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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Storyteller Saturday Interview: Raven McAllen

Today we welcome Raven who tells us about her latest Regency romance and her not-so-successful visit to the Great Wall of China!

What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi all, I'm Raven McAllan, and I come from Scotland, the land of whisky, deep fried Mars Bar and the midge.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
Well, A Shimmer Of Silk is book two in my Regency series The House On Silk Street. (Book one is Silver Silk Ties.) This is a series of stand-alone books, though they all tie together, and eventually you find out the secret that runs through them.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
That is one of life's mysteries. I truly have no idea. The latest one hit me in the shower, and it had nothing to do with getting clean, showers, or water.

How do you go about creating the perfect "Swoon" worthy man?
I'm a meanie. I give a very rough description and leave it up to the reader to choose what he looks like. I've done this ever since a reader told me she didn't see my hero as my detailed description and it put her off the book.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Gluten free chocolate biscuit tester! On a serious note, back to being a guide at a stately home. I loved it.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Listen to music over a glass of fine wine with D.H.

What’s your greatest weakness?
Chocolate and wine. No contest.

How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I don't, my characters decide for me. It can be darned annoying, but I've learned to accept it.

Do you get the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
Sadly imagination. Though I do think sometimes people look at me and raise an eyebrow.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
Think about it? Seriously, I love holidays, walking, reading, and tapestry.

Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
I lost my bottle on the top of the Great Wall of China and slid 25 foot down on my bum. The rest of the family had walked on, with the lunch, and I had to wait for them to come back. As I waited a man appeared with a besom, and started sweeping. It was where the wall is mud. Surreal.
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.
Her very understanding, and long-suffering DH, is used to his questions unanswered, the dust bunnies greeting him as he walks through the door, and rescuing burned offerings from the Aga. (And passing her a glass of wine as she types furiously.)

A Shimmer Of Silk is book two in The House on Silk Street series. (Book one is Silver Silk Ties) It's set in Regency Times, and revolves around what happens in a house where members of the aristocracy go to indulge their less than usual needs.

Deborah may not know the full truth of her childhood, but she knows she needs to find her soul.

During one of her performances at Silk Street, she attracts the attention of Oliver, Lord Craster. Known for his extreme tastes, he sensed a kindred soul in Deborah.

Persuading her that their needs mesh proves a challenge, even to a man of his experience. Will Oliver be the man she needs to unlock her secrets? Or will his dominance scare her too much to even try?
Are the nightmares simply too strong?

You can purchase A Shimmer of Silk from Evernight Publishing, ARe Amazon. Find Raven on her website, Facebook and her blog.

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