I’d like to give a great big welcome to Raven McAllan! She has swung by the Spicy Butterfly Garden and allowed me to ask her some questions about being an author and her latest Evernight Publishing release, Master. Welcome Raven!
Give us the title and genre of your book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.
Cade and Anna are caught in the same nightmare and Anna’s only way to cope is to reject him and her need to submit.
When she is forced to confront her fears, can Cade and Anna find common ground, or is the nightmare simply going to continue?
Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?
I really have no idea. In fact as I’m a total pantster, I didn’t know where it was going until the words were on the paper so to speak. At times I wondered if we’d ever get a good ending in any way at all.
The idea of someone who knows what they want, or thinks they do, but doesn’t know how to achieve it, always intrigued me, and both Anna and Caden have that problem. It was hard at times, and I cried with them, as I tried to unravel their past and their present. Does that sound silly? The only way I can write is to listen to my characters and do as they say. I can’t have a plot, because it never works out. I know where I hope it will go, but how I’m going to get there? No idea. Which doesn’t actually answer your question which I guess is no… grin
Doesn’t sound silly at all. It is hard to understand unless you are a writer what it’s like to have characters living in your head. We think we direct the story, but often times the characters do tell us what they want! 🙂
What was your favorite scene to write? Why?
It’s only a tiny part of the story, but it’s where Anna storms out after giving her boss her ex and her mates a piece of her mind. I could so see her, and feel her indignation, anger and sadness over what had happened. No I’m not telling you what, because it’s a spoiler. Let’s just say, once she calms down, she dishes out retribution… I like a feisty heroine.
Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.
The house Anna goes to, is based on a house we holiday in. The owners were ‘tickled pink’ I used it. I’m not sure if they know I changed one of the bedrooms into a dungeon though!
As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story. How do you come up with the title to your stories?
Usually the story suggests the title, and most times I have a title before I write. Master actually went through three title changes, and it was Evernight Publishing who came up with this, which sums the story up perfectly. I love it.
What was your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?
Having someone ask me if I was that woman who wrote hot books 😉
To be less flippant, it’s the lovely deep down satisfaction that I’ve written something that other people want to read. I can’t please everyone, and I know that, but if one person says, “Oh I enjoyed that.” Well it’s great. I couldn’t not write, so being able to do so and get published is a dream come true.
I agree wholeheartedly. It is quite amazing when someone tells you they loved your book!
What book (or books) are you reading now?
A crime novel Eye for an Eye by Frank Muir. Actually I’m rereading it. It’s set in St Andrews where my daughter went to uni. When I bought it the guy in the bookshop told me I’d want her home immediately. I must admit, I’d say, do you know so and so and she’d reply, “Oh yeah that’s the short cut I use. The one we call raper’s alley.” Yeah Hmm… Anyway haven’t read it for seven or eight years, so re reading it now. It’s a stomach clencher I tell ya.
I’ve also got Wolf on The Hill By Jorja Lovett all lined up as soon as I’ve written the blog 🙂
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I used to be able to touch my nose with my tongue? snigger Sadly old age has taken its toll, or my tongue is shorter, because I’ve just tried it and it didn’t work. I always say my hobbies are cross stitch, fine wine and travel…
We’d get along great! Aside from the cross stitch, I love fine wine and traveling too!
Favorite Food? Chocolate
Like I said… we’d get along great. Chocolate should be another recommended food group! 🙂
Favorite Song? Mrs, Robinson
Favorite Movie? Bull Durham
Favorite place on Earth? Simitai Great Wall Of China. To stand there, hear the silence and just ‘be’. It is amazing.
Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book?
Well I hope its tantalizing…
“Were you looking at my ass?” Anna demanded. He noticed the tell-tale blush on her cheeks and did a mental high five. So she might sound annoyed, but her body was showing different. Maybe this was going to be an interesting meeting.
“Oh yes. Nicer than I remembered.”
“Bastard.” There was no anger in her voice. “Dickens, meet Cade. Friend, Dickens, he’s a friend. Well, until I tell you otherwise.”
Cade held his hand out, hoping the Old English Sheepdog understood what friend meant, and that Anna hadn’t taught the dog that when she said friend he attacked. Luckily, she hadn’t. The dog padded over to him, sat on his haunches and offered a paw, which Cade took, before he scratched Dickens behind the ears.
“See, he likes you.” The unspoken words for now hung in the air. “Okay, you’d better come in. Shut the door, please.”
Cade did as she asked and followed her and the dog across the hallway and into another room. He looked around him, surprised at what he saw. When they’d lived together, their home had been all cool, calm colors, minimalistic and modern. This was the very opposite.
“Er.” He waved his hand towards the soft squidgy-looking settee. “It looks comfy.”
Anna turned to him and smiled. He’d bet his new Shibari cord she had no idea what her smile did to him. Every fiber of him wanted to grab her, hold her clit to cock, and kiss her senseless. Before he used that new rope on her and showed her how beautiful she would look dressed—or undressed—only in that. His body shook with the effort of remaining where he was and having the poker face he was famed for.
“It is. Try it out while I get some coffee.”
The way she spoke, as if his input into the proceedings was irrelevant, made him grit his teeth. Her next words made his blood boil.
“Then you can tell me why you felt you had to come and stalk me at home.”
If you’re like me and want to know a bit about the author, well here are the nosy links…
Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband and their two cats—their children having flown the nest—surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.
She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge.
A lover of reading, she appreciates the history inside a book, and the chance to peek into the lives of those from years ago. Raven admits that she enjoys the research for her books almost as much as the writing; so much so, that sometimes she realizes she’s strayed way past the information she needs to know, and not a paragraph has been added to her WIP.
Her lovely long-suffering husband is learning to love the dust bunnies, work the Aga, and be on stand-by with a glass of wine.
You can find out more about Raven here…
https://www.facebook.com/rmcallan (my page)
https://www.facebook.com/ravenmcallan (author page)