Friday, June 10, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Sarah Grimm!

I am so excited to welcome my friend and fellow Wild Rose Press author 
Sarah Grimm 
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

20 comments:

lindsey hutchison said...

thanks so much for sharing an awesome interview and a new author with me. i love finding new authors.

Rachel Brimble said...

Hi Sarah!

It makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who has had a book they have to restart about a gazillon times! My current work in progress is driving me insane ; )

Rachel x

Laura Kaye said...

Welcome to my blog today, Sarah! Great to have you here!

Sarah Grimm said...

Lindsey - Welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

Rachel- Hang in there with your WIP, you'll get it. And, yes, it's nice knowing we aren't the only ones who struggle, isn't it?

Laura- Thanks for having me as a guest today! I've been tied up in a meeting at work and only just came up for air!

Joya said...

Hi Laura and Sarah,
Sarah, I love your title and the idea of a hero who is fighting to prove he's fit enough to be back on the job. Best wishes for continued success. :)

Karen said...

Hi Sarah!

Great interview. I really like learning an author's insight into their work.

Thank you!

Sarah Grimm said...

Joya -

Thanks for stopping by! Originally I had a different title in mind, but then one of the characters in the story said something that brought about the book's current title. The minute it came to me I knew it was the right title for the book.

Sarah Grimm said...

Karen -

Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by. Even I enjoy learning author's insights. I always learn a little something about the author through an interview. :)

Laura Kaye said...

Joya and Karen--thanks for stopping by and supporting Sarah! Enjoying all the comments!

Sharon Buchbinder said...

Hey Sarah & Laura--

Great interview. Stephanie Plum's hamster, Rex, springs to mind. Do your schnauzers or guinea pigs ever have roles in your books?

Cheers!

Sharon

Sarah Grimm said...

Sharon-

I haven't given my schnauzers or my guinea pig a role in a book, no. It might be fun though. :)

Debra St. John said...

Hi Sarah and Laura,

Great interview ladies.

Sarah, I'm with you on the closed doors...those are so not for me. I want to know what's going on... :)

It is fun to incorporate people I know into my books. In one I made all of my friends brothers and sisters of the hero. They certainly got a kick out of seeing themselves in print!

AJ Nuest said...

Vroom, Vroom, VRRRROOOOMMMM! I'm happy to hear you like "hot rods", Sarah. What gets me purring is a guy on a Harley! I just love that cover for Not Without Risk. Can't wait to read the story!!

Sarah Grimm said...

Debra -

Thanks for visiting! LOL I love that you put all of your friends in one of your books!

Sarah Grimm said...

AJ-

I'm tossing around the idea of an erotic romance with a Harley riding hero. Vrrrroooommm!

Laura Kaye said...

Ooh, ooh, write that one, Sarah!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting!

Amy said...

Great interview! And I too have read Not Without Risk--it's fabulous! Can't wait for After Midnight!!!

Calisa Rhose said...

I'm consistent this week. Late, but reliably so. Sarah the cover, the title the premise! I really think I'll like this book! Hot rods... I've wanted a Chevy Chevelle to fix up. I want it black with blue racing stripes, blue interior and unicorns and my name sand blasted in the windows.

Great post Laura and Sarah!

Sarah Grimm said...

Amy- Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed Not Without Risk! I can't wait for you to read After Midnight, either. :)

Sarah Grimm said...

Calisa-

I like Chevelle's and love black with blue stripes! My all time favorite car is the one I gave the hero in Not Without Risk, a 1969 Pontiac GTO 'The Judge'. Love them!