With all the other responsibilities in my personal and professional life, the hardest part was committing time to writing for myself each day. But more important was realizing there were days when I simply needed to step back from it and let ideas marinate.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
At its heart Her Love and Regrets is a love story. Janine Powell is a woman of considerable accomplishments who-for a variety of reasons-walked away from the love of her life, Michael Josey. But when a group of law school friends plan a getaway, she knows she'll see him again and the thought is both exhilarating and unsettling. In the weeks leading up to the trip, a flood of erotic memories which include BDSM explorations with Michael overwhelm her. When she sees him, she begins to truly understand and embrace her truth- theirs was a love rooted in friendship, compassion, trust and desires expressed in traditional and taboo ways. That realization brings her to an important decision. I won't tell you the rest because your followers have to read the book!
What inspired you to write this book?
Honestly, I was enjoying fabulous wine with a group of friends in Manhattan and I got completely distracted. I noticed a man and woman who had a chemistry that was palpable and yet, they didn't seem to be 'a couple.' I watched the way they looked at each other and the subtle exchanges between them. My imagination went wild imagining a backstory for them. One idea led to another. As the story took shape, I realized that I really wanted to tell a love story that accurately and loving portrayed true BDSM practitioners.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
Generally I write at least two to three hours per day just for me. However, at different points along the journey, I was writing up to six hours per day! It was nuts! Again between all my other responsibilities and this trilogy project, there were days when I was working eighteen to twenty hours a day. But I never felt more alive and invigorated.
Name your top 5 books
Clearly this list changes depending on how I'm feeling, but today I'd have to say,
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-William Shakespeare
Catch-22- Joseph Heller
The Color Purple-Alice Walker
Interview with a Vampire--Anne Rice
What are you working on now?
I'm taking a break. But I've been jotting notes and ideas in preparation for a period piece set on the eve of the American Revolution. I'm also working on a piece I'm tentatively calling Catch and Release. It'll be a first-person perspective about a woman who wholly owns her sexuality and pursues partners for the fun of it-but that has consequences. My website www.chevelleallen.com has a section that lists future titles/concepts that are in "my queue."
Title: Her Love and Regrets
Author: Chevelle Allen
Genre: Erotic Romance
As CEO of the Remington Foundation, Janine Powell is living her dream and making a difference. But an invitation to join old law school friends on a Belize getaway unleash memories of the man who forever changed how she viewed love, trust and the very meaning of intimacy. Choosing to confront her most intimate past, she agrees to join them knowing Michael Josey will be there.
Their chemistry is undeniable but emotional entanglements make their reunion anything but happily ever after. Janine soon discovers just how Dominant Michael’s become in their years apart as he takes her further into BDSM play. Freeing her mind and body becomes far easier than giving her heart—the one thing he wants most.
Chevelle Allen is the pen name of an exciting new author whose professional background includes writing for Emmy Award winning television. Unleashing her alter ego, Chevelle creates vivid characters and compelling narratives that leave you engaged, blushing and begging for more. Her Love and Regrets is the first novel of her completed trilogy which includes His Pleasures and Pain and Their Now and Forever – all scheduled for release by June 2016.
Author Website: http://www.chevelleallen.com/
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