Interview with THE HIERARCHY OF NEEDS  Author Rebecca Grace Allen

Interview with THE HIERARCHY OF NEEDS
Author Rebecca Grace Allen

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Jamie Matthews is stuck in a rut. After hitting a wall with her dream career, she’s back in her hometown, living a life as monotonous as swimming laps in the neighborhood pool.

Being surrounded by her perfect brothers is a painful reminder of her failure to launch. The last bonfire of the summer is an ideal way to let off steam, especially when she runs into Dean Trescott, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school.

Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat.

A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need…

Warning: A friends-to-lovers twice over story that contains some hot ’n’ heavy kissing in the waves, hair pulling, and a man who knows how to use his hands. It may also feature a few practical jokes—only the fun kind, of course.

 

Buy links:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VNK4KGQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00VNK4KGQ&linkCode=as2&tag=2geek-20&linkId=TXHXZFCOF7DJYABB

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hierarchy-of-needs-rebecca-grace-allen/1121694928?ean=9781619227873&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-W1PQs9y/1/c-_-10:1&r=1

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-hierarchy-of-needs/id982735883?mt=11

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-hierarchy-of-needs

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rebecca_Grace_Allen_The_Hierarchy_of_Needs?id=WPLLBwAAQBAJ

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Please tell us about your novel.

The Hierarchy of Needs is a friends-to-lovers twice over story about Jamie Matthews and Dean Trescott, both of whom are trying to ignore what they need in life.

After hitting a wall with her dream career, Jamie is back in her hometown and has fallen back on being a swim coach—the only talent she believes she has. To make matters worse, she can’t seem to get over her craving for Dean, the playboy friend she had one hot-as-hell night with back in high school.

Since the day Dean met Jamie, he’s loved her beauty, talent, and smile that lit up the whole damn block. But dating isn’t an option. She has a bright future ahead of her, and he refuses to chain her to his—helping run the family business that’s barely staying afloat.

A “what-happens-in-Vegas” weekend was supposed to get their craving for each other out of their systems. But neither counted on the past repeating itself, drawing them together in even hotter and dirtier ways and dangling the possibility they might both be able to get exactly what they need.

How did you research your novel, if applicable?

With Dean being a car aficionado, I needed to do some research into the automobile trade. My husband and I went to several car shows, and I canvassed the websites of businesses that were similar to what Dean’s family does. As for Jamie, I needed to get my facts straight when it came to swim coaching—what a day in her life might look like, and what it was like to have competed in NCAA college swimming. In addition, I reached out to some teachers in a high school in Maine to properly track the art classes Dean and Jamie might have taken together.

Where can readers find you online?

They can find me on my website, www.RebeccaGraceAllen.com on Twitter @RGraceAllen, or on my Facebook page RebeccaGraceAllen.

When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

My go to cure is always the gym. Whenever a scene isn’t working right, I have to get away from the computer, get out of my head and into my body. There’s something about exercise that frees my mind up, and poof! The ideas start pouring in.

Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

I don’t know if I have my own hero in particular, but I have a massive respect for people who put their lives on the line for our safety. Soldiers, policemen and women, fire fighters, lifeguards, EMTs—they rush toward danger while the rest of us run for shelter.

Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

I have too many favorites to choose from! All the heroes and heroines I’ve loved have something unique about them—from wealthy historical gentlemen to modern day cowboys, badass submissives to vulnerable Dommes, they all hold a special place in my heart.

Are you character or plot driven? Why?

It’s a combination of both when a story first makes its way into my head. Sometimes I’ll get an idea for a scene and will wonder about the characters who might act it out. Other times I’ll have one of the characters already in my head and will need to flesh out the ones who will balance him/her out. Whenever I’m having trouble with a scene, though, I go back to the characters, trying to figure out what they would do in the situation I’ve put them in.

How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

Sometimes social media feels like a necessary evil.  We need to have a presence, to be out there, even though sometimes I feel the need to turn the world off for a while. But it can also be a wonderful thing, connecting author to readers, building relationships, a 24/7 companion in the void when we’re feeling lonely. It’s something that I need to find balance with. 🙂

What are the first five titles on your kindle?

Currently I’ve got Kit Rocha’s Beyond Innocence, A.J. Cousin’s The Girl Next Door, Tamsen Parker’s Uncharted Territory, Karen Booth’s That Night with the CEO, and a yet-to-be-released book by Eden Bradley.

Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?

In the next five years I will have hopefully reached my goal in becoming a hybrid author. I will have finished both The Portland Rebels and the Legally Bound series, and will have started work on other projects I’ve had sitting in the sidelines. I’ll be over 40 by then, so I hope I’ll still be able to hold my own in my boxing class!

How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

I truly have no idea how many books I own! My bookshelf is a mix of erotic romance and supernatural YA, a smattering of the classics that I read in college (including the massive Riverside Shakespeare), a few self help and Idiot’s Guide books, and, of course, Dr. Seuss.

If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

I’m currently only published by Samhain, and I’ve loved the experience so far! My editor, Christa Soule, is a rock star!

What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

My best advice comes from Dori: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

What do you find inspiring?

Music is probably the thing that inspires me the most. Recently I’ve had a lot of emotions tangled up when listening to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”.

Do you have a favorite charity?

Any charity that helps animals. My husband and I give every year to the ASPCA.

Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

Spend it with them.

 

Thanks for having me!

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Rebecca Grace Allen writes kinky new adult and hot contemporary BDSM romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, as well as a Master of Science in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish. – See more at: http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/about#sthash.ngkVvJap.dpuf

 

Find Rebecca Online:

http://www.rebeccagraceallen.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8421545.Rebecca_Grace_Allen

https://www.facebook.com/rebey ccagraceallen

https://twitter.com/RGraceAllen

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