Raven McAllan

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Well what can I say?

I'm growing old disgracefully and loving it.

My husband and I live on the edge of a Scottish forest, and rattle around in a house much too big for us.

Our kids have grown up and flown the nest, but roll back up when they want to take a deep breath and smell the daisies so to speak.

I write in my study, which overlooks the garden and the lane. I'm often seen procrastinating, by checking out the wild life, looking—only looking—at the ironing basket and assuring tourists that indeed, I'm not the bed and breakfast. That would mean cooking fried eggs without breaking the yolks, and disturbing the dust bunnies as they procreate under the beds. Not to be thought of.

Being able to do what I love, and knowing people get pleasure from my writing is fantastic. Long may it last.

Visit my website at: www.ravenmcallan.com

Email me at: [email protected]

Q: Where do you write?

A: Anywhere and everywhere. As my lovely hubby said when he bought me my super duper lightweight laptop, "Have Mac, will travel." I've written on hotel bathroom floors, so I don't wake hubby up, in the study, the garden, and I've been known to write some of my best stuff on a long haul flight

Q: Do you have any quirks or rituals?

A: Not that I know of, although others may beg to differ. (If you know of any do tell…) Unless champagne when I get an acceptance or a book published counts?

Q: Do you have any special jewelry you wear for luck, maybe?

A: I always wear my ankle chain, even more than my wedding ring, and both are very important. I have problems wearing anything around my neck, and sometimes my rings feel heavy and uncomfortable but my ankles are so far okay. I've worn ankle chains ever since I met my husband, but this one is very special. He put it on as my first book was published. It only comes off if there is no other option.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration for your settings from?

I'm so very lucky in that I've visited a fair few places in the world. So often I've stood somewhere, gone glassy eyed and said, "Oh I have an idea for a story." Mind you the scenery on my doorstep is often the first place I think of for a book.

Q: Any foods or drinks that are a must have?

A: Chocolate and coffee for writing, editing and well just because. Champagne to celebrate a yes or a release.

Q: Sun or snow?

A: Sun every time.

Q: Stockings and suspenders, (garter belt) or tights? (Panty hose)

A: Well, shhh… if it's freezing (and I do live in Scotland) tights, but to feel sexy and feminine, stockings and suspenders.

Q: Coal fire or central heating.

A: Coal fire every time. It's so good to curl up next to hubby, in front of a coal fire, scented candles on, with soft music and sipping a glass of fine wine. Wink

Q: Did you ever imagine, when you were younger you'd be a published author?

A: Not in a million years. At school they did the best to curb my imagination, and make me write "less flowery."

Q: What really annoys you in a person?

A: Rudeness. There is no need for it. Please and thank you cost nothing.

Q: Lastly, do you prefer noise or silence when you write?

A: It doesn't matter, If it's noisy I block it out. As I said earlier, I can (and do) write anywhere. Lucky me.

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