Friday, May 10, 2013

Intervew with Allyson, and Celebrate the Small Things

During the entire month of May, Allyson Lyndt is doing a reverse blog tour, highlighting authors and novels from several different genres! I thought this was awesome, and decided to reverse/reverse her blog tour . . . in other words, while she's hosting me today, I'm hosting her too, in a blog swap interview.

1 - What's your ideal writing environment? I have this fantasy of taking a day or two off from everything, finding a quiet hotel room somewhere with no internet, and just writing non-stop. In this vivid and wonderful dream, I live off coffee drinks that are way too sweet, muffins, and whatever the fast food place on the corner is serving, and I write half a book, and it’s glorious.

In reality, I know I’d probably spend 3/4 of the time playing solitaire and staring at the walls. Currently, I find a quiet table in a diner once or twice a week, and scribble down words, and those tend to be such very productive hours, which makes them ideal ^_^

2 - Summer or Winter? Er….um….hmm….I’m a natural redhead, so I sunburn easily, so summer isn’t usually my friend. I’m not too fond of driving in the snow either, but it is gorgeous when it’s white and untouched and muffling the quiet of the entire world. So I’m going to go with winter.  

Especially with big, white flakes drifting from the sky, and me inside with my sweetie, a blanket, and a good movie.

3 - Dogs or cats? Cats. Just like that. We have four, and I adore every single one of them. Dogs are fun, but cats are wicked, mischievous, and 75% ego (also 25% fluff, and 15% empty belly).

4 - What's the craziest thing you've ever done? In my eyes or other people’s? When I was twenty four, I quit my job, packed everything I could fit into a Hyundai hatchback, took $750 in cash, and drove from Salt Lake to Atlanta to split the rent with someone I met on the internet a month earlier, and their roommates. (We got engaged three years later and have been married for almost 11 years now, for the record). I can’t imagine what made me think that was a good idea at the time, but I’ve also never regretted it.

5 - What do you think the coolest invention is that we use today? *laughs* I love that you asked this question, and in return, I expect you to come answer the same question for me and my readers ;-)

This is a tough one. There are lots of things I use on a daily basis, but I don’t think they’re cool. My smartphone? Curse the man who invented that addictive might-as-well-be-another-limb device. My laptop? That’s okay, except it makes me think I should be writing everywhere I go, even when I know I won’t.

I’d have to say bread makers. Possibly the best gadget I’ve ever purchased, and really spiffy when I think about it. I toss in a handful of ingredients, it takes less than five minutes, and three hours later I have fresh bread. How neat is that? Or if I have to be more practical, lasers. Because, lasers.

 Ooh, I get to answer this one too? There are so many cool inventions that it's hard just to pick one. At the moment my instant hot water heater that got my tea water ready in less than two minutes sounds good . . .but in reality, I think that the awesome innovations being done in robotics and prosthetics are seriously cool.
And lasers are really cool - good choice!

6- What question do you always wish someone would ask? Why Loki?

Allyson's new book, Conflict of Interest, is out!

Kenzie propositions a sexy stranger in a coffee shop to prove to herself she’s capable of taking a risk. She doesn’t expect him to be sitting across from her the following Monday as her newest client. Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about what might have happened between them on a personal level if it weren’t for their professional relationship. He knows how to push her buttons, and she doesn’t want him to stop.

Scott has built his software company from the ground up to escape things like stuffy old men telling him how to behave, so he loathes his board of directors ordering him to make the public forget he doesn’t have a verbal filter. When his new publicity manager is the almost-fling he never expected to see again, he seizes the opportunity to have fun and still pretend he’s complying with the board’s edict.
Giving in to desire could mean both their jobs, but each “one last time” always leads to another. Now they have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to indulge this conflict of interest.



Find Conflict Of Interest at:
Liquid Silver Books (All digital formats available)
Allyson Lindt is part-time gamer, a full-time database developer, and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She was lucky enough to marry her muse and soul mate. Their cats are their children, and when they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re building new worlds together. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.
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Hosted by Viklit
1. Gorgeous sunshine every single day this week!
2. I remembered to take my medication every day . . . on Tuesday it was at 3p.m. and ideally it should be taken a half hour before breakfast . . . but I didn't miss. So, I'm managing my thyroid issues slowly.
3. I finished editing and putting together a booklet of my writing students' best work for the end of the year. (students at a homeschool co-operative) It goes to print at Office Depot today.
4. My oldest daughter had 8th Grade Graduation last Saturday from our homeschool co-operative. Eighteen teens, including her, had to stand up in front of a big room while their parents gave a two minute talk about their achievements and showed slides (yes, there were baby pictures).
 8th grade graduation is important at our co-op, because many homeschool families send their kids to private or public high school, or their homeschool kids get so busy with activities or preparations for running start that even a once a week co-op time is too much. 
My daughter's high school plans include homeschooling, lots of busy activity including co-op, and preparations for running start. The focus of my two minute speech was that she's always been on the go since birth.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Might've been crazy, Allyson, but the results were great!
Tyrean, congratulations to your daughter. I take it she survived the baby photos?

Suzanne Furness said...

Sounds like you had a lovely week, Tyrean. Congrats to your daughter. That was a great interview, I'm there with the booking a hotel room for a couple of days quiet writing time!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sounds like you had a productive week, Tyrean. Congrats to your daughter.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - Thanks! She did survive the baby photos.

Suzanne - Thanks!

Rachna - Thanks!

Rebeccah Giltrow said...

The sun has been amazing this week. We've had a few grey clouds, but they've mainly come across in the evening.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to your daughter Tyrean. And loved Allyson's story of the craziest thing she's done.

SK Anthony said...

Crazy fun story for Allyson, yay for 11 years! Congrats on the book.

Tyrean, congratulations to your daughter ;)

Julie Flanders said...

So nice to meet Allyson! Her description of cats made me laugh.

And congrats to your daughter! You must be very proud and that must have been a fun event for your family. :)

Loralie Hall said...

Congrats to your daughter, Tyrean, and thanks so much for hosting me :-D

And so great to meet you all, thank you for stopping by!

M Pax said...

Congrats to Allyson. Internet has to be the coolest invention. I don't need to go to the library to look stuff up anymore.

Congrats to your daughter, Tyrean! Hope your health continues to improve.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats to your daughter! Well done on managing your health issues. Health is top priority!
It's nice to meet Allyson. Thanks for the delightful interview.

Writer In Transit

Al Diaz said...

Congratulations to your daughter!
And HUGE applause to you for remembering taking your med and getting better. Health is most important and people need you. I send you dragon hugs. :D

Tyrean Martinson said...

Al - Thanks for the dragon hugs!

VikLit said...

Congrats to your daughter! And heh of course there were baby pics! :)

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Anonymous said...

Reverse blog tour -- cool idea! And congratulations to your 8th grader. My 8th grade classes have another 5 weeks to go, and my students can't wait for summer. (Neither can I.)

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Shannon Lawrence said...

Sounds like a good week. Definitely a crazy (and brave) thing you did back then! But you were obviously meant to do it.

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