Inkwell Guest: Allure Van Sanz
Today I’m pleased to welcome fellow romance author, Allure Van Sanz. And what’s cool about her is, she and I share a similar book cover. Hey, I’m not complaining! It’s more Jimmy Thomas to look at! I’d say put your hands together but as you’re reading this, perhaps the proper thing to say is, keep your eyes glued to the screen and say HI to Ms. van Sanz. 🙂
Contest: For a chance to win a free copy of Allure’s newest release, simply leave a comment with your email address. Winner will be announced on April 8th.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? And how did you get your start?
I always liked to write. My first novel was titled Violent Death and it was written in the pages of my Hello Kitty diary. I was in sixth grade. I wrote poems and short stories and at nineteen I wrote my first screenplay titled The Necklace—but in all honesty, I never thought about doing a thing with any of it until I read a really horrible book when I was in my mid-twenties. I remember thinking if something that hideous can get in print, maybe I could get something of mine, equally hideous, in print. About eight years later, I signed my first e-book contract.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I think a writer finds inspiration in everything. And I mean everything. The other day, I watched a bug fly into my wall repeatedly and found myself wondering who the hell was steering! An entire book popped into my head based on that image alone. I once read a quote, which I can’t remember verbatim, that said no incident that happens to a writer is safe from being reported.
What is the one writer’s tool you can’t live without?
My USB. I have two laptops and a PC. I love them all but my work is on a little USB that I take from computer to netbook.
How many words/pages do you do in a day/week/month? And how do you keep yourself motivated to do them?
I try to write about 2000 words a day. Keeping myself motivated is relatively hard, as I find myself constantly plotting new books. I’m a bit ADD—no joke—I am, and it really makes my career goals hard to achieve sometimes. Knowing that, however, I work even harder to prove I can make it as an author.
Whose work has influenced you the most?
Hands down, Virginia Henley. Her book, Enslaved, made me ache to write. If I could create something that made others feel the way that book made me feel, I’d die feeling like I did something. I also have to give a shout out to the first full-length novel I ever completed: Red Branch. The story made me cry, made me hurt. I started reading romance because of it. LOL I needed a happy ending.
Love Revisited is a line of shorts Noble is doing to reintroduce characters from previous books. The first book I ever published was titled From The Ruins, through Noble. I chose to revisit Davit and Jenova because the story is a fictitious take on a very real relationship.
Tell us a little about the book. How about a blurb?
As I mentioned, this little number is a short based on a book I wrote a few years ago title From The Ruins, BUT, it can stand on its own.
A long-dead tribe haunts ancient temple ruins. A temple that Davit used years ago, to possess Jenova’s body and steal her heart. Now, on this annual return trip, she decides it is time for Davit to experience the relaxation that comes with total loss of control.
What other things are you working on?
At the moment, I’m finishing up an erotic romance, editing another, editing a young adult novel (I write under a different name for the YA stuff), plotting another YA and writing its synopsis and partial for my agent. I have three more erotic works with the first few chapters written, I have a series on submission (only the first story is written) and I am launching my collaboration Urban Fantasy/paranormal romance on Amazon titled Murder Creek (only .99 for a full-length read!) and pushing my release which comes out today. Phew!
Probably well-rested. LOL Honestly? I have no idea. I love so many different things about life. I want to be a geologist, an archaeologist, an ER nurse, a reptile rescuer/zookeeper, and the list goes on. So many things fascinate me and I think that’s why writing makes me happy. For a little while, I can get in the head of a character and BE all of those things. I just have to put a lot of time and effort in the research.
What’s your favorite genre to read? What’s your favorite genre to write?
I really love reading Young Adult right now the most, and writing is a tie between all the genres I write—YA, romance, and erotic.
Where to find her on the Intarwebs:
Email her here!
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004RKI5C4