Interview with Allison Kohn

What is your writing process?
I Research, write, re-write, proof, edit, wait till enough time has passed so I won't read into the page, and proof again, edit again, and so on. That's why there are so many editions to each book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My mother was reading "The Five Little Peppers And How They Grew" to us. When she went into the house for something, we were sitting under a tree in the yard, I picked up the book and tried to read it. Years later when I finally learned to read for myself, I learned with the Little House books. I felt like the characters were all friends and I loved them.I think that probably was the impetus for the story my little sister and I made up and acted out for the next dozen years - that and the stories about family members settling the west when it was untamed and wild.
How do you approach cover design?
I always tried to think of something that would express the content of the book. Recently a friend, Katie Mettner, made me realize it was better to make the covers in a series uniform; and she made the covers for me. She is a great friend and does a lovely job with the covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm glad you asked for five favorites because I love so many of the books I've read. I'll start with "Show me God" by Fred Heeren because it is full of honest science and directed toward God. The second would be "The Jesus Way" by Eugene Peterson, because it moves me spiritually and physically. The third is "Murder Most Amish" because it includes all of P. L. Gaus' murder mysteries and because I love mysteries. The forth would be one or all of Vikki Kestell's "Prairie Heritage" books because her characters are so lovable and real. The fifth is "Lady Justice and the Vet" because it is not only a mystery, but it is loaded with humor and lovable characters.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually a mystery, but all of my favorites were a pleasure to read, as are most science and psychology books and books like Being George Washington and Women Who Run With The Wolves.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Describe your desk
My desktop has my laptop and printer, a file drawers, pen holder, a printout of Smashwords' Style Guide, my Kindle, a water glass, and inhaler, and Kleenex. It's usually more cluttered but I cleaned it recently.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming when it was still a small town and full of history in the form of the second and third generations of the people who settled it. My grandmother was the first white child in the valley and she had a lot of old timer friends. She was sort of the leader of a particular group in the valley. The ranches hadn't been subdivided yet and if you wanted to get in or out of the valley in the winter, you had to follow the snowplow that plowed ahead of the mail truck. The valley was full of visible history that was a part of my growing up years.
When did you first start writing?
I have dyslexia and didn't learn to read or write till I was thirteen years old. That's when I started writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes. I originally wrote it for a class I was teaching adults about the book of Revelation. I got it out not long ago and read it, thought, "This needs to be published," and started revising it for publication.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an Indie author because it was a way to get published. The fact that I discovered any mainstream publisher not only didn't publish anyone who didn't have a reputation to help sell their work, but didn't do anything to help the author market their work made it a no brainer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I spent a lot of time wishing I knew how to do the things the Smashwords guide taught me to do. When I discovered I could publish on Smashwords and they had a guide to show me how, I was ecstatic. Hooray for Smashwords!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing myself is an important part of life, but when I write my ideas on paper and someone reads them and expresses pleasure, it fills my heart with joy.
What are you working on next?
Next I will start writing down the sixth book in the Baker Family saga. It has been telling me itself in my head when I am trying to sleep.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fred Heeren, Eugene Peterson, Christy Barritt, and Robert Thornhill.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
At an online book distributer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was a version of the Baker and Brook families. It was a mystery. I wrote it to entertain my cousins.
Published 2014-08-25.
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Books by This Author

In The Beginning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,200. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / Old Testament
This book is an exploration of the book of Genesis as a character study of our God, Yahweh; an introduction to the chosen people, the promises, and how Yahweh carried out his promises in spite of the fact that he was working with imperfect people.
Running The Race As A Winner, The First Three Months
You set the price! Words: 11,570. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations
This is a non-fiction book of instructions for a successful run with Yeshua/Jesus yoked to you and carrying the load. Each day's instructions has a short devotion and a prayer. The theme of the devotions is Hebrews 12.
Are The Stars Out Tonight?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A science fiction fantasy with a Christian theme. Judith believes her parents are still alive somewhere and wants to find them. A trip through our galaxy with Captain Largo opens her eyes to a lot of things . Will her life ever be the same?
Oh How I Love You!
You set the price! Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
A short, but informative guide for single Christian couples who want a romantic and loving relationship; or married Christians who would like to improve their marriage.
Dream Interpreper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,580. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
A novel based on the story of Joseph from the Bible, Dream Interpreter tells of Joseph's position as his father's overseer, his betrayal by his brothers, trek to Egypt in chains, his promotions in Egypt, and the romance of his life.
Birth Pangs, Not Death Throes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,900. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Commentary / New Testament
(5.00)
This is a conversation on the book of Revelation from the Bible. Its purpose is to show the Revelation as an impetus for worship and peace.
Banner of Love
Series: The Baker Family Saga, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,950. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
This is the fifth book in the Baker Family Saga. The Civil War takes over the lives of the family because four of the young adults are visiting their married cousin, Mary, when war breaks out. Two of them side with the South and two of them side with the North. That is a cause for trouble, especially when Linda is one of the company in Mary's home and. for that matter, in the battle field.
Deep Trouble
Series: The Baker Family Saga, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,480. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
This is the forth book in The Baker Family Saga. Alice, Donna, and Rose are old enough to get a little culture in the big city of San Francisco, California. But the kind of culture they find when they get there is not what they expected. California in the gold rush days, even the end of them, is no place for gently nurtured young ladies. Being drugged and kidnapped is only the beginning.
Angels, Eagles, and Fire
Series: The Baker Family Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,210. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Historical
This is the third book in the Baker Family Saga. There is danger around every corner. Richard runs into thieves on his way home. Linda and Pearl set a house on fire. Pearl meets a panther, and Alice, Donna, and Linda are the target of Chester Thomas.
Dianna's Source of Strength
Series: The Baker Family Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,890. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
This is the second book in The Baker Family Saga. Dianna has grown into a beautiful young lady with the attending consequences.Love and danger are now a part of her life and she needs strength to endure and triumph.
The Road West
Series: The Baker Family Saga, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,570. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical
(4.50)
This is the first book in the Baker family sage, previously published as Evelyn's Anxious Bench.Delores Ayotte says: Although this is a fictional novel, Author Allison Kohn does a great job of combining both fact and fiction to describe the extreme conditions of that era. "Evelyn's Anxious Bench" is an easy-to-read, Christian novel which is sure to attract a wide reading audience.