Unlocking Worlds by Sally Allen | Author Interview + Book Spotlight + Giveaway

Today it is my privilege to welcome Sally Allen to my blog. An interview with Sally follows below, together with a book spotlight on Sally’s new book, Unlocking Worlds, and everyone’s favorite a giveaway.

Please join me in welcoming Sally Allen!


Sally Allen, Author of Unlocking WorldsAn Interview with Sally Allen,
Author of Unlocking Worlds

Q: In today’s tech-savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper

A: When I think of great authors from the past who wrote incredibly lengthy and complex stories in longhand, I’m in awe of them. I can’t imagine being without my computer, but I do a lot of brainstorming by hand. Writing longhand forces me to slow down, which can be good when I’m trying to think through a problem. It also feels less distracting than working on a computer, which tempts me to stray from my writing and plunge down the Internet rabbit hole.

Q: What is your writing schedule?

A: I wish I could say it’s highly structured, but it’s not nearly as much as I’d like it to be. I try to write first thing in the morning and then again at night. Writing at opposite ends of the day tends to be most productive for me because it’s when I’m least distracted.

Q: What advice would you give budding writers?

A: Read great books, and write a little bit every day, even (or especially) when you least feel like writing.

Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island, which three books would you want with you?

A: Believe it or not, I think about this question quite often! Whenever I read a truly excellent book, I think, Oh! I would absolutely need this one if I were stranded on an island. That said, the list could be different a year (or month) from now. My frontrunners at the moment are as follows:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: It’s such a kind book, and so funny, with wonderful characters and an absorbing world I’d happily return to again and again.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling: When I’m between books and feeling lost about what to read next, I often find myself rereading selected chapters from this novel. I believe it would be wonderful company on a deserted island.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith: This novel is terrifyingly brilliant – insightful, hilarious, thought-provoking, moving. Come to think of it, I might enjoy being stranded on a deserted island if it meant endless days to pore over the story and get reacquainted with its characters.

Q: If you could go back in time, where would you go?

A: Hard as it is to pick just one time and place to visit, I would have to say Victorian London. I’ve read and enjoyed so many novels written in or set during that time that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience it for myself. I’m not sure I’d want to live there forever, though!

Sally, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. A great deal can be learned about the authors we enjoy with a simple Q&A.


Book SpotlightUnlocking Worlds by Sally AllenSynopsis:

Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen knows that good books don’t just draw us in; they talk to us, shape us, and transport us to times, places, and minds different from our own.

In Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, Allen deftly weaves personal stories with fifteen thematized, annotated, and illustrated reading lists for what to read next. By sharing some of the treasures in her library and the secret lives they reveal, she gives us permission to embrace the shameless book lover inside each of us. Unlocking Worlds is a testament to how reading passionately—and compassionately—can unlock the world beyond our back yard. Celebrating books and those who read them, Allen shows how the solitary act of reading can be a powerful thread that creates community and connection. Thought-provoking and eloquent, Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers is a must-have for anyone who can’t leave the house without a book in hand.


iRead Book Tours logoBook Details:
  Unlocking Worlds

Author: Sally Allen
Genre: Nonfiction | Books | Books and Reading
Publisher: Griffins Wharf
Release Date: September 2, 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN13: 978-0983644613
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More about the Author:

Award winning writer and teacher Sally Allen holds a Ph.D. from New York University in English Education, with an emphasis in writing and rhetoric, and a M.A. in English Language and Literature. She teaches writing, literature, and communications, leads book group discussions, and is the founder and editor of Books, Ink at HamletHub.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter

Buy the book:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble

Future Tour Dates: Check out the rest of this blog tour by following this link.




5 winners will each get a copy of Unlocking Worlds and
a copy of 
Book Life: A Book Lover’s Journal

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5 thoughts on “Unlocking Worlds by Sally Allen | Author Interview + Book Spotlight + Giveaway

    1. Sally, thank you for your kind words. I wish I had had the time to review your book but my schedule here and on my own manuscript precluded that choice. However, I’ve ordered Unlocking Worlds and look forward to its arrival and a leisurely read over the holidays.


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