Hello Readers : )
As you all know, fellow Inkspell author, Sasha Summers’s latest book release was a few days ago. While she is busy promoting the second installment to her Red Carpet series, she was still able to sit and answer a few questions for me.
Please read along to find out a little more about her preferences when it comes to writing.
But first, a sneak peek from Hollywood Holiday.
All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.
Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?
But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.
Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.
You can buy the book at:
Sasha provided answers for a few questions and here’s what she had to say,
1) Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m a wife, mom to an amazing brood of brilliant children, and horrible housekeeper. I love to read and am very privileged to do something I love to do everyday (no, not the laundry – though I try to do some everyday too) – I write.
2) Which project are you currently promoting?
I’m juggling a bit. Book 3 of the Red Carpet Series (who do you think this one is about?), a YA novel – The New Girl, and the 3rd book in my Greek Mythology series. Yep, I’m all over the place.
3) Can you tell us what the book is about?
A star that’s lost her place in Hollywood after making some seriously bad choices. A Marine fresh out of the military. Their crazy attraction and the obstacles (and there are quite a few) they have to overcome to figure things out.
4) How did you come up with the title for this book?
My supremely awesome publisher.
5) What inspired you to write this book?
I’d written two scenes for the first book with the heroine from this book in it but ended up cutting them. Those scenes had introduced a little of what she was going through – and I couldn’t get rid of the story line so I thought – ‘Why not give her her very own book?’
6) Did you have the main character’s names already picked out before you began to write? This was kind of easy for me since most of the characters came into being in Hollywood Ever After. The few new characters names sprang up and clicked.
7) What can you tell us about your main characters?
Well, Gunner is an alpha male. He’s a Marine, coming home for the first time in a few years. He’s a little scarred, but he has a heart of gold. And Jen is this slightly paranoid woman struggling to figure out how to repair the damage she’s done to her career. Meeting Gunner is a total-and delightful-surprise that puts things in a totally different light.
8) Did you have to do any research in order to help you with the writing of this book?
A little bit. I wanted to make sure some places in Hollywood were real and that Gunner’s background was solid.
9) What made you decide to become a writer? I’ve always loved to tell stories. I guess I thought I’d jump in and see if other people thought my stories were worth reading.
10) What genre do you generally write?
Romance – pretty much any subgenre.
11) Are you interested in writing other genres?
Outside of romance? Not really – it’s where my heart is. I’m a fan of passion, romance, and falling in love. J
12) Do you follow a routine when you begin to write a scene or chapter?
No – I’m a total pantser. I wish I had a more formal process, sometimes, but so far – not so much.
13) How long does it usually take for you to write a book?
Anywhere from a few weeks to several months – it depends on the project and the amount of research I have to do.
14) Do you have a general idea of what direction you want the plot to take ahead of time or does it come to you once you’ve started writing?
For the most part, yes. I am very flexible though and have had characters take me places I wasn’t expecting to.
15) What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
I think Jen is a wonderful character because she’s flawed, she knows it, and she tries to do better. I think that’s honest and real.
16) Have you ever had second doubts about a story you’ve written? If so, have you wanted to rewrite some parts of it?
Yes!!! I doubt everything I write. Sometimes I rewrite, but I rarely scrap something entirely.
17) Are there any authors you admire?
Oh, gosh, sooo many. Honestly, where to start?
18) What are your favorite titles from this or other authors?
Again, I can’t really answer this one since there are so many. LOL!
19) Have you written any series? If not, are you planning to write any in the future?
This is the second book in a series – The Red Carpet Series. And I have another series, based on classic Greek Mythology, as well – The Loves of Olympus series.
20) What other projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on Book 3 of the Red Carpet Series, book 3 of the Loves of Olympus Series, and a YA novel as well.
21) When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
22) Once you begin to work on a new MS, do you have the ending already mapped out or do you envision it as the story progresses?
Yes, I normally have an idea of what I’m working toward.
23) Are there any writing styles you prefer?
24) Did you self-publish? If not, is that something you will be willing to consider in the future?
I haven’t. But I’m definitely thinking about it.
25) What is your least favorite part about getting published?
Hmm. I don’t think I have a least favorite part. Oh wait, it’s waiting on the cover. I’m a visual person so I worry a lot over the covers. So far, I’ve been a VERY happy author with all of my covers.
26) Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Not really. I was very lucky to find publishers who loved my stories as much as I did.
27) Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
Yes. I have kids. I’m not sure they want their mom to be a romance writer so I don’t force it on them.
28) Where do you see yourself in five years?
Right here at my desk, writing.
29) What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Write the story of your heart.
30) Where can the readers find more information about you?
My website has all my links: www.sashasummers.com
About the author:
Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.
Thank you Sasha for being a guest on my blog.