Featured Interview With Allyson Jeleyne
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised just a few blocks from the ocean in sunny South Carolina. I attended college in the same town I graduated high school from, but always dreamed of setting out on my own adventure. While I never quite moved away, I’ve been fortunate to travel and see the world.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve always loved to read. To me, Book Fair day at school was better than Christmas or a hundred birthdays! I loved the thrill of searching for new stories. It was only natural that my love of reading eventually trickled over to wanting to write my own.
In college, I majored in creative writing and journalism. In my spare time, I studied British history and literature, and joined the student writing society at my university. I did whatever I could to learn the craft and practice my skills. Writing is my passion, and I cannot wait to introduce readers to my characters and their world!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’m fascinated by the amazing places books can take me and the fascinating people they can introduce me to. My favorite genres are the ones who push me out of my comfort zone and transport me to faraway lands. I love historical fiction, adventure novels, and romances because, from cover to cover, I can experience things I will never be able to in real life — past events, amazing discoveries, the thrill of a first kiss over and over again.
The people who inspire my writing are the ones who live their lives to the fullest, whether that means climbing Mount Everest or simply taking that first step out the door every morning.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
A LOVE THAT NEVER TIRES takes everything there is to love about historical romance and mixes it with a really great adventure. The story takes place in 1913, just before the First World War. Linley Talbot-Martin is the daughter of an archaeologist and has traveled all over the world, but never seen the British Museum. Patrick Wolford, Marquess of Kyre, dreams of life outside his aristocratic upbringing, but is too afraid to break free from London society. When he meets Linley Talbot-Martin, who dares to shake up his seemingly proper world, he must choose between the life he’s always known and one he never dared to dream of.
I like to say that A LOVE THAT NEVER TIRES is like Downton Abbey meets The Mummy. Readers familiar with those grand historical dramas will recognize the world, but also get to imagine what it would be like to turn it all on its head! The deserts of Morocco, ballrooms of Edwardian London, and jungles of India come to life in this story of difficult love and the lengths people will go in order to be with the person they were meant for.
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