Interview with romantic suspense, new adult author Ketley Allison

Author Ketley Allison joins me today to talk
about her new romantic suspense thriller, To
Have and To Hold.
of Romantic Suspense, New Adult and mature Young Adult novels.

Ketley Allison has always been a romantic at
heart. That passion ignited when she realized she could put those dreams into
words and her soul into characters. Ketley was born in Canada, moved to Australia
when she was thirteen, to California when she was twenty, and finally to New
York to attend law school, but most of that time was spent sitting in coffee
shops and wine bars thinking of her next book.

Her other passions include coffee, wine, Big Macs,
her cat, and her husband, possibly in that order.

Welcome, Ketley. Please tell us about
your current release.
To sum it up,
TH&TH is about lost love and kidnapping, ha! Basically, it boils down to
what chances you would take to find the person you gave up years ago but
realize you still love. Of course, I throw in a lot of roadblocks, but my goal
is to have readers on the same desperate trail and wanting these two characters
to end up back together for a second chance.
What inspired you to write this book?
I started
TH&TH over a year ago, and due to a lot of upheaval in my own life, these
trials transferred into my characters. Although Spence and Emme have a much
different (and more insane) adventure than me, a lot of their feelings, hopes,
determination and terror come from my own experiences. Because of that, they’re
the most authentic characters I’ve ever created and very close to my heart. I
can only hope to take readers into their world and keep them there until the
very end.
Excerpt from To Have and To Hold:
“It’s Emme, Spence.”
I stiffened as that name traveled from
Knox’s throat and into my ear. Thoughts and memories took hold, that name
turning into a face.
Eyes the darkest shade of green.
Cascades of ink-black hair. A smile to melt me.
“You’re wrong.” I said. “You’ve spent a
few too many hours off the clock and twice that amount on booze and now you’re
blowing up my phone because you’re hallucinating. Right? Right, Knox?”
 “You heard me,” Knox said, though not with
unkindness. He sounded tired, resigned. Scared. “It’s been confirmed. The woman
taken is Emme Beauregard. It’s Em.”
My knees hit
the floor.
What exciting story are you working on
finishing the final installment to my Falling Paper Duet (title and book cover
to be released in the next few months). It’s a romantic suspense with a jaded girl
and a wounded man, involving poker, mafia bosses, the FBI and, of course, rediscovering
love. As I grow as a writer, so do my characters, so readers will find that
Scarlet and Theo have changed a lot since Paper Dolls, the first installment.
When did you first consider yourself a
As soon as I
could read. Though honestly, it was through Sailor Moon. When I was really
young, I loved this show. I wanted to be Sailor Moon so badly and have my own
Darien/Mamoru. As this wasn’t possible in real life, I realized where I could
put myself in Serena/Usagi’s place—through writing and stories. Since then,
I’ve never looked back!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I wish so
badly I could write full time! But I’m a lawyer by day, had a baby last year,
and a husband to bring me Big Macs on demand. It’s a full schedule, but I try
to write at least 2k words a day. This year, I plan to release three novels
(TH&TH included), finish my series, and really give readers what they’ve
been waiting for from me.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I need a
glass of wine to write sex scenes.
(Truly, it
loosens me up and I can create a kind of heat—and figure out words other than
“throbbing”—I never otherwise would’ve!)
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Sailor Moon!
Or, if that failed, an author just like my favorite, Nora Roberts. (Yes, I know
I’m a lawyer, but I’ve even utilized that
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I am BACK!
Any unfinished series of mine will be finished this year, and the idea for another
standalone is already in the works.
And, if
readers love To Have and to Hold,
there is also a prequel available, From
This Day Forward
, which is a look into Emme and Spence’s past and how they
met, as well as other secrets!
you so much for having me, Lisa!
Happy that you could be here!

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