Dark Visions, a collection of 34 horror stories by 27 different authors, launched on Monday, 15 October.
Dark Visions achieved the lofty heights of Number 1 bestseller in its genre within a week which is a testimony to the quality of the stories and talent of the contributing writers, one of which is Allison Maruska, a best selling Amazon author in her own right.
Michael and I invited Allison over to ask her a few questions about her books and writing process.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a wife, mom, and teacher. I started “officially” writing in 2012 with my humor blog. Since then, I’ve published six novels, one of which did well enough that I could quit my day job for a year and a half.
That is a wonderful achievement. Allison, and one many of us would love to emulate.
You recently released the last book in your trilogy, Project Renovatio. Did you plan all three books upfront or did the story evolve as you wrote it?
I didn’t plan on it being a trilogy when I started, but as the story developed I realized there were three arcs, so I decided to put them into separate books. It took about six months to write all three. Project Liberatio was the fastest book I’ve written; I finished it in three weeks. But much more time was spent in editing. 😉
Three books in three months is fantastic. I have read all three of these books and really enjoyed the series.
Your book The Fourth Descendant is available in a number of languages, including Afrikaans. How did you come to have this particular book translated into so many languages?
I posted it on Babelcube and accepted any translation offer that came in. It’s the one that took off in sales, and I think having all those translations has helped.
For my South African readers, you can purchase The Fourth Descendant in Afrikaans on Amazon US (see links below).
You are also a mother and have a day job. How do you split up your time to manage all areas of your life?
My day job is part-time, thankfully. I get most of my writing done while my kids are at Taekwondo practice. They’re almost black belts now so they normally practice 5-6 days per week. I wrote enough of The Seventh Seed at Starbucks during their practices that I gifted two copies to the baristas, who knew me by name and favorite order by then.
That is great use of your time. I used to write while Michael was at karate practice.
Thank you, Allison, for visiting us here.
An extract from The Stranger by Allison Maruska
The Stranger is one of the short stories by Allison Maruska included in Dark Visions
“I follow and sit next to her. “Can I ask what you mean, that he was gone?”
“He disappeared when your dad was a baby. I remember it very clearly because your grandmother had to console her crying baby at the same time she consoled me.” She laughs a little as moisture pools in her eyes. “The police found him about a year later.”
I swallow past the lump in my throat. “Found him?”
She nods slowly. “He’d been murdered, I’m afraid. Stabbed and tossed into the lake. They never found who was responsible.”
My face falls, regretting making her relive such old pain. “I’m so sorry. Would you like me to sit with you?”
“That would be nice, dear. Thank you.”
As the service begins, my eyes go to the photographs again. The beach picture was the oldest. If her husband was already gone by then – or near then, if her memory wasn’t quote accurate – how was he in all the later ones?”
About Allison Maruska
Allison is a YA and mystery/suspense author, blogger, teacher, mom, wife, coffee and wine consumer, and owl enthusiast. Her blog includes humor posts, short stories, and posts on writing strategy, parenting, and teaching.
You can find Allison Maruska and her books on Amazon US here: https://www.amazon.com/Allison-Maruska/e/B00RAS3NFE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1540267667&sr=1-2-ent
You can follow Allison on her blog: https://allisonmaruska.com/welcome/
About Dark Visions
From the creators of the #1 bestseller The Box Under The Bed horror anthology comes Dark Visions, 34 horror stories from 27 authors. Tag along on a con man’s New Orleans vacation where he gets more than he bargained for from a mysterious voodoo shop. A collection of family photos reveals an eerie secret about a beloved grandmother’s true nature. A child’s horrifying memories haunt her into adulthood. A new camp counselor learns that the camp has secrets she might not live to reveal. Edited and compiled by Amazon bestselling author Dan Alatorre, this anthology of horror brings together the minds and pens of more than two dozen amazing authors. Dark Visions will take you into the realm of the eerie and macabre, with thrills and chills from: bestselling author Dan Alatorre (The Navigators) bestselling author Jenifer Ruff (Everett), bestselling author Allison Maruska (The Fourth Descendant), bestselling author J. A. Allen, award-winning author MD Walker, award-winning author Juliet Nubel, award-winning author Dabney Farmer, award-winning author Sharon E. Cathcart, award-winning author Heather Kindt, award-winning author Bonnie Lyons, award-winning author Sharon Connell, award-winning author Geoff LePard, award-winning author Anne Marie Andrus, award-winning author Christine Valentor, award-winning author BA Helberg, Ernesto San Giacomo, Alana Turner, Nick Vossen, award-winning author Robbie Cheadle, Betty Valentine, award-winning author Frank Parker, award-winning author Bonnie Lyons, award-winning author Lori Micken, Chuck Jackson, Ellen Best, Victoria Clapton, Perfect for Halloween or any time, these stories will make you think twice before spending the night alone, planting a tree in your garden, or even visiting your mother. Consider yourselves warned. NOTE: American and British spelling inside. Of the 34 stories contained in this anthology, almost all are not part of any larger work. Many of these stories are from new authors being published for first time, and this is their sole published work.
Purchase Dark Visions
Some other books by Allison Maruska
You can read my review of Project Ancora, the last book in the Project Renovatio series, here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/bookreview-project-ancora-by-allison-maruska/