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Dear Readers,

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Is this woman guilty of heinous crimes?

On March 17, 2018 the Tattler published a protest by Miss Elise Van Demer heroine of a work in progress by Miss Rue Allyn, author. Miss Van Demer objected strongly and at length about Miss Allyn’s invasion of character privacy when writing romantic novels. In the spirit of fairness, The Tattler invited Miss Allyn’s rebuttal. We have, to date, not received such a document. We have, however, received the following letter penned by no less than Her Grace the Duchess of Stonegreave and endorsed by a number of august and highly revered persons, as you will see below. But first Her Grace’s letter.*

Dear Mr. Clemens,

I write in response to the dire accusations made by Miss Elise Van Demer against a kind and generous author, Miss Rue Allyn. Miss Van Demer could not be more wrong, and I hope this letter will at some point serve to help her understand the true purpose of Miss Allyn’s writings and the relationship she seeks to have with all her characters.

To wit, Miss Van Demer accuses that Miss Allyn invades privacy without seeking a character’s permission. This is categorically not so. No author, can write a work of fiction (all of Miss Allyn’s stories are fictions) without the permission both implicit and explicit of the characters involved in that story. How else would she discover the series of events, or the emotional cause and effect surrounding those events? The characters must tell her. And by telling her, they accept that she will record the story for posterity and the entertainment of interested readers.

You are, yourself, Mr. Clemens, involved in just that sort of business by relating incidents from the lives of socially important persons for the delectation of your reading audience. I suspect in many of those cases The Teatime Tattler does not have the explicit permission of the persons involved. Hence there ends the similarity between your activities and Miss Allyn’s. She does have permission from her characters, else their stories would never be published.

But I digress. Miss Van Demer states that her own case is typical of the treatment Miss Allyn offers characters. This is not true. In my own case, Miss Allyn’s publication of my story helped to rescue my reputation and correct the impression of the ton that I was callous and unfaithful. She has served this same truth revealing purpose for numerous other characters including Lady Juliana Verault, now wife of Sir Robert Clarwyn (Knight Errant). Lady Jessamyn Du Grace now wed to Baron Raeb MacKai of Dungarob Scotland, (Knight Defender) and two of Miss Van Demer’s personal friends Miss Kiera Alden wife of former US Marshal Evrett Quinn (One Night’s Desire) who have endorsed this letter with their signatures, as well as many other characters who could not be reached for comment. (Check out Miss Allyn’s website or Amazon page for more information about her books.)

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Miss Van Demer makes much of the issue of a character’s name. This is a piffle not worthy of argument save to say that few characters actually introduce themselves to an author. Rather the author is usually forced to discover the character’s name as the events of the story reveal themselves. Thus it may seem to an author as if he or she created the so named character.

Another objection from Miss Van Demer is that she has worked hard to erase her name from memory in the Wyoming territory of the 1870s and Miss Allyn’s story will destroy that work. I suggest, if Miss Van Demer is ashamed of her name, she should not have confided her story in Miss Allyn, thus giving implicit permission to have the story told. A secret is only a secret, my dear Miss Van Demer, if it is never shared. The same is true of a disguise. I should know. I tried to disguise myself on a number of occasions and each time lead me to further disaster. Exposing the facts is by far the better choice, and Miss Allyn is an excellent accomplice in that endeavor.

Last, Miss Van Demer pins her ‘only hope’ on the timing of Miss Allyn’s publication. I and every character who has endorsed this letter can attest to the fact that Miss Allyn has never published any story before the end is told. She has, as any good author must, given hints and published teasers. However, she publishes nothing before its appropriate time. I am saddened to believe Miss Van Demer does not understand this.

I do hope that Miss Van Demer succeeds in one of the aims that motivated her to write. I hope that her protest will awaken the public not to the existence of unprincipled authors—for there are such—but to the very excellent work done specifically by Miss Rue Allyn.

Please Mr. Clemens, I urge you not to ‘wage war in print against such authors,’ but rather to endorse the story telling ability of fine, upstanding authors such as Miss Rue Allyn. I for one will never rue the day (please forgive my small joke, as I could not resist) I encountered Miss Rue Allyn.

With Kind Regards,

Marielle Petersham

By the grace of God and the King of England,

Duchess of Stonegreave

The following signatories endorse the meaning and sentiments expressed by Her Grace of Stonegreave above.

Lady Jessamyn Du Grace aka Baroness Jessamyn MacKai (Find my story and Raeb’s in Miss Allyn’s book Knight Defender)

Baron Raeb MacKai

Lady Juliana Verault aka Lady Juliana Clarwyn (Find my story and Robert’s in Miss Allyn’s book Knight Errant)

Sir Robert Clarwyn

Miss Kiera Alden aka Mrs. Kiera Quinn (Find my story and Evrett’s in Miss Allyn’s book One Night’s Desire. You will also find the early events of Miss Van Demer’s life related there.)

Mr. Evrett Quinn, former US Marshall Wyoming Territory US of A.

*Editors note: Mr. Clemens states categorically that he doesn’t give a fig about the privacy of characters fictional or otherwise.

FD5by3pt24About Her Grace of Stonegreave’s story:  Like countless men who faced the French armies, men who loved Lady Marielle Petersham, Duchess of Stonegreave usually died. Hence the ton dubbed her The French Duchess. Because of one indiscretion Marielle retired from society. Now, she must risk more than the censure of the ton. She must risk her life and everything she holds dear or more of her loved ones will die.

Find The French Duchess at these fine retailers: Amazon  B & N   GoogleBooks   Kobo

 

AUTHORpicJAN2016tooAbout Rue Allyn:  Award winning author, Rue Allyn, learned story telling at her grandfather’s knee. (Well it was really more like on his knee—I was two.) She’s been weaving her own tales ever since. She has worked as an instructor, mother, sailor, clerk, sales associate, and painter, along with a variety of other types of employment. She has lived and traveled in places all over the globe from Keflavik Iceland (I did not care much for the long nights of winter.) and Fairbanks Alaska to Panama City and the streets of London England to a large number of places in between. Now that her two sons have left the nest, Rue and her husband of more than four decades (Try living with the same person for more than forty years—that’s a true adventure.) have retired and moved south.

When not writing, learning to play new games, (I’m starting to learn Bridge) and working jigsaw puzzles, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance. She loves to hear from readers, and you may contact her at contact@RueAllyn.com She can’t wait to hear from you.

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What Rue likes best about the belles is their can-do spirit. This group isn’t afraid to try anything the publishing world can dish out. The only other place I’ve found such completely supportive energy is with my fellow sisters-in-arms, the RomVets.

Is a Publishing War Brewing?

Dear Mr. Clemens,

I write to request your assistance in correcting a grievous wrong. Your publication is highly regarded in all circles and any cause you endorse must be regarded as just, right and worthy of action. The wrong against which I need your assistance is the devious and unprincipled revelation of a character’s life story without requesting permission from the character so revealed. This heinous invasion of privacy has happened to every character I know and even to some ‘real’ persons who have suffered the embarrassing and often difficult consequences of unauthorized biography.

One Night's Desire by Rue Allyn

This is the book in which Ms. Allyn cruelly details the demise of my family and my testimony against my father.

My own case is typical, and I along with all the private details of my life will soon be exposed. Thus, I use my experience as an example of the outrageous lengths to which these invasive authors will go.

My name is Elise Van Demer—yes, that Elise Van Demer. I am indeed the woman who as an innocent and untried girl on the cusp of adulthood reported to the law her own father as a liar, cheat, thief, and murderer.** My public involvement in that scandal was unavoidable. I was after all a witness to his crimes and swore testimony in a court of law, which placed every detail of that humiliating experience on public record. Public record, mind you, which is no invasion of privacy no matter how mortifying the details.

Also a matter of public record is the fact that my father subsequently and spitefully disowned me and denied me my birthright. He actually imagined that I was in the wrong to report his crimes. Confessing that a parent, an individual who is supposedly an example and protector, is a criminal of the worst sort is not an easy thing. There are characters who have tarred me with my father’s brush, and despite the unkind rumors they spread, I persevere in my attempts to restore my birthright and my good name.

As you can see even the public facts of a character’s life can be difficult. However, the sort of invasive authorship to which I firmly object and against which I seek your hearty endorsement involves the exposure of very private details to the reading public. The guilty party in my case is a Ms. Rue Allyn. She has a history of investigating the most intimate details in a character’s life then presenting those details to the public thinly disguised as a romantic novel. I say thinly disguised because she does not even bother to change the names to protect the innocent. Note, she had the gall recently to pen an article claiming that she herself chooses the names of the characters in her books. (https://wp.me/p2d2BX-CT). Balderdash. I know my name and knew it long before ever encountering this conscienceless female. But I digress.

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The artist has more sensitivity than Ms. Allyn and refused to show our faces when he captured this moment of passion between Boyd and me.

To continue my example, I have worked very hard to erase the name of Elise Van Demer from the memories of characters throughout the world and most especially in the Wyoming territories. I have managed to disguise myself as a muleskinner (no one would expect delicately reared Ms. Elise Van Demer to be driving a mule team that hauls necessities to outlying Wyoming ranches and farms). This disguise has allowed me to remain in Wyoming, developing helpful connections, and gathering resources and information with the purpose of regaining my birthright. However, along comes Ms. Allyn, poking her authorial nose in where it most definitely does not belong. (Can you imagine, she even discovered intimate details, physical details, regarding my relationship with former Pinkerton agent, Boyd Alvarez.) She is ruining everything.

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I include this image to prove to you and your readers that I know whereof I speak regarding mules and driving mule teams.

For myself, my only hope is that she is unable to publish her insidious narrative before I accomplish my goals. That has been the saving grace for most of my character friends. Ms. Allyn is no fly-by-night author. She is meticulous, if invasive, in her research, thus causing much delay in the publication of her supposed novels. I am now in a race to succeed with my plans before she can expose me and ruin all that I hope for.

You may ask why I reveal so much to you and your readers, if I still have a chance for happiness before Ms Allyn publishes her torrid tale? My purpose is to warn the public that thousands of unprincipled authors like Ms. Allyn exist. They must be stopped. Also, I regret to say, that while the Teatime Tattler is very popular in Wyoming Territory, we often receive copies six to twelve months after the periodical’s publication. I sincerely hope to have achieved all my aims before anyone in Wyoming can read this particular article.

Hopefully the experiences I’ve related will prompt you to wage war in print against authors such as Ms. Allyn, and gain respect for a character’s right to privacy.

*Note to the readers of the Teatime Tattler. In fairness, I have offered Ms. Allyn the opportunity to rebut Ms. Van Demer’s claims and will publish said rebuttal as soon as I may receive it.

**Ms. Van Demer’s involvement in her father’s trial is detailed in a novel by Ms. Rue Allyn titled One Night’s Desire which can be found at various retailers most notably, Amazon along with all of Ms. Allyn’s other currently available novels.Author Rue Allyn Head Shot

About Rue Allyn:  Award winning author, Rue Allyn, learned story telling at her grandfather’s knee. (Well it was really more like on his knee—I was two.) She’s been weaving her own tales ever since. She has worked as an instructor, mother, sailor, clerk, sales associate, and painter, along with a variety of other types of employment. She has lived and traveled in places all over the globe from Keflavik Iceland (I did not care much for the long nights of winter.) and Fairbanks Alaska to Panama City and the streets of London England to a large number of places in between. Now that her two sons have left the nest, Rue and her husband of more than four decades (Try living with the same person for more than forty years—that’s a true adventure.) have retired and moved south.

When not writing, learning to play new games, (I’m starting to learn Bridge) and working jigsaw puzzles, Rue travels the world and surfs the internet in search of background material and inspiration for her next heart melting romance. She loves to hear from readers, and you may contact her at contact@RueAllyn.com She can’t wait to hear from you.

What Rue likes best about the belles is their can-do spirit. This group isn’t afraid to try anything the publishing world can dish out. The only other place I’ve found such completely supportive energy is with my fellow sisters-in-arms, the RomVets.

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