Allyson Lindt, author of a new release from Liquid Silver Books, has stopped by to say “hi” and answer a few questions about “Conflict of Interest”, a hot contemporary romance. Here’s a quick description:
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.
Allyson, let’s get to the fun part of the interview…
1. Do you listen to a playlist while you write? Who’s on it?
I have a play list for almost every book I write. Sometime it’s about setting the tone, and sometimes it’s because a song evoked a specific scene in my mind. But one song goes on almost every play list I’ve ever had – “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid.” By The Offspring. If you know the song, that describes 99% of my antagonists.
I also have a lot of Linkin Park show up. Kelly Clarkson, Halestorm, and just to keep it eclectic (and as an earworm gift for y’all), Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” was my big song for “Conflict of Interest.” There was something about the lines “Your stare was holdin’, Ripped jeans, skin was showin’” That filled my head with images of a well-built, six-foot-something, dark haired guy with gorgeous brown eyes and zero concern (or less) for what anyone – even his board of directors – thinks of the way he dresses.
2. Where did you set your story and why?
Corporate America. And a coffee shop. Easy answer why? That’s where I spend most of my time. I’ve worked in computers for a long time, and the people I’ve met there have been such a huge influence. Oh, and programming geeks? Forget the stereotype of too-tight slacks and white button-downs with pocket protectors. Sharp minds, nimble fingers, some of them are some of the most fun I ever had dating.
And coffee shops because coffee.
3. You cable goes out – what DVD do you put in?
Trick question, right? *laughs* Only because we don’t have cable. But we do stream a lot of movies, so when the internet goes out, we still search for something to watch. The fallbacks right now are the last four “Harry Potter” movies (because I can’t watch just one), or any one of the movies from the “Avengers” lot. Tony Stark + Loki + me = happy fan girl fantasies *grins*
So you’d be the one to ask if the rumors about Loki getting his own movie are true (so noted.)
4. If you got to re-experience the best meal you ever had, what was it and where did you have it?
I have a hard time picking a single best meal ever based on food. But, based on experience, and re-experiencing it. When I was in my early twenties, I was just learning to get out on my own and pretending I was a wild child (Late bloomer or something). I was on one of my first business trips ever, which happened to be in Las Vegas.
I had decided I was going to learn to drink, and my colleagues fully supported this idea. Starting with the hospitality suites, they generously found me one mixed drink after another to try (never warning me that it might be a bad idea to follow a 7&7 with a white Russian, and then a straight bourbon, followed by margaritas. But that wouldn’t hit me until the next morning so it’s neither here nor there.)
One of these women had heard of some place we just had to go for dinner. She wouldn’t say what it was, but it turned out to be a club in one of the casinos on the strip, complete with over 80 different types of rum, and go-go dancers on the catwalk.
The man we were with told the waitress “Bring me whatever kind of rum you recommend.” Expense accounts – Woo! And we drank, and we ate, and I had Brazilian barbeque for the first time, and saw cage dancers in skirts and thigh-high white vinyl boots straight out of the sixties for the first time, and it was a blast.
The bill came, and our colleague’s rum turned out to be the second most expensive in the house. More than the rest of our ticket combined. I’m still not sure if he ever got away with expensing it, but the shock on his face when he realized a single drink could cost that much pretty much sealed that as one of my best meals ever.
5. Cavemen or astronauts?
Tough call. On the one hand: Cavemen – driven by instinct, rough and rugged, and ready and willing to literally fend off wild animals. But there would have to be a shower involved. Hmm…*drifts off into thought* *shakes head* Sorry, what?
Astronauts on the other hand…intelligent (intelligence is so sexy, regardless of what anyone says), still physically fit, and still ballsy enough to take some serious risks in the name of exploration. But there’s the possibility of overthinking things. That can get in the way.
Can I combine both into one? Kind of an caveman/astronaut style morph, kind of like James T. Kirk (from the new movies, in case there was a question).
Combining is cheating but I heartily agree on your role model.
Thanks for visiting, Allyson.
Allyson Lindt has been telling stories since before she could put the words on paper. 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, and she made her authorial debut with a racy, erotic short story on a popular porn site for women. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving couples find their futures together. Find her at http://allsyonlindt.com