About Reggi Allder:
An author of romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, I like nothing better than tales of love lost and then found or stories of heroes and heroines who discover love and then wonder if they’ll live long enough to enjoy it. Can they survive multiple ordeals and carry on to reach their goals and find love?
My characters cope with longings, secrets, lies and betrayals. They control their panic and manage their passion as each fights to discover a hidden strength. It’s a strain for them to remain motivated as the world offers temptations and puts them in untenable situations.
I studied screen writing and creative writing at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and was a past chapter president of Romance Writers of America and current member of RWA. I’m happy to hear from readers. It makes my day.
In my latest contemporary, Her Country Heart, I’ve created Sierra Creek a small California town with big love. Why is Amy Long attracted to the only man who can prevent her dreams from coming true?
Watch for His Country Heart my next novel set the town.
I’ve also contributed to two cookbooks.
I’d Rather Be Writing. The cookbook has recipes and tips from 88 writers on how to save time and still have great meals. See my recipe for a California Chef’s Salad with a spicy twist.
Bake Love Write, see my Holiday Almond Cake on page 239 in paperback and about 243 in the Kindle version -105 authors not only share their favorite dessert recipes, but they also share their best advice on love and writing.
What inspires you to write?
Events in my local area, say a big storm or a small earthquake, can inspire me. I think what if people were caught in it. What would happen? How would it change their lives? Hearing a love song can trigger an idea for a romantic scene. A theme, survival, hope or redemption may also give me inspiration. Sometimes a single sentence uttered by a stranger will prompt an idea for a novel. Did someone say ideas are like wild flowers they propagate everywhere?
If not, they should have. : )
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a pantser. I tried to plot when I first started writing. I had my first bout of writer’s block. Making lists and outlines and plotting every scene is a great idea, but it didn’t work for me. I was lucky to find that out early. I stopped plotting and the writer’s block disappeared. Now I let ideas percolate. Feelings and plot twists come to me as I write. I do have a general idea of where the story will go. Often I know the end of the book before I have a beginning. I don’t work backward. But when I begin the first chapter, even though I don’t have all the characters and the plot turns, I know how the book will end.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes my characters speak to me. Not every time I write but sometimes. If I have an idea and the character has a different one, we have to talk. A female character I wrote didn’t like the name I’d chosen for her. I wanted to call her Helen, a perfectly good name. But she thought it was too old fashioned. I apologize to all named Helen. I still like it. 🙂 But she finally won and I used the name Kelly. See my romantic suspense Shattered Rules.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write something. Set it down on paper or computer and don’t worry about how good it is. Write a letter, short story, or novel and don’t let your inner editor get involved. You can always change it later. Completing it is the thing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Times are changing. I saw an opportunity and I took it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It is in flux. I look forward to seeing what happens next.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance, contemporary
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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