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About Ayla Ruse
Handed a historical romance at the age of twelve, Ayla Ruse fell in love with love and with happy endings. Having grown up living life tasting a little of this and a little of that has not changed this attitude, but it's expanded her views. Love isn't always happy and it isn't always the way a person "thinks it should be." Sometimes it's outside the box, and it's always a challenge.
The challenge of finding and holding onto this love is what drives Ayla in her fiction. She likes stories that strip love -- among other things -- down to the skin and tests the attachment and beliefs of the participants. Sometimes that test can come in the form of multiple partners, overcoming a desperate fear or even being sexually inventive.
Ayla is published with Changeling Press and with Total E-Bound. She’s all over the web, just look her up. You can contact her through her website (http://www.aylaruse.com), facebook, blog, twitter, etc.
Also by Ayla Ruse:
The Deciding Factor
The Fires of Beltane
Malathix Soul: Soulless
Malathix Soul: Broken
Malathix Soul: Jagged
White Hot Christmas: Emmy’s Wish
Good Gone Bad
Bad Gone Better
Forever Wicked: Serena’s Prince
Razor’s Edge: Office Work
Santa’s Helpers: Zarakion’s Tip
An Interview with Ayla Ruse
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Ayla, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Party Girl and is part of the Soul Debt line at Changeling Press. What can you tell us about Soul Debt?
AR:Thanks for having me!
This multi-author series came about as a result of Changeling’s weekly Flash Fiction challenges (anyone can play). Last fall, one of the themes presented was: The Devil Made Me – a demon has come collecting a debt, and payment needs to be satisfactory because the late fee is killer.
HH: How did your story come to be part of this special series?
AR: I met the challenge with my 150 word flash fiction, and the ideas didn’t stop. When Changeling announced the series, I jumped at the opportunity, and Party Girl in its entirety was born.
HH: What can you tell us about Erin and why will readers be pulling for her?
AR: I like Erin because although she’s shy, she’s competent and honest. She stands by her beliefs of what is right and wrong, and when faced with an event that blindsides her, she doesn’t turn tail and run -- even if a part of her feels like doing just that. She buckles down and does what she needs to do, whether it means traveling through Hell, being a playmate for demons, or holding on to the one demon she loves.
HH: What can you tell us about Santos and why will readers love him?
AR: Santos is handsome, sophisticated and very good at his job. Even though he’s a demon, he has a very human appearance. When asked by Erin why he doesn’t have a tail and horns he responds, “What better way to lead a human into temptation than with something irresistible?” He’s honest, not arrogant. I like the way he knows the rules, yet manipulates them in the interest of others. On the surface, Santos is rock-solid, but on the inside, he’s vulnerable. Once taken from his comfort zone, he has to face his own wants and needs, a scary prospect for someone who’s never had to do this before.
HH: What do you like best about their relationship and how is it different from those in your other works?
AR:I like that deep down, Erin and Santos like each other so much, they’re afraid to approach one another. It may sound like drivel, but this happens so often in real life. However, when Erin and Santos have no choice but to be together, their chemistry ignites immediately, and from that moment on, they don’t question, but face their challenges united.
This story is different from others I’ve written because Erin and Santos have to develop their relationship through events so drastic both would do anything to avoid, if they could.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
AR: Oh, wow. Well, I already have several projects lined up for 2013. These stories will range from contemporary BDSM and menage, to paranormal power-plays with dragons and other fairy folk. I like to write where the muse takes me.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
AR: I enjoy solving the puzzle, which is the story that begins in my head. I get the biggest high when I can sit alone for hours and indulge wherever my mind takes me. Everything about writing is a puzzle to figure out. With your characters, it’s from picking the right names to their faults to their motivations. With the plot, it’s about finding out what works for the characters and what doesn’t. When it’s all done, it’s like standing back from the picture you just made and saying, “will you look at that!”
HH: What’s your writing schedule like?
AR: I always chuckle at this one, because I don’t have a schedule. I wish I were an early morning riser and writer, but I’m not that strong. Yet. Instead, I write at night after I’ve put everyone to bed. Sometimes I can swing a longer amount of time by slipping away from the house, but it’s nothing planned. There is freedom in writing this way, but the flip side shows itself when I’m on a deadline. Then everything else is ignored and I’m a bear, scrunched up at my laptop, growling at anyone unwise enough to tiptoe near me.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
AR: I’m a little bit of everywhere. Here’s a brief rundown:
HH: Why will 2013 be a very good year for you?
AR: I love this positive attitude! Interesting you mention this because I do, in fact, have good plans. Other than the several stories I’m in the process of writing for my current publishers, I intend to add to this list and gain a new publisher.
Thanks for having me!
HH: Thank you!
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