Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Interview with author extraordinaire--Allyson James

As you might have seen, this month I'm featuring Allyson James on contest page and she is giving away an ARC of THE DRAGON MASTER. That's an advanced reading copy of the not yet released book! See http://www.erinquinn.info/ for more details on this and to enter.

Erin: Hi Allyson! Thanks for stopping by. I'm going to jump right in with the intense interview I have planned. Okay, tough and probing question number one: If you could have your choice, what superpower would you like to have? (or, What super hero would you like to be (cat woman or wonder woman, etc)

Allyson: The superpower I’d pick would be strength. Then no one would mess with me. Although walking through walls would be cool. Be handy if I was in a hurry. Or running really fast, which would save on gas.

Erin: Okay . . . note to self, don’t mess with Allyson. Ever. Even without the super powers, she will kick your butt. Moving on . . . Next question. On a bad hair day do you reach for a scrunchi or a hat?

Allyson: Scrunchi. I wear scrunchis every day, so I must have bad hair all the time. :-) Or I’m just hot.

Erin: Woman after my own heart. The scrunchi is one of the most brilliant inventions in all of womankind . . . So . . . Boxers or briefs?

Allyson: On men? (there are boxers for ladies too.) Thongs. Well, on the right guy. Or nothing. I like nothing best. Bare butts are great.

Erin: Ha! Well, I supposed if we’re talking about the men on the covers of your books, my answer is the same. Now for a more up close and person question. What is your most embarrassing moment?

Allyson: There are so many, one doesn’t stand out.

Erin: I think in another life, we must have been related. Weirdest place you ever “did it?”

Allyson: Same as above.

Erin: Intriguing. Note to self—maybe this is the key to writing such great books? Get out of the bedroom and into the closet. Or is that . . . Never mind. Okay, here’s another. Who would be on your “safe list” for sex? (Meaning, even though you’re married, you could still have sex with this one famous person if the opportunity ever arose.)

Allyson: This is a good question. I have no idea! I like the way certain guys look, but if I met them and they turned out to be jerks, I couldn’t do it. I realize we’re talking fantasy, but even in my fantasy, I can’t get past that. But James Marsters would be right up there on the list (he played Spike on Buffy for readers unfamiliar with him.)

Erin: Hmmm, in my fantasy the only talking they do is tell me they are farsighted (which in Erin-world means I don’t have to worry about them seeing my wrinkles, even the ones that look suspiciously like fat rolls) and that I’ve been on their list as well. Ah, the beauty of fiction . . . .
Do you like them big and bulky or deceptively sleek and cut? (talking about muscles on your men, girlfriend. Get your mind out of the gutter, you’re crowding me)

Allyson: Both ways. I like big guys mostly, but slim and trim looks great too (e.g., the guy who plays Sam on True Blood.)

Erin: I’m with you there. Are you a chocolate, potato chip or ice cream girl when the need to have one strikes? Or are you one of those super-freaks who goes running instead?

Allyson: Running? Oh please. Chocolate.

Erin: Truly, not just related, but possible sisters. Oh, and a book question—favorite hero you’ve ever written. Why?

Allyson: Now this is the hardest question of all! Keep in mind I’ve written about thirty-two stories now (putting together all the novels, ebook originals, and novellas). I have many heroes to choose from.

One of my favorites isn’t a romance hero—it’s Captain Lacey from my mystery series written as Ashley Gardner. I seriously want to revisit him and continue the series. He’s honorable, handsome, trim and muscular, smart, and generous.

Another is Hunter from The Gathering (by Jennifer Ashley). He’s funny and sexy, but with a dark side.

Then there’s Rees from Tales of the Shareem: Rees (by Allyson James). He’s to die for.
Oh, wait. I just finished a historical romance called The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (out in April 2009), and Ian is a total babe.

And then there’s Seth, the Fire Dragon in The Dragon Master (Allyson James, Nov. 2008)

Oy, I can’t narrow it down more than that.

Erin: That’s okay—it was a trick question anyway because who can choose. I have to say that Rees is one of my favorite heros. He’s not just to die for, he’s to die of and happily. I had to sit in a tub of ice to read that book and let me tell you, it was not as comfortable as one my think.

Last question: Tell us about your next release and why YOU think we’ll love it.

Allyson: THE DRAGON MASTER, by Allyson James (Berkley, Nov. 2008). Why you’ll love it: A hunky man who turns into a Fire Dragon, a woman who discovers her own latent magical powers, some action-adventure, a little bit of magic, fun secondary characters, Chinese food, and lots of hot romance. I hope you enjoy it!

You can find the DRAGON MASTER at Amazon, B&N and any bookstore with books of quality on their shelves. To read an excerpt, visit Allyson’s site.

Thanks for stopping by! If you'd like to leave Allyson a comment, please do!
Also, check out an interview with me on Calista Fox's fabulous blog at: http://www.calistafox.blogspot.com/. I'm nowhere near as entertaining as Allyson, but I try and Calista is a fabulous hostess.


Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

This has to be one of the best interviews I've ever read. Still laughing.
Oh, and I love Allyson's books...and all her other incarnations as well.

Calista Fox, Author said...

Great questions, Erin! And great answers, Allyson--well, with the exception of the ones you conveniently evaded. ;-) Looking forward to your new book!!

Erin Quinn said...

Hi Kathryne and Calista-- glad you enjoyed the interview. :-) And Calista, you are soooo right. She did evade quite a bit. Who knew under that calm, cool exterior their lurked such evasion and intrigue. Well I guess I should have known if her books are anything to go by, lol.

Meljprincess said...

Hi Kathryne! Hi Calista!

I want to read Allyson's book sooo badly. I really enjoyed the interview. Loved the questions. LOL! I'd have sex with Michael C. Hall. The guy who plays Dexter Morgan in DEXTER.

Mel K.

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner said...

Hey ladies! Sorry about my absense--I've been out of town and about to rush out again tomorrow. Thanks Erin for the interview! It was fun. Every answer is the absolute truth, I swear. :-)

Meljprincess said...

Hi Jennifer! We met in Daytona. U going to RT in Orlando next year? I am. Can't wait to read DRAGON MASTER!!! Hope I win the ARC. :-)

Mel K.

mia_raye said...

Very good interview! I sure am very much looking forward to read more of Allyson's dragons romance novel books. I sure hope to win the giveaway of the new book.

Erin Quinn said...

Mia Raye, I'd love to enter you in the contest! Just go to my website at www.erinquinn.info and click on the contest tab. Instructions on how to enter are there. The contest will be open until the end of the month so hurry up! :-)