Thursday, March 1, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Sarah M. Glover! #GhostStory

Sarah M. Glover
is celebrating her debut novel and
I'm very pleased to welcome her
to the blog today! 
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Sarah!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thank you so much, Laura, for inviting me to stop by to your great site. 

First of all, hello to all of Laura’s fans out there.  It’s wonderful to be here.  Like many of you, I’m a wife and mother who finds herself pulled in a million directions while trying to keep herself and her family from wandering off into traffic.  I’m also a ‘recovering CPA’  which means I hate this time of year—my sincere sympathies to those of you out there in the tax world.  God love you. As far as my writing goes, I’m obsessed with things that go bump in the night—ghosts, mysteries, and to-die-for romances.  San Francisco is my home, and I live in an old house that may or may not be haunted.  My theory is that my children drove out any ghosts.  If any of you have an eleven or a fourteen-year-old, you’ll know what I mean.

LOL, Sarah! What a hoot! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Grave Refrain:  A Love Ghost Story is a romantic and sexy mystery about an up-and-coming rocker, Andrew Hayes, who is haunted by his muse—a beautiful woman who has inspired all his music.  One night, he finds her in the flesh.  She turns out to be a college student in San Francisco, Emily Thomas, herself haunted by the past. 

A tumultuous love story enfolds, involving ghosts both good and evil, stylish and horrifying.  Together, Andrew and Emily have to solve the mystery of what binds them so passionately before the past pulls them apart.

So romantic! Which character is your most challenging and why?

Andrew.  He is on the edge during so much of the story, trying to come to terms with his madness and his desires, and at the same time, trying to be a normal twenty-something.  Well, as normal as he could ever be.  There is a constant state of wanting in him:  for his muse, for fame, for freedom from what haunts him.  He is a live wire who tends not to do anything by half.  He’s also his own worst enemy.  Andrew is the classic Byronic hero coupled with an intellectual rocker in desperate need of a cigarette.

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Not a sequel per se, but I am planning a series that involves a smoldering detective lost in a ghost world—a very sexy and mysterious world that combines the spookiest and most romantic elements of San Francisco.  A paranormal noir, one could say.

Fantastic! So, what are you working on right now? 

Oddly, I’m in a place I’ve never been before:  I am working on two different novels at the same time.  One, the ghost detective I mentioned above, and two a young adult novel that I took a break from to write Grave Refrain.  It is a gift to my daughter whose tenacity and wily ways factor into main character—a rather kick-ass fairy whom I’m rather taken with.

Good luck with both! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s sitting in a box underneath my desk—I scrapped the whole thing. The story is a modern take on Jane Eyre set in a highbrow neighborhood of San Francisco. Someday it will crawl out and bite me on the ankle and demand that I do something with it… kind of like the “Monster Book of Monsters” in Harry Potter.

LOL I imagine a lot of writers have one of those! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest – comedy.  Laughter keeps me going, and I adore the setup of a joke.  Hardest – sex scenes.  Trying to keep them from reading like insert point A into slot B and avoiding words like “lave” and “manhood” – ay carumba.  That’s why my sex scenes tend to be very atmospheric; I need to bring in all the senses and have the emotional and mental desires overcome the scene.  Laurie R. King wrote of her heroine that she thought the brain was the sexiest part of the human body.  I think that is why people adore Pride and Prejudice—it’s all about what’s not there, what’s smoldering under the surface.  The longing. The bond between lovers.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore a good sex scene as much as anyone, but I also love the yearning and the heartache and the banter.   It makes the ultimate love scene all the more captivating. 

“Lave” *snort* I may or may not have used that word before… *winks* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Oh yes, all the time—or I should say variants of people, lest someone recognizes themselves and shows up on my doorstep with a baseball bat.  The stoners in Grave Refrain were based on actual people—Dwayne, especially.  I’ve had my palm read by Dwayne, but my fortune was much tamer than Andrew or Emily’s.  No past lives.  No concubines or mistresses.  It’s that darn CPA thing…

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work? 

Searching for your destiny and overcoming your worst instincts in the process.

Interesting! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I write musical comedies and draft perfectly fine actors to make fools of themselves for charity.  I rewrote the Sound of Music last year and turned “Do Re Mi” into a hysterically funny number about a loan shark.  “Dough, some dough, we need more dough…Ray, the guy whose got the gun…”

ROFL! That is so freaking awesome! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I wish I were Neil Gaiman. This, of course, would upset my husband greatly, but he’d just have to live with it.  I’m besotted with the worlds Mr. Gaiman creates and the words he spins.  I’d love to own that mind and play around in it.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Simon Godden from Grave Refrain.  He’s rebellious and cynical in a devilishly delightful way.  He manages to keep an aloof façade going, even as his loyalty to Andrew is put to the test.  Then the poor man falls in love with a woman who doesn’t want him as much as he wants her.  There was a bit of John Lennon going on there, for anyone who caught it.  In addition, his sense of humor is closest to my own. 

Each of these characters sounds so complex and compelling! Love it! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Dark, really dark, with nuts.  Wrapped in gold paper.

Salty or sweet?  Salty.  Sea salty.  Like those salt & vinegar chips.  Why am I suddenly hungry?

Bed or kitchen table?  Depends. If there are brownies on the table – I’m there.

Beach or mountains?  Beach – still trying to find that perfect one (beach, that is).

Give or receive?  Oh, come on! Receive, my dear.  But if brownies were involved….

Grave Refrain:  A Love Ghost Story follows Andrew Hayes, a brilliant but troubled guitarist in an up-and coming band, who has been haunted since childhood by the presence of his muse.  One night during a performance in San Francisco he spots her, but before he can catch her---she vanishes from sight. 

Desperate to find the woman, he accepts a curious offer to stay in the city, moving into a dilapidated Victorian under going renovations that stir up much more than dust.  Andrew’s life becomes even more chaotic with the arrival of martini-swilling ghosts and a band of flesh-and-blood stoner spiritualists bringing bad tidings from the Great Beyond. 

As he struggles to solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves, Andrew discovers his life is repeating a refrain more deadly than he’d ever imagined.   Because when it comes to true love, one lifetime is never enough.
Thanks for coming on the blog, Sarah! Where can we find you on the web?

One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook copy of Grave Refrain! Open to international! Contest through midnight EST Monday 3/5! Winner to be chosen by Good luck!
Leave Sarah some debut novel / new release love everyone! And thanks for reading!

Laura & Sarah


Deborah said...

Grave Refrain sounds amazing! Will it be an ebook only or is it coming out in print as well??
I also look forward to your YA ~ any time frame on that?
I have to say - as much as I love Laura and her writing she always seems to have the most interesting guests!
I look forward to reading your books Ms. Glover :-)

Tala said...

I love to find new authors and Grave Refrain sounds great. I have an eleven and fourteen yr. old. I'm certain they've taken and hidden my mind. ;)

Jennie Coleen561 said...

Sarah, Congratulations on your debut novel! I definitely want to enter for a chance to win an e-copy.

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for kicking off the comments Deborah, Tala and Jennie! And thanks for being here, Sarah!

Laura Kaye said...

@Deborah - and thanks for the wonderful compliment! There are so many great authors, many of them my friends, that I can't not give them shoutouts, too! :)

ame1184 said...

congrats on your debut novel! i love when i'm introduced to new authors and books : ) your book sounds great and i can't wait to read it!

Victoria said...

Congratulations! GRAVE REFRAIN sounds great.
After reading the answers you gave I have to go make lunch :).


bandmum said...

Thanks for the great interview, Laura!

I love Grave Refrain so much that I not only bought the e-book, but I'm going to need a physical copy, too. Maybe two... my local library could use a copy!

I'm a bit of a fan of Sarah's work, and as long as she doesn't decide I'm creepy, I'll happily follow her career until she doesn't have any more stories to tell.

Sarah Glover said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Deborah, the book is available in both formats: Tala, if you find your mind, please look for mine, I think it's under some couch somewhere... I feel your pain! Jennie, so nice to meet you. Ame1184, I hope you enjoy the book. Victoria, hope it was was great lunch! And bandmum, my dear, I love you to death.

Thanks again everyone. It was a pleasure meeting you.

Jennifer Lane said...

Loved this interview but what the hell is "lave"? *scratches head* Sarah, have you ever considered if your 11 and 14 year-olds ARE the ghosts? Hi, Laura!

janesbooks said...

Ooh, rock star / guitarist AND ghosts? Sounds awesome! Fingers crossed... :-)

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Sarah everyone!:)

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Sarah's ebook is Victoria vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com


And thanks to everyone for commenting!