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.
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: March 18, 2013
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
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.
us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other
genres? If so, what are they?
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.
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
can we expect from you in the future?
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
do we find out about you and your books?
did you decide to write romance novels?
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?
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
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.
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.
is your writing routine once you start a book?
much the same. Put my butt in the chair and write.
do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
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.
about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are
there constant interruptions?
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
watch TV, go to movies, visit with friends, have really good food, and travel.
truly motivates you in general? In your writing?
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.
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.
you feel humor is important in fiction and why?
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
Do you find them difficult to write?
kind of research do you do?
Would you like to write a different genre than you
do now, or sub-genre?
genre I haven’t tackled that I really want to tackle is light paranormal.
does your husband/wife think of your writing?
wishes I earned enough from writing to make a living at it.
Do you ever ask him/her for advice?
sheets or Egyptian cotton? Yes.
or mountains? Both
but saving the best for last visit the mountains first and live near the ocean.
life or country life? Cottage
in the woods for me, but I have to be able to visit the city for my theater
heroes or average Joe? Hunky.
life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner for two.
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
of hero ~
of heroine ~
can your readers find you?
your favorite place to hang out online? Facebook
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.