Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Q&A with Alannah Lynne!!!!


Today marks the release of debut author Alannah Lynne's first book.
Here's a blurb about Reaction Time:

Nikki Kincaid carries her smart mouth and in-your-face attitude like other women carry mace. However, that bad attitude and razor sharp tongue aren’t wielded on everyone; they’re reserved specifically for Adam Guthrie. With nothing more than a heated visual stroke, her body’s reaction time to Adam is quicker than her reaction time at the starting line of a race. And that out-of-control response terrifies her because Nikki is always in control.

When someone starts sending her threatening letters, her brother and crew chief, Nate, asks his good friend, Adam, to help protect Nikki. And Adam jumps at the chance. For the past year and a half he’s been watching Nikki, analyzing her body language and cutting remarks, and has come to the conclusion she’s a sexual submissive. Spending five days in close quarters with her is the opportunity he’s been waiting for. He knows there’s a strong chemistry between them and, as a seasoned Dom, he’s certain he can bring her deeply buried submissive nature to the surface. Doing so, while also fulfilling her deepest desires, will be the greatest challenge of his life. And if he succeeds it will also be his greatest reward.

*You can purchase Reaction Time at Samhain Publishing*

Alannah has also graciously offered to give away a copy of Reaction Time!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

Nikki Kincaid carries her smart mouth and in-your-face attitude like other women carry mace. However, that bad attitude and razor sharp tongue aren’t wielded on everyone; they’re reserved specifically for Adam Guthrie. With nothing more than a heated visual stroke, her body’s reaction time to Adam is quicker than her reaction time at the starting line of a race. And that out-of-control response terrifies her because Nikki is always in control.

When someone starts sending her threatening letters, her brother and crew chief, Nate, asks his good friend, Adam, to help protect Nikki. And Adam jumps at the chance. For the past year and a half he’s been watching Nikki, analyzing her body language and cutting remarks, and has come to the conclusion she’s a sexual submissive. Spending five days in close quarters with her is the opportunity he’s been waiting for. He knows there’s a strong chemistry between them and, as a seasoned Dom, he’s certain he can bring her deeply buried submissive nature to the surface. Doing so, while also fulfilling her deepest desires, will be the greatest challenge of his life. And if he succeeds it will also be his greatest reward. (If you want a shorter version, just let me know and I’ll send you something else. Thx)

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?


This is sort of a trick question for me. I’ve always joked about “writing a book about my bizarre life” but never really took myself seriously. I’ve always loved books, and deep down I wanted to write, but I thought being a writer was out of my grasp and beyond me.


3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?

This kind of goes along with my answer to the previous question. I see scenes and I hear voices in my head. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and have always had the visions. Did I mention I’m a little slow sometimes? LOL It took me 40 years to figure out what I was supposed to be doing with those voices in my head and the scenes that were constantly running through my mind. So far, all of my stories have started the same way. I get a vision, then I start hearing voices and the characters will not leave me alone until I get their stories on paper.


4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

LOL…my whole process is quirky but, I’d say the strangest quirk is the required “rest” period. When I’m working on a scene, it comes to me so much clearer – in bright, vivid details – if I lie down and rest. Not nap, but more like meditate. As soon as I start to drop into that relaxed state, the scene starts to play. Of course, then I have to get up and hold on to the details long enough to get them written, but that seems to be the most effective way of writing for me. You should see me trying to convince my hubby, “Honestly, I’m just laying here with my eyes closed. I’m not sleeping, I’m working.”

5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

OMG…that I write hot, steamy erotic romances! I started out writing sweet and inspirational.

6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Oh wow, there are so many. But the most influential author has been Janelle Denison. The first romance I read was Janelle’s The Wilde Side, which is part of her Wilde Series. I was instantly hooked and scooped up not only the Wilde Series books but all of Janelle’s back list that I could find. I slowly began thinking, I wonder if I really could write a book? At the beginning of Born to be Wilde she talks about “peeling back the layers of Mia” and how much she learned about Mia as she wrote the book. That encouraged me because (remember I said I was a little dim) I thought, Oh, so you don’t have to know everything that’s going to happen in the beginning. I think I might like that process. And so, here I am.

However, I probably never would have gone through with the whole submission process if it weren’t for the Challenge Group that I’m a part of, especially Cara Carnes and Luanna Nau (who have read every single word and sometimes more than once). They gave me the courage to submit my work and I’m eternally grateful for their friendship and support!!

7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband is my biggest fan and has been encouraging from the very beginning. My oldest son, who is an aspiring musician (and therefore understands the whole chase-a-crazy-dream concept), is also extremely supportive and encouraging. My youngest son is thirteen…LOL…need I say more?

8. What is coming up next for you writing wise?

I have a story under consideration at Harlequin Blaze and while I’m waiting to hear back from them I’m putting the final spit shine on it so it’s ready to go (I’m an eternal optimist). LOL I’m also plotting (ack!) another story about a spunky bartender. I hope to start the first draft in a week or so.

Learn more by visiting Alannah's website at ww.alannahlynne.com

Any questions for Alannah? Ask away!

34 comments:

Alannah Lynne said...

Good morning!!! Just wanted to say "thanks" again for having me here. Also, I don't think we talked about this (and I hope it's okay--I need to check with the powers that be...LOL), but I will give away a copy of Reaction Time today (if it's okay). ROTFL

All you have to do is post a comment to be entered.

Have a fantastic day, everyone!

JulieLeto said...

Congratulations, Alannah, on your new book!!!

Here's a question: What about this career has surprised you...that you never really expected when you were dreaming of being a writer?

PattiF said...

In case you didn't notice the slight change...Alannah is giving away a copy of Reaction Time!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hey Julie!!! Thanks for stopping by. *giggles* Guess I didn't play fair with that tease on Plotmonkeys, huh?

You know, I mentioned Janelle, but you and Carly and Leslie have all been more instrumental in my wanting to be a writer than you'll ever know. I know I joke about it all the time but truly, I want to be like you guys when I grow up.

I'm always surprised and amazed at the amount of time you take with your readers. You spend a lot of time and effort on your blog and especially those Saturday mini-workshops for us....
And it's the same with a lot writers that I've been fortunate enough to "meet" online.

I'd sort of placed writers into the same category as sports figures or movie stars. Your name's on the cover of a book and that makes you totally inaccessible. That is so not true...at least not for the writers of romance.

So, to make a short story long (LOL) I've been very surprised by the contact writers have with their readers and their generosity toward each other - as was shown through the "ForJoLeigh" Auction last week and the Brenda Novak auction.

And I'm looking forward to being a part of it!!!

Thanks again for stopping by. Hugs!

Janelle Denison said...

Big, huge, Congratulations, Alannah!!! I couldn't be more excited for you to see your first book published. Here's to many, many, many more sales in the future!

P.S. Fingers & toes crossed on your Blaze submission. We'd love to have you as a "Blaze Babe".

Silver James said...

Alannah, I can't wait to read the book about the bartender! I'll happily beta read it for you. *grin* I'm so happy for you with this release and it's on my GET list.

And now, a question...(bwahaha). What part of the whole process is the hardest for you? Concept? Writing? Editing? Revision? Waiting? Process of your choice?

Lu said...

Hi Alannah,
I just bought your book!!!! Can't wait to read it *wink*.
Now, let's get the next one finished, shall we???? LOL
Congratulations on your release!!!

Hugs,
Lu

Alannah Lynne said...

Thanks, Janelle, for everything!!! Sheww...wouldn't it be awesome to be a Blaze Babe?! My fingers are crossed too! LOL

Hey Silver!! I'll keep you posted on the progress of that bartender story.

The hardest part of the process is whichever part I'm working on at the time! LOL Seriously! Most of the time I think it's revisions. But then, when I sit down to write a new scene or a new rough draft, I think, "Oh, God...I'll never get through this. I was crazy to think I could be a writer."

If I was forced to pick one, I'd say the revisions. They take me so long and I stress over every word - Gee, I make it sound like I hate everything about this and I'm miserable, and that's not the case. But writing isn't easy.

Every time I hear someone off-handedly say "I'm gonna write a book some day" I want to slap them upside the head! It's hard. But for the most part, I love it.

And I absolutely love the friends I've made through writing chapters and blogs!!

BTW - do you have cover art and a release date yet for your upcoming release?

Tessy said...

Alannah,

I couldn't be happier for you!!!! What a great job on the interview!

Alannah Lynne said...

Geez, Lu, you're such a slave-driver!! I'm working on it..I'm working on it (see last comment to Silver!).

Thank you!! For everything! Especially for sleeping outside in that sleeping bag all night, waiting for the Samhain doors to open this morning!! ROTFL

Hugs!


Hey Tessy!! It's great to *see* you!! Thanks for dropping by!

Silver James said...

No. Not yet. :( I figure I'll hear something definite after the first of the year. I finished my first massive edit and returned it to my editor back on the 8th. I'll definitely be sharing when I get both. ;D

Fingers are crossed for you on the Blaze. I've got a full manuscript at Silhouette Suspense, too. I figure each day I don't have a fat, white 9x11 envelope in the mailbox is a win! We can chew our nails together. lol

Every time I hear someone off-handedly say "I'm gonna write a book some day" I want to slap them upside the head! It's hard. But for the most part, I love it.

DITTO!

Cathy said...

Hi Alannah, congrats on your new release. I just read the excerpt and it sounds like my kind of story. Took a peek at your webpage too, and really enjoyed reading your About page.

robynl said...

congrats on the release and many more.

Oh Adam, you naughty boy; come here, lol! So you've been sizing her up. Very interesting excerpt.

ddurance said...

Congratulations on your first book release. I hope you get good news from Harlequin Blaze soon. I love the Blaze line.

Deidre

Cara Carnes said...

Huge congrats, sweetie!!!! You know I love Adam and Nikki and I'm so thrilled for you on this release. May you have many, many more.

LOL And I'm with Lu. Get back to work! LOL.

Love ya!

tetewa said...

Congrats on your release, sounds good!

Alannah Lynne said...

Silver - definitely keep me posted on your dates!

Hey Cathy! *waves* Thanks...glad you liked the excerpt and the website.

LOL Robyn! Thanks!

ddurance - thank you for the congrats and the good luck wish. I love the Blaze line too and would be honored to be one of their "Babes". *crosses fingers harder*

Cara...what can I say other than..."Yes Ma'am." ROTFL

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi tetewa!! Thanks and I'm glad you liked the excerpt!

Silver James said...

Uhm, Alannah? Ask and I shall receive? LOL! I got the email with the cover art this morning. Up on my blog now. And if by chance I don't win the freebie, I'll head to Samhain to order your book! (I haven't yet because I ordered a book and then won it. I've had the luck of the Irish lately. ROFL)

Alannah Lynne said...

Oh, Silver, that's gorgeous!!! And don't you just love Rae? She did my website and she is so much fun (and so easy) to work with.

Big huge congrats on that cover!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Alannah! Congrats on this debut! It sounds like such a hot story! Kudos to you for pursuing a dream and juggling that with the rest of life! (Being a mom takes up most of my bandwidth, that's for sure! ;)) And I'm definitely one of those people that will say, "I'm NOT going to write a book someday!" It IS a ton of work to write! But I'd be happy to read yours!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Flchen1!!! Thank you! My children are more on the grown side and that definitely helps. I'm always in awe of writers who have small children and still manage to find time to write.

My big regret in life is that I didn't start doing this earlier. But...I didn't know this is what I wanted to do earlier (at least I didn't think it was possible) and honestly, I don't think I could have juggled small children and doing this at the same time.

I've got your name in the hat!

Stacy S said...

Congrats on the release! Sounds like a great read.

Sue A. said...

Congratulations on getting your first book published!

It pays to dream big! I can't wait to see what you do next!

Estella said...

Congratulations on the release of your first book!

Laurie said...

Loved the excerpt! Can't wait to read what happens next!
You're so lucky to have such a supportive family and group of friends!
Congrats! Best of luck with Blaze & your bartender story too!
I will look for "Reaction Time"!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Stacy and Estella! Thanks!!

Sue - you're right, it does pay to dream big. It's kind of fun too...to put that dream out there and see where it takes you! Definitely more fun than just hanging out at home! LOL

Thanks, Laurie! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and thanks for the well-wishes with Blaze and my feisty bartender. Sheww..she's already giving me fits! LOL

Anonymous said...

I read an excerpt of this (this being Reaction Time!) when she is racing the Honda? It was great! I have this on my wish list!
Thanks,
Natasha

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Tasha! I actually woke up one morning with that opening scene running through my head - where she's racing the Honda.

I wasn't sure what to do with it (like a lot of the scenes I see) so I jotted it down and waited for the rest of the story to come to me. I was really excited about it though, right from the start, because that scene was so much fun to "see." And I loved Nikki's feisty personality.

We've got you in the drawing (which I think we're going to wait another day or so to do...just so those that don't get here every day have a chance to enter).

Have a great day!

Denise McClain said...

Alannah, I loved the interview. I read an excerpt yesterday and LOVED it. Funny and oh so sexy, I'm sure it'll be a big hit.

Congratulations.

Denise

Karin said...

Congratulations on your release, Alannah! I'm thrilled that you went for your dream.

How did you discover the meditation/relaxation you use to see scenes clearly? Was it by chance or did you set out to try it?

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Denise...thanks!! Reaction Time actually went to #7 on the Samhain Bestseller list yesterday so I was thrilled!! What a fun start! LOL

Karin, thank you!! I actually use that technique to problem solve everything in my life, so it just natural developed. The downside is, I have a really difficult time sleeping. Unless I'm absolutely exhausted, everytime I shut my eyes the characters come to life. It gets very annoying! LOL

Amy S. said...

Reaction Time sounds great!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hi Amy, thanks!!