7 Questions, 3 Tips with Author Allison Winn Scotch.
Allison Winn Scotch says in the author bio on her site:
“I was born in the ’70s at 3:43 AM in Charlottesville, VA. After my mother assured my father that yes, he could take that business trip to Montreal because, no, there was no chance that I would be making my appearance while he was gone, out I popped. Which my parents now like to use as a frequent analogy about my general attitude and overall take on life.”
The more official version of Allison’s author bio is that she was a freelance magazine writer for several years before turning to novel writing. She is now a New York Times Best-Selling Author, and her new novel, The Song Remains the Same joins her impressive collection of other titles The One that I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost & Found.
Let’s find out more about the author behind the pretty smile in our regular feature, 7 Quick Fire Questions, 3 Tips!
7 Quick Fire Questions
1. A nickname, past or present!
Winnie The Pooh. Or AliWinn – all one word.
2. 3 staples in your fridge
Yogurt (for my kids), parmesan cheese, milk (I’m a cereal junkie).
3. Vacation or Staycation?
Vacation! We travel a lot, and it’s probably our favorite thing to do together as a family. I hate flying, but I love getting there.
4. Celeb crush?
Too many to answer just one. Taylor Kitsch and Timothy Olyphant come to mind though.
5. Last movie you watched?
6. Favorite place on earth?
Paris. Or Anguilla. Or next to my kids in bed when they are sleeping.
7. Cats, dogs or neither?
Dogs. Always. Forever. As many as possible.
3 Expert Tips: 3 Tips for Finding Real Everyday Happiness
1. Be okay with failure.
It’s totally counterintuitive, but I think that part of embracing happiness is also embracing the fact that you won’t ALWAYS be happy or get what you want. Once you accept that this is part of life, those set-backs aren’t particularly debilitating. They’re just obstacles toward the next step.
2. Take time for yourself.
Every day. (And if not every day, then every week.) Literally schedule this in. Take a 15-minute walk where no one is bothering you. Put away your email when you workout. Give yourself permission to read trashy magazines in bed instead of a novel. Whatever you enjoy – it’s for you, and there are no apologies for it. I do this every day (a combination of the tips above), and I KNOW that it affects my mental health for the better.
3. Don’t take things too seriously.
Easier said than done (of course!), but honestly, perspective is so important when it comes to happiness. Just today, I was thinking about something that had gone awry that my husband was really annoyed about. And I was like, “Eh, so what? In a week, this is totally not going to matter.” Part of that is personality-driven, but some of that is approach, too, I think: decide how much energy you want to expend on small crises that in the scheme of things, really have no impact on your life. And then don’t give them any more energy than they deserve when these crises present themselves.
The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch
Imagine you wake up one morning with no memories, unable to recall any details of your previous life. Without memories, who would you be? Given a fresh start, would you choose to be the same person as before…or would you grab the chance to reinvent yourself, free from the constraints of the past? New York Times-bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch deftly probes these questions and much more in The Song Remains the Same and delivers another thought provoking and eminently satisfying novel that explores complex cross-generational relationships. Find out more about the book and Allison at http://www.allisonwinn.com/
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