I’m kidding. Honestly, I’m not going to steal your brains—or your personality.
Sometimes, when I share with new acquaintances that I’m an author, they flinch away, saying, “Don’t put me in one of your books!” Others ask, “Where do you get your ideas from?” while giving me suspicious looks, as if I’m in the process of mentally robbing them of their identities.
For me, it doesn’t really work that way. There are tiny bits of a whole army of real-life people in each character, but I don’t decide, “Okay, Claire from Erotic Experiments is one-third my Aunt Betty, one-quarter the guy who works at the gas station, and five-twelfths my third-grade teacher.” My heroes and heroines jump into my head fully formed. Their quirks and foibles are not really conscious decisions on my part; the characters just are how they are. Claire is Claire, and Ed is Ed.
Because of that, they constantly surprise (and frustrate) me. When I write, the characters are driving the bus. Sometimes, things get bumpy. Really bumpy. All I can do is hold on, squeeze my eyes closed, and try to enjoy the ride.
Erotic Experiments (Research & Desire Book #1)
Available July 24th, 2017
Previously published under a different title
Science geek Claire spends most days in the confines of her laboratory, safely avoiding humans. So her world is sent into a sexy tailspin when a rare night out at the club starts with a game of Avoid Your Handsy Boss and ends with getting rescued by the most perfect male specimen she’s ever seen.
Bouncer Ed can’t get enough of Claire, or of watching his “little mouse” let loose when he touches her. Saving her once was easy, even fun. But his fiercely protective nature goes into overdrive when Claire’s determination to reveal what’s really going on in the lab endangers both their lives.
Being on the run isn’t enough to keep Claire’s hands off her beautiful protector, or to stop them from falling in love. But it isn’t long before Claire discovers Ed is hiding a shocking secret of his own…
Have you ever read a book and felt like a character could’ve been based on you? If so, did it make you enjoy the story more or was it distracting/strange?
Bio: Katie Allen is the fabulously filthy-minded alter-ego of romantic-suspense author Katie Ruggle. She lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (target shooting only, since killing anything other than paper makes her ugly cry), cross-country skis (badly), and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the police academy, Katie is a self-professed forensics nerd. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing, and gymnastics. You can connect with Katie at katieruggle.com and on Facebook or Twitter.