Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch

Welcome to Author Alison Winn Scotch

Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of Time of My Life. A former freelance magazine writer, she has written for Glamour, Parents, and Men’s Health, and has a robust online presence with more than 14,000 Twitter followers. She lives in New York City.



What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peanut butter chocolate. Or cookie dough. Or peanut butter chocolate cookie dough. Or anything involving peanut butter, chocolate and cookie dough.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Cereal. Only cereal. I actually don’t even like eating brunch because I love cereal so much that I have no interest in eating anything other than that first thing in the morning. I mix together about five different cereals (it’s really an artform), starting with chunky squares like Puffins or Quaker Oatmeal Squares and working up to smaller flakes like Honey Bunches O Oats. And then I sprinkle a few pieces of sugar cereal on top, like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It’s perfection.

Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl. I swear, if I didn’t have children, I’d keep vampire hours. But I do, and as such, I’m exhausted because I stay up too late and cannot get myself together when the alarm goes off. I’ve been this way since high school and even switched my major in college because too many of the required classes for my original major met at 9AM. I just. Cannot. Deal.

Pet Peeves?

Sloppiness. Laziness. People who don’t take responsibility for themselves. People who are rude to waiters. Parents who don’t teach their kids to be nice.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms, fool!!! (Oh, which reminds me. I also enjoy ice cream with M&Ms.)

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it is the best thing I’ve ever written, and that means (I hope) that it is timely, intimate, powerful, funny, thought-provoking, compelling, moving and a slew of other adjectives that I could share, but I won’t out of fear of sounding like a total narcissist. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Getting emails from readers who share that my book changed something fundamental in their lives. For Time of My Life, I got a lot of emails from women who took a second look at their marriages or relationships. For The One That I Want, I got emails from people who had settled for something they didn’t want to settle for. One woman sent me a note that the book inspired her to go back to college in her mid-50s and finally achieve her dream of getting her degree. When you get an email like that…well, you can’t quantify the gratification. It’s so rewarding, and humbling, and wonderful.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read. A lot. You’ll see how you can raise the bar of your own work by learning from others. Also, take your ego out of the equation and never stop trying to get better. I’ve written four books, and honestly, I’m still learning. I think it’s really easy to say, “Oh, well, I’m good at this now,” or “This manuscript doesn’t need further revisions,” but when you fall into that sort of mentality, I think you also fall short. Constructive criticism is so important if you’re going to get better and/or get published. Embrace those critiques and learn from them. 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Paris! We took our kids there last summer, and my husband said he’d never seen me happier. I really do love it, and my french is decent enough from my high school and college classes that I can get around. (And get into an argument with an angry french taxi driver. Yup, that happened.)

What is your favorite Quote?
“If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” – Emile Zola

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Definitely. I imagine that I leave little pieces of myself in all of them. The only one I’ve ever found difficult to relate to was Tilly, who was the heroine in The One That I Want. But in Natalie, in Jillian, and in Nell (the heroine in THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME), certainly, I must sprinkle parts of my personality – my stubbornness, my independence, my quest for balance and happiness and the constant journey of self-discovery. I’d think it would be really difficult to write a character if you didn’t relate to him or her on some level. That said, the one big difference is that nearly all of these heroines have strained relationships with their parents. I feel so sorry for mine: mine are wonderful and I’m very close with them, and I’m sure that people read my books and think that I’ve been in therapy for years thanks to them. 🙂

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

The Hunger Games. Does everyone say that? I’ll tell you what: I put off reading that book forever because I didn’t think it was up my alley, but I finally caved and read it in a day. I then read Catching Fire in a day. I then read Mockingjay in two days. Hands down, I think it was my favorite book that I read last year, and I cannot WAIT for the movie! I keep staring at pictures of Katniss/Jennifer Lawrence online in anticipation. Total girl crush!

How do you react to a bad review?
I’m sure there are stages of grief for a terrible review. I go through them, certainly. Usually, it’s disbelief, then anger, then shock, then rereading it ten times to be sure that I read it correctly, then indigence, then laughter, and finally, I settle on total ignorance. This all happens in the span of about an hour. By the next day, I’ve honestly blocked it out. I’m very good at compartmentalizing, so I sort of tuck it away and try not to think of it again. Eventually, I don’t.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Celebrity gossip. I hate myself for reading it, but don’t hate myself enough to stop. 

The Song Remains the Same

One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the horrific experience-or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind, with the help of family and friends, who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .
It isn’t long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end, she will discover that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself-and to finding happiness.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of The Song Remains the Same
Open to US & Canada
Ends 5/10/12

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