I am so excited to welcome my friend and fellow Wild Rose Press author
to the blog today!
So, please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Hey, Laura, thanks for hosting me today. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I have notebooks filled with poems, story ideas, and partial chapters from as far back as age five. As a young girl, I was always telling people stories. Sometimes they were funny, other times scary, but they were always, and I mean always, happily-ever-after. You see, I’m a romantic—a die-hard romantic. I believe in love, not just as a fundamental part of human relationships, but as a force that really can heal emotional scars. I truly believe there is someone for everyone—the person they are meant to find. Their other half. Their soul mate.
I live in West Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan, with my soul mate, two teenaged sons, three miniature schnauzers and a guinea pig. I write sizzling, dangerously sexy contemporary romance and romantic suspense—no intimacy hidden “behind closed doors” in my books. Nope, with me you get detailed, explicit love scenes. You’ve been warned. J
Sign me up! *grins* Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
My latest release, Not Without Risk, is a romantic suspense with a wounded hero—the story of Sergeant Justin Harrison, who returns to his job as a San Diego homicide detective after six months of medical leave. Determined to prove he’s fit for active duty, he doesn’t need the self-doubt that plagues him, or his growing feelings for the leggy brunette who is at the center of his homicide investigation.
I’m absolutely thrilled with the reviews it’s been getting, including my most recent review from Rita G at Readers Favorite who said, “Not Without Risk is a book you won’t want to miss.”
Congratulations on the great review(s)! What character is your favorite and why?
Sergeant Justin Harrison, hands down. There’s just something about a wounded hero, you know?
I totally know! As an author, what surprised you about this story?
Honestly? That I’ve heard so many wonderful comments about it. I wrote Risk in its entirety at least three times. At least. Each time shaping and tweaking it in order for it to ‘fit’ a certain line or suggestion given to me—to the extent that I reached a point when I felt totally disconnected from it, and was forced to set it aside. I only went back to it when I knew I could ignore all those voices and opinions and tell the story the way I always planned to tell it.
That took guts—and it paid off! I read Not Without Risk, folks, and it’s great storytelling! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?
Not this book, no.
What are you working on right now?
I’m writing a spin-off of my upcoming release After Midnight, titled Midnight Heat. It’s a contemporary romance that, although I had no plans to make it so when I started it, is looking as if it may become a romantic suspense.
Book do have a way of doing what they want, don’t they? What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
The first book I ever wrote wasn’t a romance, it was a story about my best friend. One called My Cat Sneaker, which won a Young Authors Award.
Okay, that’s cool! Who wants to read My Cat Sneaker? *looks at all the raised hands and eyeballs Sarah*… What do you find the easiest and hardest to write?
Easiest for me to write is dialogue—maybe because it comes to me like voices in my head and all I have to do is take dictation.
Hardest changes depending on the book. Sometimes it’s knowing the correct place to start, other times it’s getting the ending ‘just right’.
Interesting. So, have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
I use ‘pieces’ of people I know in my writing. A unique laugh, or a gesture that someone I know uses when uncomfortable or stressed, but not actual events or people. For example, the hero from After Midnight has quite a few of my husband’s traits. And the hero of my work-in-progress a few traits from a current friend along with a couple of a friend I haven’t spoken with in years.
As an author I think it’s impossible to write without putting pieces of people we know and love into our characters—whether or not we even realize we are doing it at the time.
I definitely agree. Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
It wasn’t until I was in the middle of edits for my second book that I realized that there is: Love is worth the risk. Spoken or implied, it seems to make its way into everything I write.
That’s a great theme. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I love cars, especially classic cars. Classic hot rods—the faster the better! To me, there is nothing sexier than the purr of a well-tuned engine. Okay, maybe a hot guy promising to make me purr like a well-tuned engine. Yeah, that’s pretty sexy.
I noticed a bit of that in Not Without Risk! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Isabeau Montgomery, the heroine of my upcoming contemporary romance, After Midnight. Isabeau is the owner of Izzy’s Bar, a child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy… She deserves a happy ending and Noah Clark is just the man to share it with her.
Okay, she sounds totally cool! Alright now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen table
Beach or mountains? Mountains – beach is too hot for snuggling and the sand can be...painful. lol
Give or receive? You expect me to choose? Okay, I’ll go with give.
Not Without Risk Blurb:
Six agonizing months after a slug collapsed his lung, Sergeant Justin Harrison manages to return to the one place where he shines—the San Diego homicide division. Nothing will stand in the way of proving he is fit for active duty. Especially not the long-legged brunette who just stumbled into his crime scene.
Photographer Paige Conroy spent years hiding from her past. Then a late night telephone call brings it crashing back. An old friend is in town and needs her help. When she arrives at his hotel room four hours later, he's dead. Suddenly, she's the target of a madman, and Paige must turn to Sergeant Harrison for protection.
But who is the bigger threat to her... the faceless assailant she fears will steal her life or the dark-eyed detective she knows could steal her heart?
Thanks for being on the blog, Sarah! Where can we find you on the web?
Alright, everyone, leave Sarah some comment love! And thanks for reading,
Laura & Sarah