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Delilah Steele was living the high life. She had a high-powered job, a man she loved and nothing was holding her back. When her world, and her trust, was irrevocably shattered by the man she loved, Delilah had no choice but to return to the town she grew up in – and couldn’t wait to leave. There, she goes to work for Aiden Dean, a handsome heartbreaker who seems to have his eye on Delilah. When Delilah’s long-absent father arrives on the scene, she has to figure out how to cope with his presence and desire to be a part of her life. Now Delilah has to learn how to live – and love – all over again. Will her hard knocks past continue to haunt her, or will Aiden break through her tough exterior and show her that forever can be a good thing?
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota and I now live in a tiny little rural town about an hour north of there.
What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?
Writing is something I’ve always enjoyed. I did well at it in school and it’s a habit I continued after I graduated. I’ve been writing professionally for almost three years now.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That was a revelation of sorts for me. I always referred to myself as an aspiring writer until a published friend pointed out that whether or not I was published, I was still a writer.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My most recent novel is Delilah’s Passion. In thirty words or less, it’s the story of a woman who discovers that it is possible to go home again.
I love reading the warnings on the blurbs for many books. If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
It would definitely say, “Warning, Schmoop ahead.” I love the frou frou, schmoopsy, lovey dovey. I always write a happily ever after. It’s just part of who I am.
How did you come up with the title?
The title is the result of dozens of emails between my editor, my publisher and myself. My original title, Not Just Another Love Story, was too clumsy.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Delilah’s Passion is not part of a series, but I am working on my next several books. You can watch for 14 Days of Oh and Tech Love, hopefully both available in 2013.
Who designed the cover of your book?
The uberly talented Kim Killian did my cover.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
In five years, I hope to be traditionally published with a major publisher. Sizzler will always be home, and I will always publish my erotic romance with them, but I’d like to see myself agented and talking about movie deals.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Given an unlimited budget and bookshelf space, I prefer hardcover books. But, because I don’t have unlimited money or space, I have all three types in my collection.
Are you a self-published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
I’m an Indie author in the traditional sense of the phrase, meaning that I’m published with several small/indie presses, not self-published.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
Definitely more books in the romance genre, but I am also working on an Urban Fantasy trilogy. I’m also starting book one in an open ended romantic suspense series.
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
Writer’s block is hard. I have had it and I think everyone I know who writes has suffered from it at some point. It’s different for everyone. For me, the best solution is just to keep writing. Even if the words are awful and I delete them all later, I just need to push through.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
The end. That’s always what comes to me the most clearly. I’m a sap for the Happily-Ever-After.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
If I like a book, I’ll read it over and over again. I’ve got two six foot bookshelves and a three foot shelf and I won’t hazard a guess as to how many books they hold, but they’re all books I’ve read and reread.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?
I literally just finished Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare in hardcover and 666 Park Ave. by Gabriella Pierce in paperback. I don’t necessarily mind one format over the other, but I like to have all books of a series in the same format.
Are there any new Authors that have seized your interest and why?
Gabriella Pierce. Such a compelling read! Best book about witches I’ve read.
Is there anything you would change in your last book and why?
I am one of those authors who is constantly going over what I’ve written and wanting to make changes. There comes a point where I just have to step away and say, ‘This is the best I can write this book.’ That’s where I’m at with Delilah’s Passion. I learned a lot in the writing and editing process.
Would it make for a better book? Maybe, maybe not. It’s impossible to say. It’s my first published novel and I’ll always have a soft spot for it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
This bit of advice comes with a caveat, but it’s something I always remind myself – write what you know. BUT –and here’s the caveat – just because you haven’t physically done something, doesn’t mean you can’t know it. If that was the case, we’d have no historical fiction, no fantasy, no sci-fi…
Research, research, research, until you do know your subject. It’s tedious, and it’s time consuming, but it’s also fascinating and so much fun.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten, I think, was from my fabulous beta reader, Lori. She said to me, “Look at every scene through the eyes of someone who’s never been there before. What would they notice? Smell? See? Hear?”
I keep that on a ‘post-it’ on the desktop of my computer so I see it each time I open a document. I tend to focus so much on my characters that I lose track of my setting. Lori helps me find it again.
Do you write under a pen name?
I do, but only because my real name is kind of a mouthful. No one can ever figure out how to spell it. Sarah Bella is the nick name my best friend’s mother gave me in elementary school.
What are your pet peeves?
Oh, so many. I’m a Leo. Supposedly that means I’m intolerant. I say it’s not that I’m intolerant, it’s that I’m superior Not really, but I do have pet peeves. I hate when people, usually a business, will purposely misspell a word to make it matchy-matchy with another – KinderKorner.
Makes me crazy. Krazy…
Cats or dogs?
I have both and I adore them both, but if I had to choose, I’d say dogs. Give me a big, furry, 200 pound lap dog any day – a Newfoundland, a Bernese Mountain Dog, Australian Shepard. I’d love to have a Great Dane someday.
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
I could never pick just one. Make me choose a nationality and I’ll say Greek.
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
My laptop, cell phone, iPod and eyebrow pencil.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
Whenever inspiration strikes.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Ooh, deserted island. I’m going to want multi-talented people, know what I mean?
Robert Pattinson, hands down, he’s got the acting, the singing, the pretty… So many reasons to keep him around.
Liam Neeson. Nobody messes with him, well, they do, but they never win. If he can take on a pack of wolves, I’m pretty sure he can keep me well fed, too.
Hugh Jackman. Do I need to explain this? He’s the only man in the world who could play wolverine. Of course I need him.
One of your favourite quotes –
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” Saul Bellow
An actor you have a crush on –
Ooh, Robert Pattinson, definitely.
What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
The Avengers! Loved it!
Sarah is a small town Minnesota girl who calls pop by its proper name – pop. She is a multi-published author of romance and erotica who writes both novels and short stories in the romance, mystery/suspense, paranormal and erotica genres.
She loves traveling anywhere south of the equator and finds that a nice dark microbrew can help get the creative juices flowing. When she’s not writing or traveling, you can find Sarah with her nose buried in a book.
Sarah lives in the small town she grew up in with her husband, three children, her cat and her dog.
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