I love to share those hidden gem authors. You know, the authors you hear about when talking with your friends over a good glass of wine. This is one budding romance author I’ve just got to share with you.
Let me introduce you to Allen Roberts. His new novel, Dominated by Romance, is a steamy romance that explores how no one can run from true fate and love. It’s a great read during these lockdown and isolation times, and I am proud to have the chance to ask Allen all sorts of questions. From reading memories, to advice for new writers, Allen Roberts tells all.
- What is your favorite memory from reading as a child?
Allen Roberts: A funny fact about me is that when I was a child, I loved to read. I had a few bookcases full of books. Everything from the illustrated classics like Treasure Island, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, etc. to the entire Hardy Boys series and so on. However, as an adult I prefer to write fiction than read it. The reading that I do now is primarily non-fiction books on business, sales and marketing, etc. and its usually on audio. But I would have to say my favorite memory from reading was doing so with my mother. Especially now since she has passed on.
- Who was your favorite author and how did they influence you?
Allen Roberts: I enjoy the works of various authors for various reasons. Of course, Stephen King is the master of horror. I’ve always been inspired by his style of writing a specific amount each day and letting your creative ideas flow and take the story wherever it may go. Also, I’ve always liked the works of John Grisham.
- Do you have a writing routine? Explain what works for you.
Allen Roberts: I find that I’m most creative early in the morning and late at night. I can’t be sure, but I believe it has to do with the peace and quiet around me and the calm and relaxed state of my mind at those times. I generally don’t write in continuity. I tend to write a scene at a time, usually out of order, and then weave them all together. Since childhood, I’ve had an attention deficit. So, I find that breaking large projects into smaller ones works best for me, keeping me engaged and focused.
- What subjects would you like to write about in future projects?
Allen Roberts: I actually have three other stories in the plotting stage after I finish the sequel to Dominated by Romance which I plan to release later this summer. I’m not certain yet if they will be three different series or if they will be three standalone books, but all of them are romance novels.
- How did you get started writing romance?
Allen Roberts: I have always had a strong inclination to write romance. Multifaceted love stories that delve into the characters’ emotions and desires and evoke emotion in readers. I just never took the steps to put myself out there. Now that I have, I’m very happy with the process and look forward to enjoying the results.
- What would be a favorite recipe for your character Kelly Branson?
Allen Roberts: One of my favorite recipes is a Chicken Alfredo made with a cream cheese-based sauce. I can see Kelly’s character enjoying a dish like that. Especially if it was made for her by Elliott from scratch.
- Who would be your choices to play Kelly and Elliott in a movie of your book “Dominated by Romance”?
Allen Roberts: Ok, I know this will sound crazy, but for Elliott, I see Leonardo DiCaprio because Elliott almost seems to me like a mixture of the romantic gentleman Jack Dawson in Titanic and the successful and confident Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street. Both of which, he portrayed very well.
For Kelly, I’d have to say I’m not completely sure. It would have to be someone who could portray Kelly’s timid yet strong personality and bring her transformation to life. Perhaps Dakota Johnson?
- Did you use any inspirational playlist or other things to help you get in the zone to write Dominated by Romance?
Allen Roberts: I generally don’t listen to music or anything while I write only because it’s a distraction for me. My “zone” generally comes from excitement. I’ll get an idea and be like, “Oh, that would be good for the book” and as I expand the idea in my mind, it excites me and inspires me to write it out.
- What advice do you have for beginning romance writers just starting their writing journey?
Allen Roberts: Just do it. Put yourself out there and don’t hold back. Perception is reality and the results will be whatever they will be, but at least you’ve done something that is important to you and that makes you happy. Not everyone can say they’ve done that.
- What is writing to you in one sentence?
Allen Roberts: To me, writing is a powerful release of imagination and emotion.
Recommended Read: Dominated by Romance by Allen Roberts
Dominated by Romance is a story about a young woman that has never had luck with love. Kelly Branson has reached her mid-twenty’s experienced conclusion; all men end in toxic relationships. She swears off love and relationships insisting that love is just not for her.
Then, in walks Elliot.
Sidestepping him doesn’t work. He keeps coming back, empowered to try harder with her. He senses her hurt and pain, and works to unlock the obscure desires within her. He mesmerizes her into breathtaking fantasy play, which compels her to confront her beliefs and discover herself in ways she never knew possible.
Will he bring her back to the side of love? Will she let herself discover passion again?
Dominated by Romance is available at Amazon.com and is a Kindle Unlimited title.
Join Allen Roberts for a promotional event on Facebook to celebrate the release of his new book. Fun, games, and prizes are involved in this FB party on Friday, April 30, 2021, 7pm-9pm EDT. Come join the fun at: http://facebook.com/allenrobertsbooks.
For more information on Allen Roberts, please visit his website here.