Allie Burton returns to the Lair!

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If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ve met my friend, Allie Burton. Allie is the author of young adult paranormal romances, including the Lost Daughters Of Atlantis series. Today Allie is here to tell us about writing an underwater series. Please help me welcome my friend, Allie Burton back to the Bandit Lair!

Reasons Why I Write In An Underwater World

1. I’ve always been fascinated with ocean life.

When I was younger I wanted to be a marine biologist. Of course, getting seasick ruled out that career. Still, I loved the ocean and lived in California for twenty years. I miss watching the waves hit the shore and the sun setting on the horizon. And I always wondered what it would be like to be able to breathe underwater.

2. I’ve always liked tales about Atlantis.

The myths, the powers, the gods and goddesses.  The legends of their historic fights intrigued. What would it be like for them to be alive today? Or their ancestors? Regular teens who aren’t so regular.

3. I’ve always loved ‘fish out of water’ stories.Atlantis Dark Tides final for Barnes and Noble

The Lost Daughters of Atlantis books are all fish out of water stories. Literally. All the heroines are thrust into new environments as they try to discover who they truly are. In Atlantis Riptide, Pearl knows she has powers but doesn’t know why. In Atlantis Red Tide, Coral thought she knew who she was but begins to doubt herself. In Atlantis Rising Tide, Maris isn’t even aware of her powers until the book begins. And in Atlantis Dark Tides, just released this week, Sky knows she’s a monster and needs to decide if she’s strong enough to change.

4. I enjoy an element of make believe.

I’m a writer. I enjoy making things up. But to be believable you need to base your ideas on reality. Atlantis isn’t real, but there have been so many stories about the lost continent that its part of our psyche. The powers I give my characters aren’t real, but they are a way of explaining real things like earthquakes and tsunamis. The oceans are real.

37777_Earth_104851965-thumb-598x436-66295. I believe I can use my books to teach people about the ocean without being preachy.

Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is water. Many species are endangered or extinct. Oceans are polluted and over-fishing is prevalent. By showing readers the beauty of the ocean I want to make them aware of this precious environment. Awareness is the first step to rescuing.

Do you gravitate to certain enviornments (underwater, outerspace, historical, specific countries or time periods, etc,) in books? Which ones and why?  

Allie will be giving away an ebook copy of her ebook boxed set to a commentor!

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  • flchen1 says:

    How lovely to meet you, Allie! I think my favorites vary depending on when you catch me 🙂 I do tend to like outer space (or on a spaceship) stories, and also enjoy the old West. I’ve read only a few water-locales and do enjoy those–Atlantis has such a mystique about it! Congratulations on the Lost Daughters of Atlantis series–these sound really good! I think we can all relate a little to feeling out of place, even if we don’t have quite as extreme a reason why 🙂

  • Amy Conley says:

    Congrats on the new release, Allie. Hmm mostly I am drawn to historical romance, but I’ll read almost anything except sxci-fi.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Allie

    This series really does sound wonderful as I enjoy the sea as well although I love all aspects of the books I read depending on the mood I am in they are all good and I get the best of all the worlds historical fantasy and contemporary 🙂

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Caren Crane says:

    Welcome back, Allie! I was fascinated by Atlantis stories when I was young. I think it was the mix of historical and magical elements that was so intriguing. I could never resist magic!

    I am particularly drawn to the woods and mountains. Not the ocean or beach. Not the plains. Not even the craggy, towering brown mountains out west. I love the worn down, old-as-Earth Appalachians and all their trees, valleys, rifts and crests. Something about the mountains really calls to me!

    • Allie Burton says:

      Caren – I live on the outskirts of the Rocky Mountains so I understand what you mean. Right now, they are a mixture of green and brown with white snow at the tops. It’s a beautiful and inspiring view! Allie

    • Hey Caren!

      I love the smokey smell of the Appalacias. And of course when I get a chance to tramp around there, I’m immediately thinking of my family and the history those mountains saw!

  • Diana Huffer says:

    I don’t have certain environments that I gravitate to. I read many different ones — it all depends on the book. I enjoy variety in my reads…

  • Allie Burton says:

    Thanks for hosting me today! Wow, some of you get up way early. I feel like a slacker waking up at 7:00 am. Allie

  • Minna says:

    I don’t really have certain environments I would like more than others. It depends on my mood and the book.

  • Hi Allie!

    LOL – I was thinking about that very thing this morning. I turned on the tv this morning for a little noise flipped through channels trying to find something I liked. No Godfather or gangster movies, no cheaply made and acted space stories, no stupid slapstick type films…all these stations and not a decent show amongst them. I settled on Sabrina – the one with Harrison Ford and realized that I really like contemporaries. I love historicals but I like good contemporaries as well. I like movies that make me laugh – not into the angst-driven dramas. I like smiling at the end.
    So that’s what I like. Thanks for letting me cement it into words.

    • Allie Burton says:

      Donna- Great cement! This really shows your thought process and how you understand why you like something. I’m a happy-ending-type too! Allie

    • Hey Donna!

      You know, they just don’t make romantic comedies like they used to. I don’t know if it’s the writing or the over use of bad jokes. I’d love for a good romantic comedy again.

  • bn100 says:

    No, don’t really care about settings

  • Debbie says:

    Sometimes it depends on my moods. As much as I loved the old Star Trek shows when I was younger, I’m not much into reading about outer space. I love anything around water, there’s something peaceful about it. I like reading about certain countries, I can’t really say why some interest me more than others. All in all, if the story is good enough, I’ll read it and give it a try.

    • Allie Burton says:

      Debbie – So true. A good story is a good story. I can definitely relate to stories based around ( or under) water. Allie

    • Too true, Debbie!

      When I was a kid and picked up my first Louis L’Amour book…I was desperate to read anything and mom wouldn’t take me to the library for days. OMG! I read every book the man wrote after that!!

  • Hi Allie! Hi Suz! Allie, congratulations on the boxed set! I absolutely hear you on the fascination with the ocean. I currently live within sound of the sea and I can walk to it in about five minutes. A dream come true. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time pretending I was a mermaid, when I wasn’t pretending to be a horse. Hmm, you know, maybe I should try that again. I remember both options made me very happy!

    • Allie Burton says:

      Anna – I’m jealous you live so close to the beach. Even when I lived in California I was at least a 30 minute drive to the ocean. Allie

    • I am officially jealous, Anna! FIVE minute walk to the ocean? Sigh.

      I’ve stayed in beach houses in the NC Outerbanks and along Florida’s Atlantic coast. All we had to do was walk out the door and down the boardwalk to the beach and ocean. I’d so love to do it again!!

  • Shannon says:

    Settings in fiction: I am a huge historical fan. I started with Regencies and then branched out to Georgian and Victorian. Some of my favorite authors have branched off into medieval, War of the Roses, and the Cromwellian eras.

    But I also read light fantasy (time travel, time slip, mages). From time-to-time, I dabble in science fiction (huge fan of Peter Hamilton most recently, Isaac Asimov and Heinlein when I was younger).

    Settings in real life: For day-to-day living, I like urban spaces–Washington, DC, London, NYC, Chicago, and Austin, TX because of the arts, culture, restaurants. (Yes, I do hate the traffic.) But to get away, I love the mountains and the sea. The only place where I can think of the mountains, sea, and urban area is Aden Yemen. I’ve been there and have no desire to live there with its poverty, heat, humidity, and lack of basic sanitation.

    • Allie Burton says:

      Shannon – Sounds like you have traveled quite a bit. I’m jealous! And you enjoy a variety of worlds which gives you more choices of books to read. Lovely! Allie

    • Shannon,

      I’m with you. Where ever I end up or I read about, I’d prefer basic sanitation…at least these days. Historically…I’d want the best available for the time! 🙂

  • Becke says:

    Allie,
    As a swimmer, I’ve wondered the same thing. What would it be like to just take a breath? Of course we would drown, but still that question is just beyond our reach.

    I think your premise with this line is compelling. Best of luck with it.

    My favorite landscape is the canyons. They beckon with their interesting wind and water sculptures. The only difference in the canyons and the ocean is the canyons aren’t covered by water.
    b

    • Allie Burton says:

      Becke – There was this cool show on TV several months ago, I can’t remember the name of it, but it showed what the ocean would look like without water – and it looked exactly like canyons. Allie

    • Becke,

      One of the road trips I’d love to confince the Jazzman to take with me would be out to Arizona to look at not only the Grand Canyon but the painted desert. Maybe someday.

  • Allie Burton says:

    I’m heading out to an event this evening, but will check in and comment when I get home. Allie

  • sandyg265 says:

    I like Sci-Fi so I read a lot of books set in outer space or other worlds. Setting a story on another planet makes it interesting to see what an author’s imagination comes up with.