Allison Wells is a Southern wife, mother, and writer. She became a Christian at the age of sixteen. She’s a graduate of Clemson University and she still lives close enough to hear football games on Saturdays. She love to read, hates the snow, prefers the mountains to the beach, loves the color turquoise and she will belt out any 80s song from the top of her lungs. Allison’s motto is “Life is short, eat the Oreos.” She thanks the Lord for her husband and four children daily.
How or why did you become a writer?
- It was definitely a calling to become a writer. I wrote my first book – in pencil – when I was twelve. It was a murder mystery. I majored in journalism in college and wrote for a newspaper out of college. I hated the constant barrage of bad news. So I began writing fiction a way to write something encouraging. I wrote four books before any of them were published. Three of those four have now been put into print, and the fourth will come out next year!
Why do you write Christian Fiction?
- I write Christian fiction because I want to show redemption. I want to bring encouragement. I call my writing “gritty Christian,” because it’s not a Hallmark movie with little to no conflict. It’s very much true to life. Being a Christian doesn’t mean life is all roses, but it does mean we have Christ to lean on when life becomes thorny.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
- Something interesting about me? Um, I have four children, three cats, two turtles, and one dog. And one husband. And I was born on Christmas Day!
Tell us a little about your books.
- So far, all my books are historical in nature, but all take place in the twentieth century. One takes place parallel to WWI (Bell of the Night), though the war is not mentioned. One during WWII (War-Torn Heart), and a third during the sixties (When Waves Break). In each, my heroines face hardship and opposition from a powerful adversary. War, racism, bondage, even abuse. But overall they carry stories of redemption, of God’s unfailing love, and the promise that weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.
Tell us a little about your current book.
- Bell of the Night is the story of Bluebell, a young woman who was forced to work in a brothel in New Orleans. She meets an optimistic preacher named Teddy who thinks all brothel workers do so willingly and is appalled to find that is not the case. He falls for Bell, but she would rather see her friends saved from their life than save herself. Can they follow God’s plan and still find each other in the end?
Why do you consider this book a modern-day parable?
- If this were a parable, I think Christ would be teaching that no sin makes somebody too far gone for salvation. Every person is capable of redemption and that their life can be completely and utterly transformed by accepting the free gifts of love and salvation that God offers us all.
Thanks so much, Allison, for being a guest on Modern Day Parables. By the way my nephew graduated from Clemson as well and is a HUGE fan of their teams. Go Tigers! (I think that’s right.)