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About Kayelle Allen
Kayelle Allen is the owner of The Author's Secret. She's also a blogger, writer of immortal role-playing gamers, warriors who purr, and agents who find the unfindable--or hide it forever.
Also by Kayelle Allen:
At the Mercy of Her Pleasure
For Women Only
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An Interview with Kayelle Allen
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Kayelle, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured story is Bill Me in an anthology entitled Fifty Gays of Shade. I love this title. I have to ask where the anthology got its start. <g>
KA: Kiernan Kelly is the mastermind behind the anthology. She created a layout of the Shady Business BDSM club and created a character named Grey Shade who owned it. When authors signed on to do a story, they got a link to see the layout, images of Shade, and other details. From there, they just had to come up with a story set inside the club. As a cool addition, we were encouraged to bring Shade into the story in at least a cameo role.
HH: How did your story come to be part of this project and what can you tell us about it?
KA: Kiernan and I were together on a panel together at DragonCon last year, and she mentioned the anthology to me. When I heard the title, I knew I had to get involved.
HH: Where did you get the idea for Bill Me?
KA: Kiernan, Kage Alan (author of A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way to My Sexual Orientation), and I were talking before one of the DragonCon panels, and Kage joked about everyone knowing someone named Bill. The thought stuck in my head. That night on the train going home, I sketched out ideas for a story with a character who couldn't decide whether to call himself William, Billy, or Bill.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?
KA: It's a fun story with an undercurrent of humor, and it conveys the respect so necessary in a good relationship. I believe whether referring to a master as "Sir" or simply speaking to a friend, showing respect and concern for others is important.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
KA: I'm also involved in an anthology due out this fall from the Science Fiction Romance Brigade. It will feature stories by fellow SciFi writers, and contain everything from flash fiction to longer, more serious works. To find out more, visit our blog. http://sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/
HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?
KA: I had serious health issues last year, and spent nearly a week in the hospital. I'm thankful that this year is looking much better for me. I've changed a lot about how I handle stress, and have learned to eat better. I anticipate a more successful year all around.
HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
KA: I honestly see stories everywhere. I have trouble limiting them. I carry a notebook and jot down ideas. You never know when they'll strike. I've been known to pull off the road and write on scraps.
HH: What's your writing schedule like?
I write something every single day. It might be a blog post, a training article for my group, Marketing for Romance Writers, or continuing work on a novel. For years, I didn't take a day off -- and that left me burned out. When I was ill last year, and was unable to write, it devastated me. Now, I make myself take time off. It's helped me recharge and come back with new ideas.
HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
KA: I created a Pinterest page and have boards dedicated to my characters. It's fun seeing people repin things to their own pages. I always go and see what their boards are like. I'm on Facebook every day, as well as Twitter, and Goodreads. Whatever they like to do, I'm probably there. ;)
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?
KA: Finally finishing the sequel to Surrender Love. I've been working on it for years, and I'm almost through! Afraid to jinx it by saying anything else, but for those readers who love Luc and Rah, hang in there. I promise it's coming.
HH: Thank you!
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