Allison Leigh’s book, Fortune’s Secret Heir

Allison Leigh’s book, Fortune’s Secret Heir




Allison Leigh cookies (2)Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious holiday recipe of your choice to enjoy alongside the book with an image.

My favorite cookie, year-round, is pictured on one of my holiday cookie trays—Glazed Fudge Drops.  (The little round frosted chocolate cookies in the very front.)  I even used the recipe in a prior book.  It’s a frequent request from my family.  The combination of chocolate with a hint of almond…love it!

Cookie Recipe:

1 ¾ C sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ C sifted unsweetened cocoa
2 eggs
2/3 C vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp almond extract
1 C granulated sugar

Sift all the dry ingredients together and set aside.  In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly.  Stir in oil, extracts and sugar until thoroughly combined.  Mix in dry ingredients until smooth.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Drop by rounded teaspoonful, 2” apart, on ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes, remove to wire rack and cool partially before glazing.  (recipe follows)


2 C sifted confectioner’s sugar
2-3 TBSP milk
¼ C unsweetened cocoa
pinch salt
few drops almond extract

Mix all glaze ingredients until desired consistency.  Spread on slightly warm cookies.


Allison Leigh workspace (2)

  • List two books you’ve read more than three times.


The entire Harry Potter series.


  • Is anything in Fortune’s Secret Heir based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?


Purely imagination.  Well, no.  Actually, there is a scene where my heroine takes a city bus; I’ve done that.  Ha!


  • What are some of your favorite words and why?


Possibilities.  Why?  Because of all the possibilities!


  • You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inappropriate time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?


My brilliant mind (ha) tells me that I’ll remember that brilliant notion.  Of course, I promptly forget the details.  If I’m really feeling ambitious, I’ll stop what I’m doing and write it down, or (hard to believe I’ll admit this) I will phone myself and leave a voice mail message.


  • What do you do when you are not writing?


Think about writing.  I also have a full-time job outside of writing at a local non-profit working in the Finance department.  Very non-creative.  That ought to mean my mind is balanced between writing and that, shouldn’t it?  Hmmm….


  • Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?


New York City!

  • Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?


Love scenes can be a challenge, but not always.  Emotionally wrenching scenes can be exhausting, but not always.  The scenes that are the hardest to write are those where nothing important is going on.  Thus, the difficulty, and in all likelihood it means I need to go back and rework something so something important is happening.  When I’m at a dead end for some reason, it always means I’ve gone off course when I shouldn’t have.


  • How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?


Names are important to me, and sometimes you end up with a character’s name you never intended.  A secondary character, for instance, who later unexpectedly becomes a hero or heroine.  Names help me form that vision in my head of my character.  Sometimes I go hunting for that ‘perfect’ name, flipping through my various name resources.  Sometimes it just hits me.  I wake up one morning, and think, “Aha!  Well, of course, that’s the name.”


  • What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.


Frankly, I’m always surprised when someone has a question about one of my books.  My mind is a blank on this one!


  • What are you working on now? What is your next project?


Presently, I’m working on a synopsis for my next Men of the Double-C Ranch-related stories. That, and trying to get my Christmas gifts wrapped on time…