Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you for having me. Well, I’ve been married for close to twelve years now to a man who drives me up the wall yet love with all my heart. We have two daughters, and eleven year old and a two year old. They are both trying to make me gray before I’m ready. I’m a new author with a debut that should be released sometime in January 2015 and I am very excited to chat with you two.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
My laptop. That’s pretty much all I need. Once my internet was being a douche bag and a friend suggested I write down the scene I was working on by hand and I was like: “huh”. My hubby has tried to get me to move with the times and compose my chapters via the talk-to-text feature but nope, I need to swipe my fingers across the keys.
Beverly: When did you start to write and who influenced you?
I began writing on another writing platform in hopes that the story I was sharing would reunite my parents. It didn’t but I caught the writing bug that I left when life happened.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
My definition of a hero is probably totally different from what others who read romance novels would choose. But here goes, a hero stays true to himself. That is the only quality I like in my hero.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
My all-time favorite character is Prince Nikolai Kuzan. OMG. Love this man. lol. He appeared in Susan Johnson’s early 1990s book, Seized by Love. I don’t have a method to the madness when creating characters.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Sex scenes. They are either hits or misses with me. I can’t put my finger on why that is especially since I love sex lol. I don’t know let’s hope I have all hit sex scenes in my debut J
Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?
When the hero and the heroine meet for the first time. Love it. Before that chapter, the readers get a sense of how my hero, Noah, and heroine, Avianna, are separately but when they meet … wow.
Tamara: What is your dream vacation?
My dream vacation spot is Bora Bora. When I win the lotto, I plan to retire there J
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love! Fine! If you don’t like that question what was your worst date ever?
In my younger days when I was slim and children-free, the hubby and I used to love outdoor sexy times ;). Our first time was in broad day light in Central Park.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I love a heroine who has a great sense of self OR is on the journey of discovering herself.
Beverly: How many books have you published? What genres? What drew you to that genre?
Deeper will be my first published novel. This will be a romantic suspense and I’m drawn to the genre because it fascinates me how men who do bad things can find women who love them.
Tamara: If you could spend the day with any person from history, real or fictional. Who would you choose and why?
The one person would be my grandfather. I miss him a lot. He passed in 1994 and before that we spent a lot of time together. My first name is an alternate spelling of my grandfather’s last name.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Being in the bathroom by myself. lol. Having two children there’s no free time. They even barge into the most sacred of places, the bathroom, willy nilly.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
To see my name on a novel.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!
My most embarrassing moment occurred when I was pregnant with my last child. Oh boy. So I like to call what happened to me preggers brain. I think something happens when a woman is pregnant. It’s like we forget even our name. So one night, I was cooking. It should be said: I SHOULD NOT COOK. Anyway, I followed my mother-in-law’s directions for her famous meatloaf, or thought I did. However, I forgot quite a few things: eggs, bread crumbs, you know … the essentials. My kid, the one who claims to love me and came from my body, called the meatloaf – black heart. I don’t need to explain right? The color (it was more ashen than black) and the weird shape. I cried like a baby.
Tamara: What song are you?
That’s hard. It changes but right now I am Usher’s “Can you handle?”
Beverly: How do you know you’re in love? Is it a physical reaction, an emotional reaction or both?
It’s both. It’s the feeling like you’re scared and alive at the same time. It’s so conflicting, makes your stomach growl and calm simultaneously.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
I love me. A few years back, that would not have been my first response because I struggled with self-esteem issues for too long. But, yup, I love me. My family and friends love me as well.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Neither J
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark, and handsome AND blond and buff AND tatted and lanky. I love ‘em all.
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth. I’d hate to cough up a hair ball.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Both.
Kinky or Sweet? Both J. Are you seeing a pattern?
Fast or slow? Depends on my mood.
Public or private? Private. I’m old and fat. No one wants to see all my good stuff except my hubby J
Top or bottom? Bottom.
Allyn Lesley writes real stories about real people.
As a teen, Allyn lost herself in the pages of some of Romance’s heavyweights, trusting that a happy ever after was just around the corner. In Allyn’s own writing journey, as in life, she’s learned that people don’t always experience recovery and restoration after a fall. Her stories speak to the gritty side of life where the right choice isn’t always easily identified and happiness not quickly gained.
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