Interview with Alannah Lynne

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The biggest joy for me is making new friends through my writing. I adore my readers! They are the reason I'm here, without them, I'm nothing. I try to interact with as many as possible through FB, and sometimes through Twitter. *said mumbling and stumbling over the word Twitter* because, honestly, I'm not that great at Twitter (I can't say anything in under 140 characters!). But I have a Masters Degree in Facebooking, so please come visit with me there!
What do your fans mean to you?
I think I've already answered this, but I don't mind repeating myself on this. My fans mean EVERYTHING to me!
Who are your favorite authors?
Boy, this is always so hard to answer, because I have lots of favorite authors in lots of genres. JR Ward, Janet Evanovich, Suzanne Brockmann, Joey W. Hill, Leslie Kelly, Julie Leto, Carly Phillips are a few of them. My all-time favorite, though, is Janelle Denison/Erika Wilde. Janelle's "The Wilde Side" was the first romance I read (yeah, I was a late bloomer!), and to this day, I'm still madly in love with Scott Wilde. Janelle's Wilde series inspired me to try my hand at writing, and she's been incredibly supportive over the years, so she always tops my all-time fave list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Facebook!! LOL Actually, that's only partially true. I do spend way too much time on there, but I love hanging out with my friends, so it's hard to make myself stay away. When I'm not on FB, I'm usually working on the business side of being an author, or I'm hanging out with my husband. If you want to hang out with me on FB, you can find me at Facebook.com/AuthorAlannahLynne
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually word of mouth from readers and friends. We read a lot of the same things, so I listen to their suggestions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure do!! SAVIN' ME was the first story I wrote. I ended up rewriting it, from start to finish, four times. REACTION TIME was the first story I had published, but a crude version of SAVIN' ME was written first.
Describe your desk
I have two desks. One is a tiny little thing shoved into the corner of my bedroom that's barely big enough to hold my computer (I have an all-in-one computer, so it's bigger than just a monitor). I have a small amount of space in front of the computer where I can put a notebook or sheets of paper, and that's where I do all of my first draft writing.

I have a larger desk in the living room that's always piled high with mounds and mounds of paper. It's where I sit to do the business side of writing, and where I also take care of the household paperwork, etc. Hopefully, one day soon, I'll have a real office!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern Ohio, right at the Kentucky/West Virginia borders. I don't think living there has influenced my romances, but I have a mystery series in the works that was heavily influenced by living there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There were a couple of different things that motivated me to strike out on my own and be an indie author. I've had two books published with epress publishers, and I was a little frustrated at the lack of support I received from the publishing houses, and the inability to change descriptions, or covers, or price, or whatever might be needed to shake things up and generate more interest in the book. Once it's put on sale, that's it. It's locked in and there's nothing that can be changed.

The length of time it takes to get a book out to the readers also frustrated me. I had a publishing house interested in LAST CALL, but it was going to be 2013 before they assigned an editor and 2014 before it was published (this was mid-2012). I knew I could have it out to the readers in just a few months if I did it myself. So, in a huge leap of faith, I withdrew the submission, got the rights for SAVIN' Me back, and used those two books to launch the Heat Wave series.

I'm also a control freak, so I love having total control over my career. Whether I succeed or fail, it's totally up to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on two Heat Wave stories right now. The first is a Christmas novella. It's a reunion story, so the readers can catch up with their favorite characters and see how everyone is doing (as well as meet the new additions!). :-) I hope to have that out in time for Thanksgiving (2013). The other one is Book #4 (I still don't have a title). It's Callie and Wade's story, and it will be out in early 2014.
How do you approach cover design?
I use a professional cover artist. I have Photoshop and enjoy playing around with projects, but the covers of my books are too important for me to "play" with. I trust my designer to not only select an image that conveys the tone of the story, but to also apply unique touches that makes the cover stand out.
Published 2013-10-07.
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Books by This Author

Coveted (Pandora's Playground #1)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,100. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Having Muriel in his life is all Mathew has ever wanted. She’s his heaven and his hell, and could be his salvation if he can get beyond his past, his shame, and the guilt he feels for not having saved her husband’s life.
Matter of Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,000. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When his identical twin surprises him with a reintroduction to Lizbeth Sanders, Logan steele feels like he’s been given a second chance—at life and love. But a lot can change in fifteen years, and after hurting her so badly the first time, building trust isn’t just hard, it’s nearly impossible—especially when duty and obligation pulls him away again.
Going All In (Heat Wave Novel #4)
Series: Heat Wave. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,230. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
In GOING ALL IN, a good ol’ Georgia boy teaches a Myrtle Beach princess how to get down and dirty…
A Christmas Heat Wave
Series: Heat Wave. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,060. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Spend the holidays with your friends from the Heat Wave Series, and meet the new additions.
Crossing Lines (Contemporary Romance) (Heat Wave Novel #3)
Series: Heat Wave, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,660. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(5.00)
Bored with her current assortment of vibrating, plastic pieces, building inspector Sam Wallace decides to add a new sex toy to her collection: Kevin Mazze.
Last Call (Contemporary Romance) (Heat Wave Novel #2)
Series: Heat Wave, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,940. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(5.00)
For the first time in years, Sunny Black puts herself first, taking a trip on the wild side with a customer whose raw sexuality is too strong to deny. The next morning, however, she learns that in addition to rocking her world, the stranger might destroy everything and everyone she’s worked so hard to protect.
Saving Me (Heat Wave Novel #1)
Series: Heat Wave, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 69,170. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
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Advertising executive Kat Owens has one last chance to prove to her aging grandfather she can be a success. She can’t afford to be distracted by a charming, bad-boy client she knows from personal experience delivers high-voltage sex but nothing more.