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LocalLit author spotlight: Allie Rios of Joliet

Next week's short story is by Allision Rios of Joliet.
Next week's short story is by Allision Rios of Joliet.

LocalLit is a new short story newsletter that connects local authors with local readers. The newsletter kicked off in April. Each week a new short story by a local author is sent directly to subscribers email.

Next week's short story is by Allison Rios of Joliet. Recently Rios took a few minutes to provide some information via email to Herald-News features editor Denise M. Baran-Unland.

Baran-Unland: Tell us a bit about your writing background.

Rios: I have always loved writing. When I was younger, I dreamt about being a journalist, but eventually that transformed into a dream of writing novels.

Baran-Unland: What types of stories do you like to write?

Rios: I mostly write romance, but I also like to challenge myself and try out other genres. I've written a couple suspense manuscripts that I'm in the process of editing.

Baran-Unland: Give a one-line summary about your featured short story.

Rios: While Mom was dying of brain cancer, we looked through bridal magazines because she'd never see my wedding and it made me reminisce on another special time we'd had together.

Baran-Unland: Have you published any books and/or are you working on one now?

Rios: Yes, I've published three books, and another will be available next month. The Touch, The Vengeance, Goodbyes Before You're Gone, and next is Fifteen Years.

Baran-Unland: Where can people find more information about you?



Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story by a local author to the newsletter's subscribers.

Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Stories should be edited and between 1,000 words and 7,500 words.

In addition, featured authors will be spotlighted in publications before the newsletter runs so readers have time to sign up.

To submit and for more information, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or

To sign up for the LocalLit newsletter and read Rios' story, visit

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