Hi Sara! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book. Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
Ooh, I will always take a cappuccino. If you put a little caramel or cinnamon on it, that would be even more perfect. J
Fur or feathers, pet-wise?
Fur, since I have a cat and I’m not too fond of incessant chirping.
Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
Incessant chirping, obviously! … I expect people to follow through on what they say. Don’t talk up things to me if you’re never going to follow through and actually do them.
Tell us something about yourself that’s not in your bio.
I adore long hikes in nature and sitting next to a body of water. All my stress melts away, and I feel so peaceful.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Oops! I guess I just covered that! Going for walks and sometimes bike rides is my way to rejuvenate my writing muse.
If you had to choose another profession besides writer, what would it be and why?
Well, I have a degree in accounting, so I would go back to that but probably not by choice.
Are you a night owl or early bird?
I’m really not either. Is there a bird for “oh my gosh, how can I carve out another couple hours of sleep and still get everything done?” Since my kids start school really early, I guess you could say I’ve been forced into being an early bird.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I’ll take a cloning superpower. I need one me for housework, another to spend time with family, another for promotion, and about three more of me to write and edit all the books ideas I have floating in my head.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I got married the day after my twenty-first birthday. I think back now on how ridiculously young we were, but I don’t have a single regret and we’re still happily married MANY years later!
Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what type(s) of music makes you rock out)?
Ooh, definitely Keith Urban. “I’m In” is one of my top 5 favorite romantic songs, and I love country music in general.
Does music influence your writing?
I don’t think music directly influences my writing, but I love country music because every song is a story. A great song can tell rich story with a full setting and powerful emotions in only a few words. It definitely makes the writer in me think about how I can incorporate that technique into fiction writing.
While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
I think what surprised me the most starting out was typing THE END is just the beginning. Nobody sees the first draft of my books because they need a lot of work, and I need to self-edit extensively before my editor puts her hands on it. I hear about people who have a deadline at midnight and they pound out those last twenty pages, type THE END at 11:59, and send it off. Kudos to anyone who can writing like that. Alas, I cannot.
Where can readers find out more about you?
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Please tell us a bit about your latest book.
Gretchen Meyers is a full-figured woman living in a model thin world. Desperate to end her mother's constant, nagging stream of dieting and fashion “advice,” Gretchen tackles the challenge of reviving her mother’s faltering modeling agency. All she needs is to woo back Kyle Ramsey, once the hottest model in the country.
Making the preemptive choice to turn his back on his career seemed Kyle’s only option until Gretchen comes calling. He doesn’t care what she wants to offer him, the answer is no. Still, he’s intrigued by her refreshing personality and all her lovely, lush curves.
When tragedy strikes, Kyle finds comfort and healing in Gretchen’s arms. But he can’t trust her with his career-ending secret and she doesn’t believe their relationship will survive the long term. He’s perfect and she’s not even close. Can the fragile ties holding them together survive Kyle’s opportunity to become a true model hero?
Decadent Publishing http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=980&osCsid=ikh5q70apmn539c8aasam1tp61
What inspired you to write it?
I was asked by Decadent Publishing to be part of Calendar Men, a multi-author set of twelve books, one for each month based on this premise developed by author Joanne Kenrick:
Leonidas Russo is a former US Marine-turned-fashion model. He uses his connections in the fashion world to put a call out for models to be featured in a charity calendar he's put together to honor the memory of his brother, an Army soldier who died in the Afghan war. Proceeds for the calendar in the stories will benefit The Fallen Warriors Family Fund, a charity that gives scholarships and assistance to the families left behind.
I jumped at the chance to write Mr. September’s story. I studied the guidelines, spend a few days brainstorming, and the rest is history!
Thanks for spilling the beans today, Sara!
Let me get you a broom to clean up all those spilled beans. LOL! Thanks for allowing me to visit.
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Sara Daniel writes what she loves—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She lives her own happily-ever-after romance with her hero husband.