Thanks so much for taking the spotlight today Saranna! I love getting to interview new-to-me authors and hear about their process, favorites, and books! I admit, your cover has already piqued my interest. I think it will have to go on my TBR list… NOW.
On to the interview:
Me: What was the first book you read that grabbed you? What genre? Who is the author?
S.D: This is such a difficult question. I’ve always been a reader. My mother started reading to me when I was very young and books have always been a part of my life. I don’t remember the first time a book grabbed me because I think they all did.
Me: Is there an author that you get fan-girl crazy over? Have you ever met him/her? Do you want to?
S.D: Many! I’m a writer, but I’m also a reader with a soul deep love of the genre. I’ve been lucky enough to have met many of the authors I grew up loving and those I fell in love with as an adult. Eloisa James, Teresa Medeiros, Christina Dodd, Kat Martin, Bertrice Small, Jennifer Blake and more recent additions to my auto buy list, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and F. Paul Wilson. They were all just fantastic.
- Favorite color? Purple
- Favorite season? Fall
- Favorite Hero – movie or book? Oh, there are so many. I love Heathcliff, Susan Kay’s version of Erik (the Phantom), Lothaire, I could go on.
- Snack weakness (food or drink)? Chocolate.
- What’s your Astrological sign? Leo.
- Do you write sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? Mostly toe-curling, but I write wherever the characters take me. It’s not up to me.
- Do you read sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? It depends on the author and the characters.
ME: What’s on your desk when you write?
S.D: My living situation is not ideal so I don’t have a desk. I use the dining room table. I have so much junk in my workspace, it’s ridiculous. But mostly, books.
Me: Do you write to music or quiet? If you do write with music, can you share one song that’s significantly impacted this story?
S.D: I had ADD, so I used to need music to give part of my brain busy work while the rest writes, but I’ve worked through that and I prefer to write in the quiet. Although, there are some songs that will hit me as belonging to certain characters. Caspian and Grace had a playlist, but I can’t find it now.
Me:What’s your favorite line from your most recent release? Why?
S.D: It’s actually a whole scene. I don’t want to give too much away but someone tells my hero that he can see he’d die for the heroine, but would he live for her. It moves me. Because to me, that’s what love is. Dying for someone is easier than living for them. You can only die once, but living for someone, that’s every day and it’s something you have to do over and over again.
Me: What’s next? You don’t have to get specifics – but feel free to leave a tantalizing snippet or cryptic hook.
S.D: Well, this year has been pretty busy for me. I have a whole slew of releases. (YAY) The second book in this series, How To Marry A Warlock in 10 Days comes out September 25, Felony Hex releases from Ellora’s Cave in October, as well as an anthology I’m in with Lauren Hawkeye and Megan Hart called Hot and Haunted from Avon Red. Then, my memoir called Sweet Hell on Fire releases from Sourcebooks in October. I’m also planning on releasing two serial novels. One is an erotica piece called Owned By the Enforcer. Think a Russian mobster version of Days of Our Lives with more sex and an urban fantasy series about a serial killer cop kind of like Dexter meets Anita Blake called Ride of the Darkyrie. So, my plate is crazy full.
**You are crazy busy! But busy is good right? Congrats on all of the Good coming your way!**
Me: Who is your favorite character from Greek Mythology OR which Olympian would you want to be? And why?
S.D: Would it wrong to choose one of my characters? While writing Desperate Housewives of Olympus I fell for Thanatos. He was dark, but he wasn’t really tortured. He was so confident and sure of himself, a cyberpunk version of death. I just love him. I really thought it would be Hades in all of his tortured glory that appealed to me, and don’t get me wrong, I love tortured. But Thanatos just… YUM.
**Not at all Saranna – I tend to fall in love with my characters too! LOL!**
Grace does. She’s got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she’s got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She’s also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue. See, her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend didn’t take kindly to her smutty Mephistophelean contract. It’s not that she’s conspiring with fiends; that was his idea. It’s that she’s conspiring against him with outrageous devilry that runs the gamut from embarrassing to a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul.
One should never trust demons, let alone shag them. They don’t have hearts. Yet Grace is buying hers some slightly tarnished armor and hoping that once he’s been shoveled into it, kicking and screaming, he’ll find it’s just his size. This damsel in distress needs a dark knight for a Happily Ever After.
Thanks for visiting today!!!