Interview Roulette: Z. Allora

Z. Allora plays today!


  1. You’ve been invited to a party being held by your boss. Which of your characters will you take with you as your guest?

Tristan Cooper (the librarian) from The Librarian’s Rake. He’s shy but well read. Tristan would be on best behavior because he’s all good manners and kindness no worries he’d embarrass me by offering to blow a coworker. (Z. side eyes several characters) While he’s not great in crowds he’s fantastic one-on-one and would engage others in conversation allowing me to listen and not talk.


  1. Are you a nervous cleaner? (And if you are, will you come hang out at my house?)

Organization and orgasm are spelled rather closely. I don’t think that’s an accident. I’ve just deep cleaned my house and I’m sitting down after 4.5 hours… and yes, I showered first. When I feel out of control I find cleaning provides me with a calm purpose that burns off my crazy. A clean house means at least something in the world is in control even if it’s only my dust.


  1. A 17-year-old girl has asked one of your characters for advice. What is she asking about and what advice does the character give?

She asks, “So Zack, um how old do you have to be to join a BDSM club?”

Zack (from Lock and Key): “You have to be 18 in most states. You might want to take classes. Knowledge is power. Never settle for less than you deserve, and ALWAYS have a safeword… (Zack sighs) and use the safeword if you need it.”


  1. What is your worst phobia?

My first is depressing so let’s go with speaking in public since that is a close second. If this is indeed the case, one might ask why the hell I signed up as a Featured Author for the GRL >> which requires I do a panel or a reading. (Hitting my head against a wall) Why did I do that to myself? I’m totally freaking out. My plan involves Valium, wearing bondage cuffs, and hoping people don’t show up.

I stutter and usually when I talk to someone I’m able to jump over words I can’t say. But when I’m nervous nothing comes out of my mouth and I give a blank stare. SIGH… So there’s a chance during my panel I’m going to look like an idiot. Go ME! Yeah, facing your fears not so much fun. Thanks for asking. (Z. leaves and re-cleans house)



  1. What’s one thing that inspired your latest book?

I sitting with MC Houle and Katie Obbink at the GRL San Diego. They were wearing glasses… for some reason they both whipped them off and stared at me with purpose. BOOM! Tristan Cooper was born… the sweet shy librarian with a lustful heart aching to sin… Yeah, that was some awesome glasses fu style times two they gave me! The Librarian’s Rake had a name and a main character.


  1. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it?

Phillip Valentine (the rake) from The Librarian’s Rake would buy Tristan a sex toy from Bad Dragon. Of course, he would demonstrate how to use the dragon’s penis butt plug (probably in public and definitely in private).


  1. If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why?

Damn! That’s hard. I guess I’d go into my first book because that’s where Z. Allora was given voice. Before the Dark Angels I wrote but never shared. To give me the opportunity to thank these characters for the love and life I have now would be incredibly rewarding. Visiting Bali again wouldn’t be too hard on me either.


  1. One of the characters in your most recent book wins a dream vacation to anywhere in the world. Where does he or she choose?

Tristan Cooper (the librarian) in The Librarian’s Rake would take his lover to Paris because he’s romantic and envisions sipping chocolate after a full day at the Louvre (The sex they had in the museum’s bathroom might have been ill-advised but was Phillip’s idea of romance… and quite exciting and satisfying).

Book blurb:

Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?

Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to find quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.

Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever afters. Experience has taught him not to hope for more—until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.

With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might find the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives.


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Author bio:

Allora believes in happily ever afters for everyone. She met her own true love through the personals and has traveled to over thirty countries with him. She’s lived in Singapore, Israel and China. Now back home to the USA she’s an active member of PFLAG and a strong supporter of those on the rainbow in her community. She wants to promote understanding and acceptance through her actions and words. Writing rainbow romance allows her the opportunity to open hearts and change minds.

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