Thursday, August 7, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Sarah M. Anderson

Today's guest is the always fabulous Sarah M. Anderson. I had the good fortune to share a table with her at the Spring Fling book signing, where we pounced on people like promo sharks. Sarah was one of the readers at the August Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville (along with Shannyn Schroeder and special guest Bobbi Dumas) (and me) (I'm going to post about that next week). Sarah had puppets. You're all sad that you weren't there, because it was awesome.


1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

Oh, it’d be fun to write contemporary spicy space ninjas! But I’m more than happy to settle for contemporary, sexy, snarky Cowboys and Indians. It’s not a great book until you’ve got a shirtless cowboy (who can also be the Indian) riding on horseback, in my opinion. My Harlequin Desires may not have as many Cowboys or Indians (although I work them in when I can), but they’re still full of strong men who live by their own moral code, which is what I find most sexy about a cowboy in the first place!

2. What is your favorite thing about being an author?

I get to spend my days talking to imaginary people (real people are so…real!) AND I get paid for it. That’s what makes me happy! I have an office that looks out onto a magnolia tree and the sidewalk, a never-ending supply of tea and dogs that howl ferociously when the mail carrier sets foot on our street. That last thing is kind of irritating, but everything else is wonderful.

3. You have several sexy cowboy books (I love those covers). What inspired your new Rodeo Dreamers series?

I’d finished an earlier book and asked my friend Mary, “where do I go from here?” and she said, “I’d like to know what happens to June.” Within fifteen minutes, I knew that June would ride bulls.

Rodeo Dreams was originally a book that was a follow-up to a different book, but it got split off from that series and completely revamped. I redid the ending at LEAST three times, dropped subplots and secondary characters, added others back in—anything I could think of to save the book and my core characters.

It took my five years to sell it—and revise, revise, and REVISE it—but it’s still one of my most favorite books that I’ve written. Through it all, June and Travis have remained the same characters—both tough, stubborn and determined to win.

The second book in the series takes June’s cousin, Ian, and puts him in the bull riding arena—but not as a bull rider, but as a bull fighter. I’m really excited about his story and I hope to get to it soon!

4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

I just finished the entire backlist of Juliana Gray. I like to read historicals when I need a break from Cowboys and Indians! And I’ve really started enjoying historicals with an espionage flair recently. I’ve got Jeannie Lin’s The Jade Temptress waiting for me, too!

5. What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up The Temporary Nanny, which is for the Billionaires and Babies line of Desire. It’s my first one of those—I hope my editor likes it! After that’s done, I may work on a couple of side projects to finish out my summer. I have another bull riding story to work on and a sekrit project that I’d like to get back to. I also have a novella for my Men of the White Sandy series that I’d like to finish, but it’s my first novella and I kind of hit a wall on it. Who knew that writing short would be so challenging?

You can find out more about Sarah at these links:

Love is one unpredictable ride

Ride straight to the top of the rodeo circuit—that's June Spotted Elk's dream. Yes, bull-riding is a man's world, but she won't let anyone—not even a sexy, scarred stranger—get in her way.

Seasoned bull rider Travis Younkin knows what it's like to make it to the top—and then hit the bottom. Back in the arena to resurrect his career, he can't afford a distraction like June. No matter how far he'll go to protect her from the danger. No matter how deeply the stubborn and beautiful rider gets to him…

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Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go. Sarah won the 2012 RT Book Reviewer’s Choice for Desire of the Year for A Man of Privilege.

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son. You can learn more about Sarah at www.sarahmanderson.com.

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