Friday, March 19, 2021

Today Rue Allyn is visiting and talking about Who She Was Before #MFRWAuthor #USN Petty Officer #Writer #Travel #Romance #Contemporary

 What Were You Before


Day 1

  1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?

Allow me to clarify a bit. I have always been a ‘writer.’ So in a sense, I was never anything before that. If we limit the meaning of ‘author’ to ‘professional,’ i.e, I get paid to write, I’ve been many things: Assembly line worker, receptionist, USN Petty Officer, Student of English literature and language (including modern, middle and old English), Instructor, Sales associate. Mom, Housekeeper (not professional),World Traveler, Daughter, Sister,  Wife etc. I could go on and produce a very long list.


Did any of this influence my choices as a writer? I think that answer is yes. I’ve used most (not all) of my life experiences in some way to enhance my books whether it be character, plot or setting. The single strongest influence has been my education in the English language. Learning to speak, read and write in Middle and Old gave me a love of the period we call the middle ages. Second to that influence would be my love of travel. My books are set all over the world and in a variety of time periods. In the US alone, my books are set anywhere from Wyoming to Texas to Louisiana, to New York. I have hundreds of settings yet to use, so I’m not planning on quitting the writing business any time soon. 😊


  1. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.

I am solely a romance author. I like reading other genres, but I write romance. My published work includes, Contemporary, Regency, Medieval, and Victorian/Western romance. I have a slightly paranormal series in the works but nothing published in that sub-genre of romance.


  1. What is your latest release? My newest release, Wait for Me, is a novella in the Bluestocking Belles Boxset Storm & Shelter. The collection is available for pre-order at a reduced price [click here] with an official release date of April 13, 2021. Here are the blurbs for both Wait for Me and Storm & ShelterWait for MeFate trumps nature, and these enemies became good friends then casual lovers. Only doubt and family secrets can keep them from sealing their love with marriage. Esmeralda Crobbin, aka the pirate Irish Red, and Captain, Lord Brandon Gilroy were enemies by nature who first met during a battle at sea. But fate trumps nature when a fierce storm creates a chance encounter and forced proximity. Brandon learns the pirate is a woman of serious honor and responsibility. Esmeralda discovers the captain is more than a uniform stuffed with rules and regulations. Both love the sea with boundless passion, but can they love each other?


Storm & ShelterWhen a storm blows off the North Sea and slams into the village of Fenwick on Sea, the villagers prepare for the inevitable: shipwreck, flood, land slips, and stranded travelers. The Queen’s Barque Inn quickly fills with the injured, the devious, and the lonely—lords, ladies, and simple folk; spies, pirates, and smugglers all trapped together. Intrigue crackles through the village, and passion lights up the hotel.

One storm, eight authors, eight heartwarming novellas.


  1. What are you working on now? I am currently working on a series of six more or less novella length stories about The MacKai Brides. These women are the sisters of the hero and highland laird, Baron Raeb MacKai, from my novel Knight Defender. I am in the early stages of series and story development, so it will be awhile before these are ready for release. If you want a glimpse of what these tales might be like, check out my Medieval Mumbles blog posts, starting with the one about The Taming of Iver MacTavish (working title).


  1. Do  your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career? I suppose so. Around age 13, I encountered Georgette Heyer’s regency romances and fell in love with the genre.


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1 comment:

J.Q. Rose said...

So interesting your study of the middle ages spurred your eriting. Good to meet you, Rue.