Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Author Allison Winn Scotch gives a nod to Steven King

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Allison Winn Scotch

Scotch, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of several novels. Her newest, Between Me and You, set in Los Angeles, is the story of Ben and Tatum, a couple whose marriage is unraveling, due perhaps to ambition. When we caught up with Scotch recently by phone, she reflected on the value of a good read. "Reading is such a good way to relieve stress. Time slows down, and right now actually I’m reading more than ever. It’s important to turn off from so much news, log off the computer and, in a good way, for a moment, disassociate from everything by going into a book.’’

What is on your nightstand?

I just finished the thriller The Perfect Mother. Kerry Washington is turning it into the movie. I also have two others to read, The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce and then a second new thriller, The Woman in the Window (by A.J. Finn).

Since you finished The Perfect Mother, can you tell us how you liked it?

I thought it was good. There was a twist that I did not see at all, and I think that’s really hard to pull off. When you are reading as an author, you are always trying to be two or three steps ahead of the book’s author, and she totally pulls the wool over my eyes. But I knew something was coming. Everything couldn’t be as it appeared. You know since you are reading a thriller something is going to happen.

Have you always been into thrillers, even though that hasn’t been the genre you write?

Actually, I was a huge Stephen King fan. I remember as a 12-year-old reading Firestarter and It and having his voice in my head. I even started to think in the tone of his voice. His work is so absorbing. I honestly think as a writer, Stephen King was the first time I understood voice. He has such a brilliant voice regardless of what character he is constructing.

Do you remember what your favorite King book was?

Although I haven’t read this in a while, I loved The Stand. I read it several times. It is epic. And again, his characterization and voice that he brings out, it is incredible. Talk about losing yourself in a story. You pick up a Stephen King book and you are there with him immediately.

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