Wednesday, May 27, 2015

#ArmchairBEA: Introductions

Welcome to the 2015 Armchair BEA! I'm so glad you have joined me this year. This is my second year participating in the virtual conference. This year I will be participating in the blog, twitter and Instagram challenges. I'll also be hosting a giveaway on Saturday. You don't want to miss out on the fun.  During the Armchair BEA conference I will continue my normal posts but will also be posting posts related to the topic of the day. Here is the list of topics we are to post about:

Who is Allison Bruning?

That is such a loaded question. There's so much to tell. I'm a complicated person. LOL! 

Ok, so ArmchairBEA has given me a list of fourteen questions and I was instructed to chose only five to answer. All of the questions are really great. I had a hard time choosing one but finally, FINALLY, I have made a decision. LOL.

Question #1: Where are you from?

My husband and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana but neither of us are from here. I actually have two hometowns and states. My family, on my mom's side, were one of the first families to settle in Ohio. My ancestor was given land in Ohio as pension for fighting in the American Revolutionary War. My family came through the mountains, settled in Southern Ohio and eventually made their way north where they helped found Marion, Ohio. My mom's family never left the area. I was born in 1776, only two hundred years after my family fought in the war that gave them land in Ohio. You can kind of say I'm connected to Ohio. 

My other hometown is Alpine, Texas. My mom and I moved to Texas when I was sixteen years old. I graduated from Big Spring High School in Big Spring, Texas in 1994. After graduation I moved to Alpine, Texas where I attended Sul Ross State University. My mom moved to Alpine a year later. I lived in Alpine so long that many residents thought that I was from there. When I married my husband, who is from Marfa, no one knew that that I actually came from Ohio. Marfa and Alpine are high school rivals that lie only 30 minutes from each other. Both towns are located in the Big Bend Country of Texas. 

Question #2: What is your theme song?

Reach by Gloria Estefan. 

I am a goal oriented person with big dreams. I've struggled in life since the day I was born with obstacles that should have killed me. I'm a dreamer with a strong faith and a drive to make the world a better place. I'm always challenging myself to be better than I already am. 

Question #3: What is your favorite genre and why?

I absolutely love Historical Fiction! I'm obsessed with 18th century, especially the American Revolution Era. The 18th century was a time where many societal and mental changes occurred that eventually made us the world we are today.  I also like Victorian Era and turn of the century United States.  I have been writing historical fiction novels since 2008. I don't like to write stories that everyone had heard before. Instead, I look at a historical situation and wonder how the situation would have been viewed by someone whose story we rarely hear. For example, in my book Elsa the main character falls in love with a man who has Asperger's Syndrome. Thing is it's 1905 and nobody has ever heard of Asperger's before because it won't be discovered for another 30 or so years in Germany. So I wondered what was life like for someone with Aspergers when no one understood you and Ohio was in the middle of Eugenic laws?

Question #4: What book are you reading now?

I'm in the middle of reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Outlander is the first of nine books that follows the relationship between Claire and Jaime. Claire is a WWII nurse who finds herself in the middle of 18th century Scotland after she touches some stones in her time. She is discovered by her husband's ancestor, who turns out to be a very nasty man, and is rescued by Jaime. I learned about the books when I was on Facebook and everyone in one of the historical fiction groups was talking about the new series on STARZ. I decided since I love Scotland and 18th century that I would watch the series. I was hooked. I normally don't watch something before I read the books but this time I was hooked. I bought the first five books of the series and have been reading Outlander ever since. The books add a layer of depth to the series on STARZ. I would highly recommend reading the series.

Question #5: What is the top book in your TBR pile?
Another series I have been faithfully watching that is based on a book series is Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. This was another series of books I had never heard of before until some of my friends were talking about the series on HBO in comparison to the book series. 

I was so interested that I decided to binge on the complete series in order to catch up so I can watch season 4. I was captivated. During the break between season 4 and season 5 I was introduced to the Outlander series. I changed plans and started reading the Outlander books.


  1. Cool videos!! I love historical fiction as well. Can't wait to read Circling the Sun this summer. Glad to join you at Armchair BEA
    Ashley at Chronicles

    1. Hi Ashley. Thank you. What is your favorite time period to read about?

  2. Oh I'm starting Outlander next week! Jamie Fraser, woohoo!

    1. It's a great read. The series is so different from the books. You'll have to let me know what you liked best about Outlander.

  3. Love, love LOVE your introduction video. Great Post.
    Here's to a great Armchair BEA week!

    1. Thank you. Have a great week at Armchair BEA.

  4. Hi, Allison. Happy ABEA week. I loved your about me video. Great kick off post. I will see you around this week, I'm sure.

    1. Hi Suzi. Thank you. It's a pleasure to meet you at ArmchairBEA.

  5. I like how you made a video intro... very cool! Happy ABEA!