of the procedure that Mathew want to perform on Joy but enough information is given in general terms to create a clear picture of what Joy is up for. This shows that again the author has done her research on both the technologies the blind use to be able to not only read but also access simple everyday things that a sighted person takes for granted like the internet.
The author has set a very steady pace in both books especially this one for how things are set in place and what to expect. You never really know what is going to happen until it happens and some things you just don’t expect, like how Mathew takes down the villain.
In conclusion of both books
I found this series to be entertaining while at the same time just enough intrigue and suspense to want to keep reading more. The books are well written with evidence that the author took her time and did the research into the life of a sight impaired individual, not just the use of advanced technologies especially computer systems and the laser beam cane. But also, how a sight impaired person thinks, feel and is able to maintain an independent life which is structured and well balanced with a group of trusted friends. The books also look at the need for a sighted person to understand that a sight-impaired person is capable of being independent and without the need of support from another all the time.
There is also plenty of romance and passion in both books. The intimate sense in the books gives enough detail to create a clear picture in the reader’s mind without it being over the top erotica or boring.
This reviewer was set the task of reading and reviewing the first book. After finishing it I had to go and purchase the second book because I loved the first one that much, I stayed up all night just to read them.
I strongly recommend this series to any reader that loves a good romance with a touch or action and suspense and a brush with tragedy, betrayal along with pain.
Will be watching this Author to see what else she has in the future, looking forward to reading more of her work