Cowboys & Knights: An Interview with Author Rue Allyn

Today we have author Rue Allyn visiting us in the Tearoom. I’m so excited to finally be interviewing a fellow writer from the Heart of Detroit, my home chapter of the Romance Writers of America!

Welcome, Rue!

TrueAndPerfectKnight-A300Jennelle and all of the Teatime Romance ladies, thank you very much for offering me the opportunity to share with your readers. I’m thrilled to be here and look forward to all of your comments.

Have you always been based in Michigan?

Well yes and no. I was born in Michigan and it’s been my state of residence for all but 13 years of my life (10 years in Delaware when I was a child and 3 in Florida as an adult). However, I also spent ten years in the US Navy, traveling the world while remaining a resident of Michigan.

You have two books that just came out, within days of each other: A True and Perfect Knight and One Day’s Loving. How do you cope with such tight release schedules? Do you sleep? Continue reading

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Fairytales and Fun with Sophie Barnes

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Teatime Romance is proud to be one of the spots on the blog tour for new Avon Romance author Sophie Barnes, who previously wrote for the Avon Impulse line with the Somersby series and a stand alone novel (How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure, There’s Something About Lady Mary, and The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda).

My favorite cover of Sophie's from the Somersby series

My favorite cover of Sophie’s from the Somersby series

I had the pleasure of getting to meet Sophie at the RWA National Conference in July. She was absolutely delightful and listening to me ramble on, so even if I didn’t already want to check out her new series At The Kingsborough Ball I would have based on her sweet personality alone! Her new series all has one night at a particular ball–the Kingsborough legendary soiree–as the jumping off point. The only other series I know of recently in historical romance that spans the same points through multiple books is Juliana Gray’s A Lady Never Lies and subsequent books, so I’m excited to see how Sophie carries off this concept. Continue reading

Collette’s Highlander

Collette CameronToday we welcome Collette Cameron whose debut novel Highlander’s Hope will be released in May. Thank you for joining us Collette. Tell us about yourself and how you got into writing.

I’m so excited to be here today! Thanks for hosting me.  I’m one of those girly-girls. You know, the ones that like lots of frou-frou, lace, flowers, and anything remotely related to romance.  Yes, I collect tea cups and teapots amongst other things like vintage tins.

I’m a teacher, editor, and certified interior decorator, but writing is what I’m completely enamored with—other than the hubby of thirty years, three adult kiddos and my dachshunds.

I’ve read romance for years, (decades to tell the truth) and on a whim, decided to try my hand at writing a romance novel. I had time as a substitute teacher, and with my children grown, I found myself with time to fill. Though I do have several hobbies, I was looking for something different, challenging and yet fulfilling.

I found it when I started writing. I finished Highlander’s Hope in six months. After two title changes and massive rewriting and cuts (it was originally 156,000 words and is now 84,000) I was ready to submit. Continue reading

A Hybrid Intent

There’s been a lot of fanfare about this announcement, created by me (with help from the overly enthusiastic Jennelle Holland, who wants you all to believe I’m really the Pope in disguise). Many of you have guessed what I’m going to say, and some of you I’ve already told, because let’s face it–I can’t keep a secret. Before you start insisting you knew you were right, I’m totally a zombie/nun/writer of the President’s speeches, let me tell you a little story. Or a long story, as when writing, I word vomit and then cut.

Even before I knew how to write my own name, I was a storyteller. I’d entertain my mother from the start of our car ride to my brother’s school to the end with whatever story I’d decided to weave that day. As I reached elementary school, I was lucky enough to have a teacher who not only recognized my desire to write, but nurtured it. Through her I won my first essay contest against children older than me, and the rest, as they say, is history. I was hooked.

For years, I’ve struggled with how to make this writer thing a reality. My background is in fantasy text-based RPGs, where for years I led and wrote with a small but dedicated group of players. I learned how to create characters, to embody them until my soul broke from the pain I’d end up causing them all in the name of drama. But I held back from developing a book, struck by the fear that if I reached outside of my comfort zone I’d fail. I was the undisputed best writer in my little group, the one they all turned to for plot advice, and I was loathe to give up that throne. Continue reading