Romance Lives Forever, RLFBlog, Kayelle Allen, Romance, Authors
Do you remember what book or story you were writing when 9/11 occurred? Were you published then? Did the events of that day shape what you wrote later?
I was working at home then, and was alone that day. My son called me from his work and said a plane had hit the Twin Towers. I remember asking him if it was foggy. It never occurred to me that this could possibly be something done on purpose. At that point, I didn’t turn on the TV because I had work to do and couldn’t deal with the distraction. He called me not long afterward and said another plane had hit the other tower. Again, my thought was that something screwy was up with radar, or there was some kind of glitch in navigation. Even that aliens were involved. Hey — I write science fiction, you know? Still could not fathom that anyone in their right mind would do such a horrible thing on purpose.
I wasn’t published until three years later. It took losing my job after 9/11 for me to realize I had to grab control of my life and steer it in the direction I wanted it to go. 9/11 didn’t directly influence me to write. I’d always wanted to do that. But being one of thousands laid off from a company did make me reconsider my priorities. My next job brought me in touch with a literary agent who was getting out of the business. Through her influence, I set about redirecting my goals. Seven books later, here I am.
Share your story as we remember 9/11/2001.
This is the second of a series of medieval romances involving the ab Brynn Ffrydd family. The first book, “Heartsong” was Rhianna’s story. She’s the only girl in a family of six. Arthur is the youngest in the family. I’m working on “Windsong” now, the second oldest brother. Meet Arthur and his wife, Laren.
How about a peek at your booklist?
Delicious Darkness – Paranormal – The Wild Rose Press
The Cougar Meets Her Master – Contemporary BDSM – The Wild Rose Press
Hot Blooded – Vampire – The Wild Rose Press
Executive Positions – Contemporary – The Wild Rose Press
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down – Contemporary Cowboy BDSM – The Wild Rose Press
Johnny Loves Krissy – Contemporary – The Wild Rose Press (April 30, 2010)
Cinderella Undercover – Contemporary Romantic Suspense – Siren Publishing (June 2010)
What song would best describe your life?
Little Wonders by Rob Thomas. Everyone has to go through rough periods in order to appreciate the good times.
“Let it go,
Let it roll right off your shoulder
The hardest part is over…”
If you were a tool, what would people use you for?
I’d say I’m a widget. Widget = An unnamed device – a little device or mechanism, especially one whose name is unknown or forgotten. So either I’m a useless tool, or as I like to think I just haven’t figured out my purpose.
You can erase one embarrassing experience from your past. What will it be?
16 years married – three lost rings
A husband who can find the humor in it – my real life hero. (but it’s strictly zirconium for me now)
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
I’m told I’m distracted when I’m writing so….
Don’t buy her nice jewelry, she’ll lose it.
Don’t get her a cell phone, she’ll lose it.
Don’t let her have the remote or the cordless phone, she’ll misplace them. (I will say that after a 6 month MIA, the cordless phone has been recovered. I’ve given up hope on the pink cell phone.)
What genres and authors would we find you reading when taking a break from your own writing?
I read everything except YA and inspirational. I like adult books with sex. I love a good historical – Susan Johnson and Nicole Jordan are at the top of my list.
Paranormal – Sherrilyn Kenyon and I recently read Larissa Ione
Contemporary – Susan Johnson again. I love you, Susan.
When writing your description of your hero/ine what feature do you start with? Eyes, age, hair color, etc?
Physical traits come last for me. I see my hero and heroine and their conflict first. Then the sexual chemistry. Once I have the “feel” of who they are, I can finally “see” what they look like. Often times, I’m changing hair and eye color in the middle of a book. The other issue I have is naming my characters. I don’t think I’ve written a single story where at least one character didn’t get a name change.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
Wow, great question. My personal favorite is Hard Ride Home but that might not be the right pick for everyone since it is m/m. A choice for a nice simple love story without a lot of kink is With or Without You. Rough Justice is kinky, funny and I think would appeal to most readers of erotic romance.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
Hopefully I’ve penned a stories that titillate as well as entertain. But also that makes you laugh at the some of the situations of the characters.
You created a highly useful Yahoo Group, Promotion_Loop_Schedule to help authors track promotion days on the various loops. Tell us how it works and what inspired you to create it. (please provide the link as well)
I started it because I was going to each group when I’d want to do a promotion and that was very time consuming. Minutes spent on promotion take away from minutes that could be spent writing. I also know it’s frustrating for loops to have drive by promoters, especially on days when an author is a guest host. This loop makes it easy for me to hop from loop to loop, see what is happening, do a bit of chat and promotion and then get back to my stories. Once I’d started the loop, I invited my friends and critique partners to use it. Anyone who can benefit is welcome to join. There is no chatter, just calendar reminders. It was a crazy summer and I didn’t have a lot of time to do updates, but I do try to keep the information accurate. Here is the link.
What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
What’s for lunch? Today it is a big juicy cheeseburger and a Diet Pepsi.
Thank you, KyAnn, for being with us today!