Word-Slingers – Guest Allison Grey

Welcome back for another edition of the Word-Slingers. This week I have another fellow author from Evernight Publishing, Allison Grey. Please give her a nice, warm welcome, and sit back to enjoy.

1)         How long have you been writing?

I’ve been telling stories to my family since I could talk. My mother is a really creative person, and she would tell my brother and I original stories every night before bed. I immediately latched on, and I think I actually began to put them on paper when I was around four. After that, it was history. I believe I started writing full-length novels when I was around eleven. I have actually modeled most of my current characters and ideas around several of those books, but with a more mature outlook, of course. I kept writing novels until I was about twenty, when I lost a boxful of handwritten series I had been working on for years. That scarred me deeply and I didn’t write for some time. I eventually picked back up with short stories and some poetry when I was around twenty-three or twenty-four. I’m looking forward to bringing all the stories that died in that box back to the light. At the risk of sounding cliché, I think I was born to do this. I can’t be anything but a writer, no matter how hard I try.

2)         How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I just earned my AA in English, so no classes have been a big break for me. I’m absolutely horrible at math, so I’ll have quite a few prep classes to tackle in the next year before I go in for my Bachelor’s. I plan to take the spare time to make writing my full-time career. It’s the only job I see myself actually enjoying, although I still want the degree for my own personal satisfaction. I might like to teach Creative Writing someday, but we will see. I have a son who just turned a year old, and it’s been difficult to write with my husband at work all day. I’m planning on seeking some daycare a few days a week to focus on my writing, and so that the time I spend with my son can be more fun and focused for both of us.

3)         When is your next release due out and can you tell the audience about it? I know our books were originally scheduled to come out close to one another, but I think The Discovery has been bumped well ahead of mine. Will you still have a second one coming out in March?

Half-ling: The Discovery should be coming out in late January or early February. It looks like it’s really getting up there, so I’m just waiting on my “definitive” release date. So far, the second book is slated for a March release. I’m just finishing up my with the third installment, and I think it’s been my favorite so far. You can probably expect to see a spin-off in the future, as the third book sets the stage for that possibility. I’m sort of a spin-off addict, because I get really attached to my characters, and have trouble letting their stories go untold. After I finish this one, I have another series idea, and a stand-alone novel I’d like to get to work on. Here’s the blurb for my first book: “Reney Rose looks like a fashion model, but actually spends her days editing real models into the famous So GlamMagazine. With a slew of jealous co-workers ready to burn her at the stake, Reney’s not sure she can take another day in the cubicle. Until she gets news of an intern’s dream come true. Richard Rogan, the dark and striking senior editor of So Glam, has chosen Reney to accompany him to Hawaii! Mr. Rogan has never even spoken to Reney, but his mere presence makes her weak in the knees.

Things get even more heated when she meets Ahulani, a gorgeous Hawaiian whom she feels strangely drawn to. Only, Ahulani has news for Reney. They’re both half-vampires, and Richard is an evil full vampire determined to drain her potent half-ling blood. Reney is falling fast for Ahulani, but will she be able to resist Richard’s hypnotically wicked lust?”

4)         What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?

I love the idea of alternate realities, since I so frequently find myself dissatisfied in our current one. I’m probably a little loopy, but I’ve yet to meet a (good) writer who isn’t a bit crazy! I also have an affinity towards dark creatures-especially vampires-and they have always fascinated me. I’m glad to see that the genre itself is steering away from the Twilight type vampires, and going for the more evil ones. To me, a vampire should be evil. End of story. It’s part of their appeal. Dracula didn’t get so damned sexy doing charity work.

5)         Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I actually write horror pieces under another name, though I haven’t found the success I have in the romance genre. I have a few things floating around, and I’ve been slowly pecking away at a gruesome historical horror novel. It’s been more than a bit neglected since I started writing for Evernight, but I believe like all things, it’s day will come. I used to think I’d like to write YA books, but we’ll see about that. Even though my erotic scenes are less frequent than some other books in the genre, they are still very graphic, so I might find personal trouble in composing “softer” sex scenes. There’s also the issue of language. I tend to write my horror in a very formal, old-fashioned type literary voice. I use a more mainstream voice in my romance work, with the exception of some of my vampires; since they are so old, I work their dialogue accordingly. My very first villain is around three hundred years old, so he speaks formally, but with a present day vocabulary. I have another vampire you will all see later that hasn’t strayed into the modern world, so his English speaking is more reflective of my “horror voice.” I find myself jumping back and forth as I write their dialogue(s), from one style to another. I think it’s all pretty sexy, and hope my readers will as well. However, I’ve found that I enjoy working in all voices with an equal passion, no matter the genre.

6) Silliness 1: Sweet or sour?

Oooo….well, honestly, there are days when all I want is a Twix bar. Like a million of them. I don’t even really like the sour flavor, but occasionally I get the urge to shove as many LemonHeads in my mouth as possible. I like to push my body to physical extremes, and LemonHeads were a gateway drug for me. And yes. I am strange.

7) Silliness 2: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Chocolate, if it’s partially melted. Vanilla if it’s fully frozen. 

It’s been great having you, today Allison. And thank you everyone for coming by. As a sign of her love for her fans (new and old), Allison has elected to give not just one, but TWO copies of her book, Half-Ling: The Discovery. Leave a comment below if you want to be entered. Winners to be chosen next Monday and announced on Tuesday (1/31/12).


Come back on Thursday (1/26/12) for our regularly scheduled Word-Slingers, with Loucinda McGary.

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15 Comments

  1. Great interview. It was great getting to know you, Allison.Like Christine said, I like the idea that your heroine is attracted to someone other than the hero–and of course him too, lol.That makes for great conflict.

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  2. Thanks, everyone! I appreciate any and all support, and it is always wonderful to meet other authors as well as readers. I was kind of worried about my heroine being unlikable because of her conflict with the hero and villain, but I think ultimately, it makes her more human. It's good to see that others enjoy the premise!

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  3. I am glad I am not the only one who gets so darned attached to her characters. This was a great interview and the book sounds very intriguing. I appreciate that your old vampires speak more formally. I have never tried my hand at paranormal writing but I sure love reading it.

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  4. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. Romance Reader, that's a good question. In fact, I was just sitting here discussing with my husband that I wonder if there IS a suitable/discernible genre for me! As the series progressed, I think I started slipping into the lines of horror, though it is still a romance. This is one of the toughest (and most nerve-wracking) things I've ever done!

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