Check out this author spotlight for Christiane Allison!
You can find all the links for where to find her furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Christiane Joy Allison is a multi-award-winning author, public speaker, and activist. In 2020, she published Infinitus, the first full-length novel of her dystopian cyberpunk novel series, The Infinitus Saga. The series is jam-packed with futuristic technology, tech-savvy rebels, and genetic animal-human hybrids known as chimeras. Central to the story is a disabled family, inspired by her own life-long battle with chronic illness, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). Sometimes she walks with a cane, sometimes she rides in a wheelchair, and sometimes she needs neither. Her disability is as unpredictable as her life.
Christiane’s husband was wrongfully convicted in 2015, launching her family into a more than decade-long struggle against injustice, and inspiring her award-winning children’s book series, Where is Uncle? Her book, Why Can’t Uncle Come Home?, the first picture book featuring children adjusting to the wrongful conviction of a loved one, won five Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. As an activist, Christiane battles for criminal justice and prison reform and aspires to give prisoner families a voice.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these (or more!) and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Cat or dog?
Leopard Geckos. Sadly, despite loving them, I’m allergic to all things fluffy or feathered. Leopard Geckos still rock some awesome personality though.
Hunter or gatherer?
Definitely both. I tend to do more fishing than hunting but I do a lot of it. I also live in the agricultural center of my state and have taken a stab at growing my own foods.
Ninjas or pirates?
Pirates. My family loves pirates so much, we actually have an annual holiday we celebrate around Christmas time that is entirely pirate-themed.
Plotter or pantser?
Pantser. I don’t and often cannot plan fiction stories in advance. If I didn’t see a scene independently, I usually don’t know what’s going on until I sit down and write it out. My characters often surprise me.
Standalone or series?
Series. My stories tend to be long, adventure-packed reads and I can never fit all the amazing plot elements into a single books. Plus, I love getting to see more of a character’s life than you glimpse in a single book.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
I love to read romance, but the stories never follow the characters far enough through life for me. That’s why, although it does not fit the romance genre, the romance in The Infinitus Saga will span across the entire series. I also love thrillers and suspense which I write heavily into my stories. If these elements are included, I’ll read anything in science fiction, dystopian, and fantasy. I’m also a sucker for stories with characters that have animal traits, like the human-animal hybrids known as chimeras, also in The Infinitus Saga.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I’m writing and publishing two very different kinds of books–a cyberpunk novel series called The Infinitus Saga, and the Where is Uncle? picture book series for kids impacted by the adverse childhood experience of the incarceration of a loved one.
The Infinitus Saga is a series of cyberpunk adventure novels following the Mallorey family’s struggle to survive in a world run by the Global Fellowship and their Global Reform Interface and Database (GRID) computer system. The Global Fellowship is the prelude novelette for the series. In it, after his parents’ sudden death, Arthur Mallorey, a severely disabled teenager living in the largest shirker camp in Central Continent, knows he has to find a way that he and his sister can survive. Battling pain and exhaustion, he looks for salvation in the very heart of the Community he was raised to fear.
The first main novel of the saga, Infinitus, Book 1, was just released in August 2020 and is my favorite book I have written so far.
Currently I’m writing the sequel to Infinitus. Spoiler Alert! Below is the teaser for Chimera Rising (Book 2 of The Infinitus Saga).
For three months the world has held its breath with no word of the Red Queen after her bombshell broadcast exposed the horrific Community exploitation and maltreatment of chimeras—human-animal hybrids born of the reemergence of Old World genetic experimentation. Word of their unexpected champion’s message spread like wildfire through the GRID and galvanized chimeras worldwide to unite against Global Fellowship control. Loyal chimeras spurn the Red Queen’s message and fight, in the name of their fallen comrade-in-arms, to safeguard their Community from the anarchy unleashed by her mind. As the Global Fellowship deploys scorched-earth tactics to eliminate her, an uneasy alliance forms between the traditional freedom fighters and the very Community operatives and assassins they have fought for so long.
Hector ‘Hawk’ Warrenson, former covert chimera operative, waits at the bedside of the woman he failed to protect. The Global Fellowship wants her dead. The rebels want to control her. He wants her free and safe. But is he already too late? As Hawk fears his deterioration into Obsessive Attachment Syndrome, he’s determined to find a way to protect her—no matter the cost.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
THE COMMUNITY NEEDS CONFORMITY.
THE SQUIDS ARE OUT TO DISMANTLE IT.
NOW BOTH WANT WHAT’S IN HER HEAD.
The Global Fellowship rescued the Earth from the chaos of hundreds of nations at war. Now, united in peace, all Community citizens have free access to food, housing, education, and medical care. In return, for a few hours a day, they contribute their brain power to the worldwide computer system known as the GRID. Those who don’t contribute are the disconnected, shirkers who live destitute and on the edge of starvation in a world where GRIDcoin is beyond their reach. Among them are the Mallorey’s who are forced to live outside the GRID to hide their genetic disability, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or risk being never seen or heard of again.
Infinitus is the saga of Gina Mallorey, a young freedom-loving tech dealer living in the Dregs on her own terms, hiding her disability from the Community. When an explosion forces her into the GRID, powerful forces make her a target. The Community operative sent after her hides a genetic secret of his own, but only time will tell if he’ll choose to be friend or foe.
You can purchase Infinitus online through Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08H2CJSKK or through Barnes and Noble or Allison Publishing.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
I love to observe how the world works in a social, systemic way. For The Infinitus Saga, much of my inspiration comes from looking at various aspects of society today (technology, independence, genetic experimentation, etc.) and pushing those aspects as far to the limit as I can see to create a take on the evolving global society. I also found inspiration through various science magazines, articles, and documentaries that came across my path as I was writing. Then I threaded my genetic illness, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), into a couple of main characters to allow the reader to explore the adventure from a body that’s not up to the challenge.
I have also written children’s books that have grown out of my family’s experiences, particularly the children’s experiences, with the injustice of the American justice system.
I also draw a lot of inspiration from music. I enjoy rap metal, hard and alternative rock, some pop music, and bands like STARSET and Les Friction. You can listen to the playlists of songs that inspired me for each book free through Spotify:
The Global Fellowship – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6LMddZgNXAYn9I2tjo6kK7?si=9562a34d8a8e453b
Chimera Rising (currently in development) – https://open.spotify.com/user/01yqv7nrcq5iy8u3gq1mkgarq/playlist/2ihCd6trOCtRPDxb0lgYpr?si=67ebca6703c547e8
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
In general, I’m practically allergic to routine, so there’s no set days or times that I typically write. For my process, I get a lot of inspiration for my scenes from music and emotions I’m experiencing in real life. If I’m experiencing a strong emotion that connects with a particular scene, I will often head straight to my computer and capture as much of it as I can within the story. Similarly, when I am driving, riding, or walking around my house listening to music, I will often see scenes and events from the story play out. Then I power up my computer and try to capture as much as I can of what I’ve seen.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?
I’m pretty happy with how my career as an author has progressed. Not everything has been perfect, but a lot of the decisions I question lead right to opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise had. In everything there is give and take.
If I were giving advice to any other young author, it would be to join a local writers group! I started out attending the annual conference for the Alaska Writers Guild almost by accident after a recommendation from a family member, and now I’m President of that organization. I’ve also been a member of the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the national Independent Book Publishers Association. These organizations have provided me with a wealth of information on the craft of writing, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and other important topics. They also provide a means of connecting with other writers and authors in your area, and networking with a group of support people who will help you through your writing journey.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!
Facebook – @ChristianeJoyAllison
Instagram – @ChristianeJoyAllison
Twitter – @cjallison7
LinkedIn – Christiane Joy Allison
Goodreads – Christiane Joy Allison (Author of Infinitus)
Amazon Author Page – Amazon Author Profile Christiane Joy Allison