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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Getting to know @KayelleAllen today at @RomanceBooks4Us #Romance #RB4U

Welcome Kayelle to Romance Books 4 Us, a place for all romance and all genres. We’re very happy to have you here with us today. 

Do you ever mimic family members or people you know when you choose characters?
 I'm sure my family thinks I do. There are aspects of people I know in all my stories. No one writes in a vacuum. I file off serial numbers so the event or person isn't recognizable, but now and then my husband will do something and from the expression on my face, he knows what's happening next. He'll say, "This is going in a book, isn't it?" Yep!

When do you write?  Early morning? During the day sometime or all day?  After the kids go to bed?
 I'm an empty nester and retired. No kids or grandkids underfoot. I start shortly after I wake up and work until about six in the evening. After that, it's hubby time or me time. Sometimes we are both more interested in things online than in TV or talk. In those cases, we each hit the PC again. Generally, I work all day, either marketing, handling things for the Romance Lives Forever blog, my own website or Marketing for Romance Writers. I stay busy. My assistant, Lisa Lowe, does a lot of the nitty gritty things for me, but we interact every day.

Is there any other genre that you would love to try writing?  If so, what is it?
 I've always wanted to write a time travel. Someday I'll come up with a suitable paradox and do it.

Do you have a special place you like to do your writing? Such as an office, a spare room, the dining room table, your couch?
 I have a basement office that's the size of a small living room. It has a couch, chair, and my desk. A wall with goodies I've collected or have been given over the years. It's cozy. My little private getaway.

As a reader, what types of genres do you enjoy? And do you think they influence the genre/genres you write in?
 I like science fiction, Regency Romance, suspense, and thrillers. An odd mix, but it keeps my mind engaged. Everything in life affects what a writer does. I don't think there's any way to avoid it. If you can, what kind of writer are you? I think writers need to be knee deep in the world and yet able to get away and write, then jump back in. Life is what gives us ideas and energizes us. Speaking as an introvert who gets strength from "alone time" that's just as true for me.

What is your favorite method of in laptop, desktop, iPad or the old-fashioned pencil and paper?  And do you plot out your story or go with the flow of your muse?
 I use a desktop computer with two monitors. I get a lot done. I'm a guru with MS Word. I can make it bake brownies. I've been using it since the late eighties. As to whether I plot or go with the flow... I have always been a plotter who lets the characters and story change things.

When you need a break or some time off from the trials of being a writer, what can you be found doing?
 I like movies and I enjoy science fiction conventions like OutlantaCon. It's science fiction, gaming, cosplay, films, and writing with a queer bent. It has a unique dealer's room. The entire convention is geared around inclusion and acceptance and is one of the most welcoming events I attend each year. I wouldn't miss it. It's in the middle of May in Atlanta. You should all come! I'm doing one-on-one critiques this year and panels with my personal story editor, Patricia S Cook. In fact, come to hear her. She's a wonderful editor and writer.

Share your favorites:
Favorite color – hot pink
Favorite dessert/snack – chocolate
Favorite Season – all of them
Favorite sad song – Ancient One by Really Slow Motion
Favorite Romantic movie –
Favorite Actor – Lee Pace / Tom Hiddleston
Favorite Actress – Gal Gadot
Favorite way to relax – read

Where can our readers find you? 

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire

This book is science fiction with romantic elements, humor, angst, well-deserved revenge, and a ginormous panther "kitty."
There's a link to a free bonus book right on the title page of this book. You can click it by opening the book on Amazon and peeking inside. You're welcome to go grab it!
When the immortal Pietas is marooned on a barren world with no food and few survival tools, he knows it could be worse. He could be alone. But that's the problem. He's not.
Half a million of his people sleep in cryostasis, trapped inside their pods and it's up to Pietas to free them. He can't release one at a time. It's all or nothing. He's facing over five hundred thousand hungry, thirsty, homeless immortals who will call on him for rescue and he has no way to answer.
It's not all bad. The beautiful telepathic warrior he's loved for lifetimes is at his side. He's bonded with a sentient panther. He hates humans but the one dumped on this planet with him has become a trusted friend.
Before Pietas can build shelter, figure out how to grow food, or set up a government, he must take back command from a ruthless enemy he's fought for centuries. His brutal, merciless father.
Immortals may heal, but a wound of the heart lasts forever...

Amazon and in print. Free on Kindle Unlimited


Nicole Morgan said...

Thanks for guesting with us today, Kayelle. Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire sounds amazing! :)

Kayelle Allen said...

Thank you. I'm excited about this book! Members of my reader group are about to get a nice bonus -- an almost wall-sized poster of the galaxy with all the empires and worlds in my stories highlighted. To get one, go to my site and click on the pink button that says "4 Free Books" and leave your email. You'll also get four books right away.

Paris said...

Hi Kayelle!

Bringer of Chaos: Forged in Fire sounds like an exciting read and is going on my TBR list, immediately!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Many hugs to a favorite person, Kayelle!

Kayelle Allen said...

Thank you, Paris. :) I hope you love it!
Vicki - hugging you back!

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