This week's Spotlight on Author is on Soraya Lane and her latest release, Always and Forever She also has a Kindle copy giveaway to one commenter!
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I’m the author of... Always and Forever.
My life… As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.
Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.
Influences… I’m inspired by authors I love and respect, the interesting people around me, and women’s issues that I feel need to be told in stories.
How I write… 5 years ago my answer would have been different… now I have two young boys! I fit my writing in whenever I can around them now, and that usually involves school hours 4 days a week, and a mad juggle on Fridays at home with a 2 yr old as well as some late nights once they’re in bed! When I’m working on a manuscript I have a minimum daily target of 2,000 words per day during the week, and somedays that’s easy and other days it feels like an impossible task.
Motivation… my writing is my full time job and I treat it as a job. In saying that, it’s what I love so I’m very lucky to do what I do for a living! I write romance, women’s fiction and middle grade children’s books for three different publishers, so my deadlines are a great motivator!
My book… Lisa and Matt can’t believe their luck. They have a dream house and a dream marriage, and very soon they’ll have a dream family too. But life is rarely that simple. When their beautiful life is rocked by tragedy, they are forced to make an unbearable choice. Suddenly the future they’ve built together looks fragile and exposed.
With aching hearts and their love on the line, they set off on a road trip through the stunning Californian landscape, hoping that time—and distance from the life they thought perfect—will help them start again. Matt is desperate not to lose Lisa, but as they confront their grief in different ways, he may have lost her already.
Where there is love there ought to be strength, but this love has been tested to its limits. Have they endured too much heartbreak for one couple to take? Or will a journey down memory lane put them back on the road to love, hope—and each other?