Tuesday, November 26, 2013

20 Questions: Rue Allyn, Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer

I’ve known Rue Allyn since she was her writing alter ego Susan Charnley, back when we were both new and starry-eyed authors doing Great Lakes Bookseller Association trade shows together. So long ago, in fact, that I have her newly reissued A True and Perfect Knight on my author signed BFF shelf from back in 2001! I realized how much I’d missed her books when I curled up to read her latest release One Day’s Loving and immediately lost myself in the story. Now I’m going to have to One Click the books for the other two sisters in the Wildfire Love series from Crimson Romance (Don’t you hate it when that happens!)

I LOVE historicals, especially when they’re accurate portrayals of their times. From page one, I was back in 1870s Boston, experiencing the heroine Mae’s quiet courage and resourcefulness as life hands her another unpleasant curve (along with an unwanted proposal and attempted abduction!). Oh, how I like her! She just doesn’t realize what great heroine material she is yet. The hero, her awful grandfather’s attorney (my boss thinks ALL heroes should be attorneys!), James is caught between the terms of his client’s cruel-hearted will and his admiration for the gently composed female in his office. His solution to better both their circumstances promises some entertaining reading ahead. I haven’t gotten as far into their story as I’d like to be, but considering to my eagerness to get back to it, I’ve no doubt I’m in for a delightful ride. I hope you’ll take it with me! 

Since some of you are meeting her for the first time, Rue/Sue has graciously agreed to introduce herself and her two brand new (well, technically one brand new and one newly returned to the shelves) historical romances via my 20 Questions. 

Nancy, thank you very much for inviting me to share with your followers.

Getting to know Rue Allyn:

1. Party dress or blue jeans?

Can I do both? Guess if I’m forced to choose, I want blue jeans, but that Party dress is fun every now and then.

2. Spa day or gym workout?

Spa day without question. I love being pampered.

3. Favorite books from childhood.

The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley

4. Three favorite movies.

Only three? Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, Gone with the Wind.

5. What’s on your Bucket List?


6. Your first kiss . . .

You don’t want to know, but think Frat boy at a college mixer—was also my first date.

7. Favorite comfort food.

Raspberry & Peach Jelly Bellies.

The Written word:

8. Favorite type of hero (Type A bad boy or Type B good guy) Examples. (Which would you rather live with?)

I want bad boys in my fiction but I live with the best good guy ever.

9. Favorite genre to read? (Is it what you write?)

Romance, yes.

10. What would you love to write that you haven’t?

A paranormal romance without vampires or shapeshifters.

11. Fiction hero you would run off with.

Not gonna happen.

12. What are you reading right now?

Galleys for the re-release of my medieval romance A True and Perfect Knight

13. Paperback or e-book?

E-all the way. Paper is soooo inconvenient.

A Writer’s Life:

14. OCD plotter or free range pantser?

Pantser for the most part.

15. Which is easier, the synopsis or the book?

The book.

16. Which was easier to get, agent or editor?


17. First publishing rejection (and getting back on that horse).

I don’t recall my first but I’ve learned to allow myself 24 hours to deal with the emotions then put the rejection behind me.

18. First person you call when you get a sale.

My sweetheart.

19. Solo muse or critique partner(s)?

Solo muse, but I do share reciprocal coaching efforts with a good writer friend.

20. When can we get your next book and what’s it all about?

I have two books releasing in November. One Day’s Loving comes out November 18, 2013. A True and Perfect Knight is re-released from a new publisher in e-only format on November 19, 2013. You can get info about A True and Perfect Knight here. Since One Day’s Loving technically arrives first, I’ll tell you about it now:

Persephone Mae Alden is the invisible Alden sister, quiet, industrious, generous, kind-hearted, loyal and reliable. The words used to describe Mae remind her of a well-trained dog. She’s not happy about it, but what can she do? She likes her quiet life and would be seriously upset if she had to defy convention like Edith or act on instinct like Kiera. But everything changes when necessity forces her to bravery and she must choose between love and family.

A horrifying bequest convinces Boston attorney James W. Collins V that Mae Alden needs a husband, and she’s just the type of wife he wants. The two of them will be a perfect match. Refusing his offer makes no sense, so why won’t the woman accept?

You may find out more about One Day’s Loving at my website or order through Amazon.com

Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue at http://RueAllyn.com


  1. Great post! I love learning more about other authors. The excerpt sounds wonderful, too - I've been on a historical kick lately. :)

    1. Thanks Kristen. I enjoy meeting readers and never get enough chances.

  2. Thanks Kristen. I enjoy meeting readers and don't get enough chances. If you like historicals you might also enjoy the first two books in the Wildfire Love series, One Moment's Pleasure and One Night's Desire, about Mae's older sisters Edith and Kiera.

  3. Nancy, I continue to enjoy your blogs. Today's with Rue Allyn had insight I found valuable. Didn't see you at the last Mid Mich. meeting. Hope you'll make the next one.

    1. Judy, thanks very much for your comment. "Insightful" isn't a word usually applied to me or my post, so I'm thrilled that you gained something from the interview.

  4. Thanks, Judy! It's all in having great guests! Hope to see you at the Christmas Party.

  5. I'm a big fan of Rue's! I still have A True and Perfect Knight on my keeper shelf! Fun reading about what you've been up to.

    1. :),:) I have a big fan!!! Even better, A True and Perfect Knight is on Mara's keeper shelf. I'm blushing all over the place. Thank you so much for the lift and the kind words. Please keep in touch. E-mail is best but a private message on FB works too.

  6. Nancy, thank you too for the kind words in your introduction. I love knowing that you, like Mara, still have A True and Perfect Knight on your shelf. I do tend to like to put my heroines into the soup from the first page. Genvieve has been tossed from her home and accused of treason. Mae gets kidnapped, her sister Edith has a close encounter with a nefarious Madam, and Kiera (the middle Alden sister) is being framed for horse-stealing, murder and arson. I wonder what I'm going to dream up next. :)

  7. Wonderful post! I love hearing about new to me authors! The books sound great too!

  8. Thank you Melissa. I love hearing about new to me readers. :)