Author Raven McAllan
The vampire’s breakfast was well overdue. There was just one thing to discover: Who was the vampire and who was the victim?
When Dorissa and Rafe got together, sparks flew and sex was always on the menu. This time, though, it went deeper. And became a game of dominance and a race to win.
Dorissa knew her life depended on Rafe—he didn’t. Could she show him how?
Rafe wanted Dorissa in every manner possible. However, he could only guess at her needs and wants, and had no idea if they meshed with his…
In this game of life, could there be two winners, or would they both lose?
As dawn approached, one of them knew that once the sun rose, nothing would be the same again.
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?Do you have a day or two? I swore I was slowing down, I really did. But deep breath At this moment in time, I have 4 more stories to write for Breathless Press, in my Moon Curse series. The ‘prequel’, High Tides, set at the end of the eighteen century, and the first two books of the ‘series’ proper’, set in Regency times, Smugglers Moon and Gambler’s Moon, are written and with my lovely editor Haleigh. I’ve also got a two book contract with Carina, that came out of the blue, (they approached me which was unexpected) and two more contemps in my Diomhair series to write. And a few other books in the pipleine to finish off series elswhere.
Then looks around shiftily I’ve not mentioned this yet, but I have an idea for another series for Breathless Press, but as I think I’ve enough on the go at the moment, I’m telling those characters to hush.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?I could say when I won the Where Does Chocolate Come From, essay competition two years running. After all the royalties were chocolate. But once I was too old to enter (aged 10) I was told off for writing too much fiction.
I made up stories for my children, usually with a bit of advice in them, like tidy your room or… but that was it for years. Until I retired form work, had time on my hands and thought, right, this is my times. Let’s see what I can do. Whst I did was abysmal. Then I discovered what my voice was, and I haven’t looked back.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?A lovely author who lives in New Zealand. Robyn Donald who I have admired for years. She said I had to write or I’d never forgive myself.
And to keep on writing.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?There is no one perfect hero. It depends on the reader, the writer, the time, the moment, whether you’ve had a row with someone and don’t want blue eyes, a beard or whatever. Each to their own.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?I love to travel, read… drink fine wine…eat chocolate… travel…do cross stitch…you get the idea… My collections are my memories.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?Always the last one. Although, sliding down a good few yards of the Great Wall of China on my bum, because I lost my bottle does stand out. Climbing the rock fortress in Sri Lanka and not loosing my bottle was also memorable. Kyaking in Halong Bay, Vietnam, being evacuated off a game reserve in South Africa because of a wild fire…meeting my husband, and thinking “Oh, wow this is what a realtionship should be…(not on the game reserve, that was 25-odd years into our marriage) So many to chose from.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
I couldn’t. I have too many places I want to go back to, and too many I’m still waiting to visit.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
Well sadly i’m guten intollerant, so I have to be careful. I have eaten stuff on my travels that was shall we say ‘suspect’, but not any more.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?Toilet paper
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?taps nose That comes under the heading of TMI
How do you describe yourself? Growing old disgracefully.
How would your family and friends describe you? Probably in the same way.
What is your favorite comfort food? Chocolate… not posh stuff but good old ‘D…y M…’
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Each is special in its own way, but my old arthritic joints (come on, let’s have some sympathy eh?) say the summer and the sun. I do love the warmth. Mind you I love swishing through a pile of leaves as well, in autumn. I don’t like cold and I hate damp.
What project are you working on next?I’m a third of the way through writing that Regency series, I mentioned above. Moon Curse. The basis of which is some cursed gold, and the only way to lift the curse is hand over the heart of a child.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?I’m always around. Even when I shouldn’t be snigger. My web is www.ravenmcallan.com and that has every link you could need. Pop onto there or my blog or Fb or…well, wherever you fancy and say hi. I’d love to to hear from you.
Well what can I say?
I’m growing old disgracefully and loving it.
Dh and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest and rattle around in a house much too big for us.
Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak.
I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I’m often seen procrastinating, by checking out the wildlife, looking—only looking—at the ironing basket, and assuring tourists that indeed, I’m not the bed and breakfast. That would mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks and disturbing the dust bunnies as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.
Being able to do what I love, and knowing people get pleasure from my writing, is fantastic. Long may it last.