Mar 20, 2013

One Moment’s Pleasure Interview @RueAllyn #mfrworg


Today we have author Rue Allyn to tell us all about her new book, One Moment’s Pleasure.



One Moment's Pleasure.

Blurb or Log Line: One Moment’s Pleasure Becomes A Lifetime Of Love.
Buy Link: Amazon
Price: $3.99 USD
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance Publishing
Release Date: March 18, 2013

One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister.  Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss. 

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?

One Moment’s Pleasure is my first western historical romance and the first book in my Wildfire Love series coming from Crimson Romance Publishing. In addition to being a heart melting romance and a whooping good adventure, One Moment’s Pleasure is a story of persistence winning out over adversity. Dutch and Edith are two of the most persistent (each would say the other is stubborn) people I’ve ever met. Edith will let nothing—not even falling in love—stand in the way of finding and rescuing her sister, Kiera who disappeared from a San Francisco bordello. (You’ll have to wait for Wildfire Love Book #2, One Night’s Desire, to meet Kiera. Dutch has rescued himself and his brother from the San Francisco flesh pots and has become a respected businessman. He will let nothing—not even love for the wrong woman—drag him back to the gutters of his youth. This couple shares some admirable character traits, strength of character, determination and devotion to family.  However these very traits may keep this couple apart.

One Moment’s Pleasure is also a testament to my determination as an author. The original concept for the story is over ten years old, and while that concept has been revised many times during the intervening years the core idea is still present. I recently wrote an article at http://lisapietsch.com/ about One Moment’s Pleasure’s journey to publication. The article is an eye-opener for readers and new authors.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m very happy to announce that a few weeks ago, Crimson Romance Publishing offered to publish the remaining two Wildfire Love books. Book 2, One Night’s Desire will be available in July or August 2013. I do not yet have a release date for One Day’s Loving, book # 3 in the series, but Crimson Romance’s publication schedule is fairly quick. I don’t think readers will have to wait too long. In addition to the Wildfire Love books, I’ll be publishing a contemporary romance with The Wild Rose Press later in the year. Fans of my erotic romances won’t be left out. Hazard Duty, Sexy Sailors # 2 is due out in July 2013 from Red Sage Publishing and a third Sexy Sailors book is in the planning stages.

How do we find out about you and your books?

The best place to find information about me and my books is my website, http://RueAllyn.com. You can also find information at my publisher’s sites http://www.crimsonromance.com/, and http://eredsage.com/store/ALLYN_RUE.html.

Why did you decide to write romance novels?

Partly because I love them. I’ve been reading romance novels for longer than the present day idea of a romance novel has existed. I toyed with the idea of writing a romance novel for decades. The tipping point came the day I turned in my doctoral dissertation. I had much more fun reading books than studying them. I figured I’d have more fun writing an actual story than I did writing a book about stories. I was right. I am having more fun.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Some of my personality shows up in my characters. I tend to talk and think in parenthetical phrases. Check out my description above of One Moment’s Pleasure for examples. Thoughts pile up so fast that if I don’t interrupt myself to state them I’ll lose them. I have to work really hard at not allowing my characters to start commenting on what they’re saying and doing. Some of that is okay, but an entire book would be exhausting. All of my life experiences (outside the bedroom and my immediate family) are fodder for my books, but I have never lived any experience like those I describe in any of my books. I use experience as I use research, to make a book plausible. I’m not writing biography. I’m writing fiction that has to be ‘real’ enough to be believed or it will not be entertaining.

When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I finished my dissertation and received my degree in 1996. I probably submitted my first ms (I shudder at the thought of that disaster) in 1997, by 2000, I had published my first book with a royalty paying publisher.

Generally, how long does it take you to write a book?

From the first letter on the first draft to the last letter on the manuscript that I’ll submit to a publisher approximately three months. I can do it in less time, but three months is my preferred pace. This amount of time may vary depending on the length of a book. 25,000 words takes less time than 150,000 words.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?

I try to spend eight hours a day in writing or writing related activities. When that eight hours happens can change with a variety of factors.

What is your writing routine once you start a book?

Pretty much the same. Put my butt in the chair and write.

Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?

In theory the writing starts with the concept. As I pointed out with One Moment’s Pleasure, that concept can spring to life years, even decades, before the actual words start appearing in any way that makes sense. Between the concept and the finished products a recursive process occurs. (Recursive because the process repeats in a fashion that appears to—but doesn’t really—curve back upon itself.) The steps in this process are the same for every author. Yet those steps usually occur in a different order or fashion for every author. Those steps are Concept, Brainstorming, Researching, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Proofing, and for some authors Publishing. Any one of these activities can re-occur and almost any point in the process. I’ve given a rather long answer to a question that looks to be simple. The short answer is that I begin writing with the idea.

What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

My children are grown and no longer live at home, and my husband is very well trained. Of course, I don’t interrupt him when he’s running bandsaws, planners and other dangerous noisy equipment in his woodshop. Not a good analogy you think? I disagree, if you don’t think the murders, kidnappings, emotionally charged encounters, corporate take overs, and even the passion of love-making isn’t dangerous—well, I suspect you don’t read romance.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

Read, watch TV, go to movies, visit with friends, have really good food, and travel.

What truly motivates you in general? In your writing?

I’m like any reader. I want to find out what happens. Yes, I know the story ends ‘happily ever after.’ I want to know how these two characters are going to get there, especially if they are the most unlikely couple to begin with.

How do you come up with ideas?

I almost never know how to answer this question. I don’t ‘come up’ with ideas. The ideas are just there waiting for me to see them. So look around you. Everything you see, taste, touch, hear, and smell has some sort of story attached to it. Take a look at an apple and say, ‘What if this apple were magically poisoned and….’ or ‘What if this apple were the only home one cute little worm had ever known….’ Or What if Adam refused to eat it. . .  I could go on forever, but hopefully you get the point. Notice also that all of those examples start with “what if.” There are other questions that can start the thinking process, but ‘what if’ is my personal favorite.

Do you feel humor is important in fiction and why?

Humor is vital in life. Fiction and life are reflections of one another. Yes, fiction is important. To put it baldly, without humor a story is implausible because it isn’t lifelike.

Do you find them difficult to write?

Sometimes.

What kind of research do you do?

All sorts.

Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?

The only genre I haven’t tackled that I really want to tackle is light paranormal.

What does your husband/wife think of your writing?

My spouse wishes I earned enough from writing to make a living at it.

Do you ever ask him/her for advice?

Sometimes.

Easy Answers

Leather or lace? Yes.
Black or red? Red. I
Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton? Yes.
Ocean or mountains? Both but saving the best for last visit the mountains first and live near the ocean.
City life or country life? Cottage in the woods for me, but I have to be able to visit the city for my theater fix.
Hunky heroes or average Joe? Hunky.
Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner for two.
Dogs or cats? “Cats rule; dogs drool.”

Fill in your blank favorites.

Dessert ~ Really good crème brulee
City ~ Vancouver British Columbia, New Orleans, San Francisco in that order
Season ~ Late spring into early summer
Type of hero ~ Alpha please.
Type of heroine ~ Alpha please.

Where can your readers find you?

FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rue-Allyn/220219031338619
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/RueAllyn
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5031290.Rue_Allyn
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/RueAllyn
Blog:  http://rueallynauthorblog.com/

Where’s your favorite place to hang out online? Facebook


Author of historical and erotic romances, I fell in love with happily ever after the day I heard my first story. (Yes, I was a precocious little brat who read at the age of two, but I could hear much earlier than that.) I studied literature for far too many years before discovering that writing stories was much more fun than analyzing them. Heck, as an author, I get to read the story before anyone else. I am happily married to my sweetheart of many, many years. My husband and I share the home of two cats, who condescend to allow me to feed them and clean their litter box. (The cats only tolerate my husband's assistance when I am not available.)They occasionally permit me to pet them but demand my love and attention as their right. (Funny, my husband demands the same. Could I be married to my cats? Does that make me a trigamist?) Regardless of my specific relationship status with our cats, I am in awe of their feline ability to dominate with half a glance or a mere twitch of tail. Insatiably curious, an avid reader and traveler, I love to hear from readers about your favorite books and real life adventures. Crazy Cat stories are especially welcome. You can send me your words of wisdom . . . Don't shake your head at me; all words are wise in one context or another. You can trust me on this; I'm an author. As I was saying, you can send your words of wisdom, humor, and friendship to me at contact@RueAllyn.com. Can't wait to hear from you.

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