Excited to have fellow Dreamspinner Press author Z Allora answering my silly queries on the blog today. Read on to hear all about her new book, The Temple of Heaven....
10 SILLY QUESTIONS WITH Z ALLORA and RICK R. REED
RR: If you could invite any famous person, dead or alive, for dinner, what would you eat?
ZA: Jesus and we’d have a press conference to clarify what were the original intentions of his words and who set them down. I’d ask my love to make turkey tacos cause they are to die for… heavenly if you will.
RR: Who do you think you are?
ZA: A broken love slave who loves completely and to a fault. Someone who is nonbinary of the transmasculine variety. An author who has the story but not always the skill to tell it (Sending a prayer up to editors, proofer, critique partners, and beta readers!). I’m traveler… a survivor and a warrior.
RR: What’s your problem?
ZA: I surrendered to the silence. It’s easy for a stutterer to do that which is why I love writing. My fingers don’t hesitate on words. (Okay, granted editors might say my fingers are grammar adverse but what can I say? Not much again stutterer.) I’ve been working hard for the last few years on finding my voice (I want to thank all my Pretty Ones & Z-bies who have helped support and guide me on this path). My problem now is my voice comes out as a scream.
RR: If you could have one wish, would you give it to me?
ZA: No, I’d ask for more wishes then I would share with you.
RR: Where you at?
ZA: In my writing place which lets me look at my dragon tapestry, a crystal fountain that my love and I built over the last 25 years, the blue demon from Malaysia, an Edo period print of a dragon and two tigers from Japan, two Costa Rican masks, and my fireplace.
RR: If you had to choose only one vice, what would it be?
RR: What’s your favorite brand of cereal?
ZA: Cheerios though Lucky Charms and Captain Crunch if I’m throwing caution to the wind.
RR: When you wake up in the morning, what celebrity do you most resemble?
ZA: Depends on the morning.
RR: Do you know your ass from a hole in the ground? And if so, how do you tell the difference?
ZA: I do. (I’m scared of people who don’t know the difference.) I can tell the difference because I can look at a hole in the ground but without mirrors the other isn’t on view (to me).
RR: Do you have anything you’d like to plug?
ZA: (… that’s a trick question. Okay I’ll be a responsible author and not sexualize everything.) My computer and phone: ABC = Always Be Charging! Damn epic fail this is where I’m supposed to promo… got it.
BLURB for The Temple of HeavenMusic is Tian Di’s life and his love, and he’s made plenty of sacrifices. His career is finally taking off with his band, Made in China, and he’ll continue to put music first... until he meets Jordon. Then insta- lust becomes insta-love and a commitment to the future—no matter how difficult it might be.
Jordon lives in a bubble constructed by his overprotective older brothers, who are so controlling that they’ve kept him from dating. A talented artist, Jordon managed to keep his success with a Japanese manga publisher a secret from his family, but now he fears discovery. It’s easier to let his brothers handle everything, but Jordon has reached his limit. He’s ready to draw some boundaries so he can be his own man and face all the challenges that come with that.
Their families and careers aren’t the only obstacles. Jordon must accept his identity as a gay man who doesn’t top or bottom. Fortunately, Tian Di—and his special talents—help Jordon open up to his sexuality in an erotic adventure that spans Japan and China, and with love, luck, hard work, and open minds, will end in a happily ever after.