Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us about your latest release.
Hi. I’m Rue Allyn. My latest release is Off Limits, an erotic romance from Red Sage Publishing and the first in my sexy sailor series. Here’s a quick blurb: For Senior Chief Hank O’Mara no woman could compare with the sea until he met Lieutenant Bethany Morton. Only the sea could draw two passionate people of such opposite backgrounds together, and only US Navy regulations could keep them apart. Because fraternization between Officer and enlisted is forbidden, both Beth and Hank do their utmost to resist the passion and love growing between them. However, love proves stronger than either the sea or the USN. If they are to be together, Hank must sacrifice his career and Beth will risk the destruction of her professional dreams.
Have you ever had an idea for a story which scared you after you began writing it?
Only in the best way. I’ve had several story ideas that caused me to wonder if I could do the story justice with my writing. I’m still working on a number of those.
How much research do you do? Do you research first and then write, or do you write first, then research as needed?
I believe that too much research is not enough, so I am always researching. Right now I anticipate writing a contemporary romance with a Native American character, so I’m reading everything I can get my hands on about that character’s culture and talking to anyone who will share with me about that culture. I will continue my research until I send the manuscript out for consideration and maybe after, since I might discover new material that I need to include on revision. Research is an ongoing process and is never done.
Is there any message you want readers to take from reading your work?
Life is short, live it.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? And have you ever had a story take on a life of its own?
I guess you could say I’m a pantser with a little plotter thrown in. If a story doesn’t take on a life of its own, then I’m not doing my job correctly. LOL:) I know what you mean!
How long did it take for you to be published?
I started writing professionally in 1996 and received my first offer in 1999. The book (no longer in print) came out in 2001.
If you could go back and tell yourself anything when you first began your writing career, what would you say?
It’s all about the reader. Give the reader a great story and everything else will fall into place. Oh yes, be very patient.
Laptop or pen and ink? What are your ‘must-haves’ when writing?
Laptop and music, that’s pretty much all I really need.
Who are your favorite authors? Who would you say influenced you the most?
Chaucer, Shakespear, Dante. Of the three, I’d give most credit to Chaucer. Reading his work and studying his life convinced me that ‘literary’ writing is for academics. Chaucer and Shakespeare wrote for the masses, for entertainment. Dante was a bit different. I believe that his primary audience was God. I’m not certain I could or would ever aspire to that height. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer was my favorite book in my World Lit class:)
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I answered this somewhere else recently, so I hope I don’t duplicate my answer or reveal too much. I hope my readers would be surprised to learn that I think I’m boring.
Are there any Easter scenes in your books?
What is your favorite Easter memory?
Singing the Easter cantata in my church choir.
Do you garden, or do you have a black thumb like me?
I tend to have a black thumb, so I’ve learned not to keep house plants. In the yard I only plant stuff that will survive being neglected.
Excerpt from Off Limits: