Anyone who has served in uniform knows you can’t do it alone. From the moment you put your boots on, you’re taught there is strength in team and that lesson isn’t forgotten when you take the uniform off.
The team concept is especially apparent with veteran writers and the way we help each other. Kayelle Allen is a best-selling American author who pulled together a group of women veterans who write books and used Veteran’s Day as an opportunity to promote their work. Her Romance Lives Forever event will be live from 7 p.m. to 11:30 (or 2330 for the military folks) today, Nov. 11. Readers will have an opportunity to communicate directly with a long list of authors, win some prizes and hopefully, find out about some of the work being produced by women veterans.
Kayelle describes her stories as being about, “unstoppable heroes and heroines including contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.”
Sounds interesting! Read on for the interview.
Me: What inspired you to pull together a list of veteran writers? What is it about their writing or subjects that differs from other authors?
Kayelle: As a veteran myself, and a member of RomVets (a group of female veterans who write romance), I have an insider’s point of view. I think writers with military experience have a different way of seeing a story. Exposure to the world at large along with working in close-knit teams changes a person. That makes for a writer with a much different view of culture and society.
Me: How do you feel your military service has impacted or inspired your own writing?
Kayelle: Even after almost 40 years of separation from service, I make decisions based on things I learned while on active duty. My husband and I met while in service, and have been married for 43 years next month. We’ve often talked about the influence that short period of years had on our lives. Not only did we meet each other, we traveled the world. If I had not seen Europe, visited some of the great sites for art and ancient history, I would not have the perspective I have now.
Me: You have included men and women veteran writers in this list. Do you think the veteran influence is different between a man and a woman’s pen?
Kayelle: Definitely. For decades, men saw combat while women did not. That has a strong effect. Now, women are in combat. Will that make them the same? No. Women and men have different viewpoints for biological reasons as well as emotional ones. Men and women always see the world differently. Adding military experience to the mix just makes for one more level of difference. I think that’s a good thing. The world would be dull indeed if we all thought and wrote the same.
Me: Do you think that military writing that doesn’t include war has a place in literature?
Kayelle: Absolutely. Military presence implies the possibility of war. It doesn’t mean there must be war. In my book, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, I have a female officer who is a leader in the rebellion against a decadent empire. There is no war as such, but the importance of a strong military to prevent war is implied throughout the story.
Me: What do you hope this list will accomplish, especially on Veteran’s Day?
Kayelle: I know how hard writers work to let readers even know they exist. Anything I can do to call attention to their wr
iting while also honoring fellow veterans is a no-brainer for me.
Thanks Kayelle and I look forward to being a part of the event tonight!
To learn more about Kayelle Allen, check out her website. Homeworld/Blog https://kayelleallen.com
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At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is a military science fiction romance set in a dystopian world. Its heat level is sweet. Here’s a bit about the story.
Hired to steal back a prototype taken by the imperial armada, Senth Antonello retrieves it, but his brother is kidnapped to force Senth to surrender the device.
Now he has to rescue his brother, outsmart the armada, and keep the item out of imperial hands. All doable, except for one small problem. He must do it in the company of NarrAy Jorlan, a genetically altered woman whose pheromones could enhance the mission or crumble it into dust with a single siren kiss.
He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!
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