Today I’m honored to be hosting Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical/Presents and now a new series Bad Blood author, Sarah Morgan.
On Writing and Reading…
So, when did you start to write, how long did it take you to be published, and how did you decide which genre to write?
I started seriously after my first child was born and sold the third book I wrote. I don’t know exactly how long it took but it was probably a couple of years. I learned a lot from those two rejected manuscripts, most importantly that the happy ever after is supposed to be at the end, not the beginning J. I loved my characters so much I wanted them to be happy from page 1. Lovely for them but very boring for the reader. Fortunately I learned that lesson.
I bet all that juggling of jobs, relationships and commitments gives you plenty of fodder for your books. What sparks your creativity?
All sorts of things. People. Conversations. Things I read. Things I see. Things I overhear. And of course the ‘what if’ question which is a writer’s staple diet…..
What do you love most about being a writer?
I get paid to make things up! Jobs don’t get much better that that J Seriously though, I love creating characters and giving them their own stories. I love meeting other romance writers. Most of all I love hearing from readers.
Where do you write? Home office. Coffee shop etc.
All of the above. I do write at home but I find it helps to vary where I work. Sometimes I work in a coffee shop but inevitably I’m tempted by the endless supply of brownies and cupcakes so when I feel the need to impose discipline I use the library.
Do you have a favorite locale or setting for your novels? What is it and why is it your favorite?
I love setting books in the Mediterranean, particularly Greece. The island of Corfu is one of my favourite places but one day soon I’m going to pack my bags and visit you in Fiji……watch out..
You very welcome! Come visit me anytime!
Which of the books you have written is your favorite?
My favourite is usually the book I’ve just finished writing!
Describe the ultimate romantic meal.
Describe the ultimate romantic meal.
For me it’s the company, not the food.
What is your all-time favorite romantic movie?
I’m going to cheat and pick a TV series,The Vampire Diaries because the writing is exceptional and the acting is flawless. It should be compulsory viewing for anyone wanting to learn more about how to sustain tension and build conflict. And yes, it’s romantic.
And the anti-hero is super-hot and yummy as well!
What is your all-time favorite romantic song or composition?
Anything by Puccini.
What is the most romantic gesture or gift you have received?
Time to write when my children were very small.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
We spend time together and we talk. Alot. (I might talk just a tiny little bit more than he does J)
What tip would you give your readers to make their lives more romantic?
Learn to appreciate the small things.
Where is the most romantic place you’ve ever traveled?
Tell us something about yourself people may not expect or know.
I can’t stand broccoli (please don’t tell my kids)
To finish up, do you have any advice/handy tips/craft skills you'd like to share with unpublished authors?
Whether you’re a ‘plotter’ or a ‘pantser’, make sure you have a strong sustainable conflict before you start otherwise your book will grind to a halt half way through.
What one specific piece of advice would you give a would-be writer trying to kick-start a career?
Write the book you want to write. It’s important that the story that excites you. If you’re not excited by what you’re writing no one else will be either.
NOW TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK….
A Night of Scandal is the first in an exciting new series from Harlequin Presents called Notorious Wolfes (it was published first in the UK as Bad Blood and my book was called The Tortured Rake)
Nathaniel Wolfe is the ultimate bad boy, a Hollywood superstar who uses his incredible acting ability to conceal the shocking truth about his past. But secrets, especially nasty ones, have a way of escaping and when his carefully protected world fractures and he realises his past is about to be exposed, Nathaniel needs somewhere to hide. He turns in desperation to the first person he sees, costume designer Katie Field.
Katie lives alone. Coping with family problems of her own, she works hard, spending all her spare time drawing and designing costumes and trying to follow her dream. The closest she comes to glamour is when she dresses other people …….until the night Nathaniel Wolfe begs her for sanctuary. The only red carpet Katie has ever walked on is threadbare and her budget doesn’t allow for meals in expensive restaurants but suddenly she’s entertaining Hollywood royalty in her cramped London flat.
This is the story of an ordinary girl who finds herself swept into an extraordinary world. Daunted by Nathaniel the movie star, Katie wants to know Nathaniel the man but he fights against revealing that dark, damaged side he’s successfully hidden all his adult life. As their relationship deepens she wants to trust him but how do you believe the words of a man whose greatest skill is his ability to become someone else?
I loved writing A Night of Scandal – I hope readers enjoy it!
Thanks for sharing your insights about writing and some fun facts about your life, Sarah, it's been a honor having you here.
Thanks for having me Nas, it was fun!
Sarah has generously donated a copy of A Night of Scandal to one lucky person.