Featured Interview With Blake Allwood
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in rural west Tennessee but as soon as I turned eighteen, I headed north. I went to school in a tiny town called Lamoni, Iowa and when I graduated I landed in Kansas City where I stayed until recently. My husband and I recently moved full time into an RV and now he, our two exceptionally spoiled dogs and I are exploring the country.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Sometime in high school, I became rather obsessed with romance novels. Bless my poor southern librarian’s heart she just rolled with it. Mary Stewart was my first love in romance novels but I’ve fallen for many more. I started writing about two years ago after my foster son came home crushed from a one night stand that didn’t’ go well. I wanted him to see that gay men could find and fall in love too…
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Oh wow, so I do love Nora Roberts. I think I aspire to be like her as a writer. I also love Lucy Lennox who has really helped me expand my horizons in the world of gay romance. I read all sorts of things but at the moment I’m fairly focused on gay romance of course.
As for what inspires me, I think helping other gay men experience the happily ever after effect that a good straight romance has but with a twist so it meets the needs of our community.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Aiden Inspired was a total hoot to write. Aiden is sort of sick of living in the big city and although he has a good life there it isn’t really inspiring him. When he runs across a profile for a gay rancher in the middle of nowhere Eastern Washington, he is blown away and before he knows it, he’d created his most impressive masterpieces yet.
Wanting to thank his muse, he travels to the wilds of Washington… the rest of the story picks up there. No spoiler alerts here, you’ll have to read it to find out the rest.
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