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Jun 08

Get to Know Reggi Allder

ReggiPhoto Smaller (2)Please say hello to my friend, colleague and critique partner, Reggi Allder.

Hi Anna, thank you for having me.

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write. Even as a kid I told stories to my friends. It always surprised me when they listened and asked for more.

I’ve lived in rural towns and large metropolis in California and the Northwest. They were all enjoyable in their own way. Before writing, I worked in the medical field and as an advertising manager.

I love to curl up with a great book. Whether it’s a favourite author or a new author, I look for books filled with love and suspense or a wonderful contemporary with a family winning when the odds are against them.

With a delicious cup of decaffeinated coffee, made with Fair Trade beans, I can stay up late reading. Yeah, even with decaf, a good book keeps me awake.

BTW, I have a wonderful husband and two great kids.

What is your favorite season?
I’d say two seasons, spring and autumn. Every year I look forward to the vivid spring flowers and I enjoy the fall weather and the beauty of the turning leaves.

Do have any personal heroes/heroines?
My grandmother is a hero of mine. The oldest of eight children, she had to leave school at a very young age to take care of her brothers and sisters when her mother became ill. But she loved learning. And though she only had a grade school education, she taught herself about business and went on to start her own successful one. She taught me persistence and to look for the positive side of life.

Do you have any hobbies?
I collect classic movies and antique tea cups. I used to spend hours doing needlework, including crewel and embroidery. Now writing takes up more and more of my time. I like photography and long walks. When I start a walk, I always have some kind of a camera with me even if it’s only my cell phone.

Do you like animals? Pets?
Yes. As a kid I wanted a horse and every year I’d ask my father for one. We lived in town with a small backyard, no room for a horse. And we didn’t have the budget to buy and keep a horse somewhere else. We had a dog and a cat, but I never forgot my love of horses and enjoyed researching the American Quarter Horse for my hero in Her Country Heart.  I have two dogs, a purebred and a SPCA rescue mutt. They are an important part of the family and always have something to bark about. : )

What is your feeling about social media? Love? Hate?
I love the communicating with people from all over the world and I see the beneficial aspects of it for writers. Unfortunately, it takes a big chunk of time out of the day that I could spend writing.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
I can be inspired to write by events in my local area, a say a big storm or a small earthquake. I think what if two 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 with the current characters of a work in progress. 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.
In my suspense novels news articles are sometimes a jumping off point.

HerCountryHeart_CVR (1) lighter versionThe thought of living off the land and being self-sufficient was my inspiration for Her Country Heart. While living in Los Angeles, I often heard people wish they could leave the city and live on the land, no traffic, and no time clock. I wondered what if a single mother returned from the city to her rural home to make it on her own. Without any experience farming, what would happen?

Is your book part of a series? If so do you enjoy writing series?
Her Country Heart is book one in the Sierra Creek Series with gorgeous cowboys, and determined women all in the small town of Sierra Creek.

Book two of the series, His Country Heart, follows the main characters from the first book and the people of the small town. I have plans for a third book.

I like the people who populate the book, and as a pantser, I look forward to them revealing their story as the books continue. : )

Buy links:

US

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012U5UTGW
www.amazon.com/author/reggiallder

UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B012U5UTGW
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00G05PJRS

Australia
https://www.amazon.com.au/Her-Country- Heart/dp/B012U5UTGW

Canada
http://www.amazon.ca/Her-Country- Heart/dp/B012U5UTGW

Newsletter and a chance to win a book
reggi@reggiallder.com
Write the word newsletter in the subject line. Good luck.

Excerpt

“Sierra Creek,” the driver shouted as the Greyhound Bus came to an abrupt stop on the two lane highway.

Amy Long pushed her hair behind her ears and grabbed her worn suitcase. Surprised to see her hand tremble, she seized the case with both hands and rushed toward the front of the bus.

A gust of hot wind slapped her face and gravel pelted her bare legs as the bus pulled away. Sierra Creek population five thousand, she read a faded road sign. There wasn’t a building in sight.

After years living in city, she’d forgotten how sweltering and desolate it was here. She’d vowed never to return home. Odd it was the first place that came to mind when she and her young son needed a fresh start.

With Granny gone, there was no family left to welcome her. She swallowed a sob. Maybe it was a mistake to come back.

The relentless afternoon sun beat down and her shoulders and arms began to redden. San Francisco, the air conditioned city, seemed a million miles away.

She cleared her dry throat and wiped perspiration from her forehead. What wouldn’t she give for some shade and a bottle of ice water?

With a sigh, she pulled out her smart phone and checked the time. Thirty minutes since she’d arrived at the bus stop and not a single car had gone by. Where was the arranged ride into town?

Granny’s handyman promised to meet her. He obviously wasn’t a stickler about being on time. She groaned and reminded herself she was in the California foothills not in a busy metropolis where time was money.

The sound of a truck rumbled in the distance. With the back of her hand, she wiped her bangs out of her eyes and squinted. Hopeful, she watched the pick-up come closer. A shiny black Ford F150 with extended cab pulled up in front of her.

“Amy,” a man yelled through the open window as his dark hair fell casually over a high forehead and deep-set blue eyes sparkled in the sunlight. She moved nearer and viewed his wide cheekbones, clean shaven jaw and full lips. About thirty?

“Hi.” A flutter of recognition stirred in her as palpable charm radiated from his broad smile, Wyatt Cameron.

His muscular arms flexed as his huge hands squeezed the steering wheel. “Don’t just stand there. Get in. The judge is waiting.”

 

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  1. Susan LyonsFox

    Great interview, Reggi! Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman and a wonderful role model. And I’m with you on having wanted a horse when I was a kid – and on always having a camera handy when I go for a walk. Good luck with your new book.

    1. Reggi

      Thank you, Susan! My grandmother was a great role model. She was only 4’11” but she never let anything get in the way of her goals. : )

  2. Sylvie Grayson

    Hi Reggi,
    Love the idea of someone with no experience trying to live off the land. Lots of hard work would be number one, I guess. From your excerpt, it is a great last line – Get in. The Judge is waiting.
    Can’t wait to read it,
    Sylvie

    1. Reggi

      Hi Sylvie,
      Thanks for the kind words, glad you could stop by!
      So true about the hard work, I don’t think I’d have the energy to do it even so, I admire anyone who can. : )

  3. Cora Seton

    Great premise, Reggi! I think a lot of people have the desire for a simpler life. Whether or not country life is truly simpler is another thing altogether, though. 🙂

    1. Reggi

      Thanks, Cora!
      I have the feeling the simpler life is much desired but very hard to find. Lol.

  4. Alice Valdal

    Nice post Reggi. I grew up on a farm and I can assure you it is a lot of hard work, but a great life. If you’ll excuse my bragging a little, I had a horse — several in fact. 🙂

    1. Reggi

      Thanks for stopping by, Alice. It’s okay to brag about the horses. But I am a little jealous. Lol!

  5. Carmen

    Hey, Liked your interview and read the excerpt. Want to read the whole book. Is it in paperback or just an electronic book? I would rather have a paperback.
    Carmen

    1. Reggi Allder

      Hey Carmen, Thanks for your interest. The book is in both paperback and eBook format. Pleased you could stop by! : )

  6. Ros

    Great interview, Reggi. I have a collection of antique teacups (most from my mother) that I just love and I desperately wanted a horse growing up too. 🙂 Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman.

    1. Reggi

      Thank you, Roz! It is so good to hear from you! How wonderful you have your mother’s teacups! : )

  7. Jo-Ann Terpstra

    Hi Reggie
    I loved your interview. Like the other ladies, I admire your grandmother. That generation forged strong character in people and she sounds like a diamond. I also love china tea cups and of course writing. Your excerpt is intriguing. Thanks for a great read.
    Jo-Ann Carson

    1. Reggi Allder

      Thank you for your comments!! I’m so please you enjoyed it, glad you could stop by!!

  8. Richard McMullen

    Interesting to find out how you get inspiration for your books.
    Ricky

    1. Reggi Allder

      Hi Ricky,
      So nice of you to say hi, I’m always looking for inspiration everywhere I go. 🙂

  9. Jacquie Biggar

    Hi Reggi, love your new cover! Your grandmother sounds like she was very special. Like everyone else, I dreamed of having a horse also, unfortunately I have a bad hay allergy so had to live vicariously through Alec Ramsey (The Back Stallion) 🙂
    Best of luck!

    1. Reggi Allder

      Hi Jacquie, thanks for coming by. Oh no a bad hay allergy, but yeah, The Black Stallion works. : )

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