Interview with Sara Daniel

Welcome Sara.  Thank you for visiting today.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since 5th grade. My first “book” was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! By junior high, I needed a way to fit in all the emotions and motivations, and I started writing novels. I simply love to write romance and happily-ever-after.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Write, write, write. Before you can have a best-selling novel, you have to finish writing it. And don’t forget to keep reading.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Whenever I suffer from writer’s block, it ends up being a symptom that something is wrong with the story. Either the plot isn’t progressing in a logical fashion, or the characters are not acting in a way that is true to who they really are. Once I identify and fix the problem, the writer’s block magically disappears.

 

What comes first: the plot or the characters?

I usually begin with a situation. I don’t know the story or the conflict well enough to build a plot out of it yet. But I wouldn’t say I begin with a character either. I have to flesh out the situation by adding personality, quirks, motivation, and a conflict the characters must overcome on their road to happily ever after. By the time I do this, I’ve usually found my plot.

 

Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Captivating the CEO is part of Decadent Publishing’s Challenge series, which is the perfect home for the book I couldn’t give the “and they were magically cured and never had any pain or hardship again forever and ever” happy ending. Captivating the CEO is a romance novel with a real-life happy ending, the type of happy ending I want for every person I know who has a medical problem similar to Willow’s.

 

Are you working on something at present that you would like to tell us about?

One Night with the Bridesmaid, a 1Night Stand story and the sequel to One Night With the Bride which released in May, will be coming out near the end of the year. I’m currently brainstorming some additions to my “Small Town, Big Dreams” series and hope to have some news on that front in the coming year.

What is your work schedule like when writing?

Because I have kids, I follow the school calendar. When they’re in school, I write. To get away from my Internet connection, I like to go to the other end of my house with an old laptop that’s not connected to the Internet. I sit cross-legged in a big comfy chair and write. When the weather is nice, I’ll take the laptop outside to a deck chair or picnic table.

 

Describe the “perfect hero.”

My all-time favorite hero is Kenny Karmody from Suzanne Brockmann’s Out of Control. That mix of sweet, vulnerable, tough, fearless, and irreverent made me fall head-over-heels in love in a way I never have before or since with any other book character.

 

What has been your biggest adventure to date?

I’d consider publishing my biggest adventure. The landscape is always changing. The rules are all changing. And there is always so much to look forward to.

 

What is the one modern convenience you can’t do without?

Word processing software. Seriously, if I had to write everything by hand and/or retype the entire manuscript every time I made changes, I’d have piles and piles of unsalable manuscripts under my bed. Easy revisions are my friend!

 

Electronic Books or Paperback and why.

Electronic books! I can take my e-reader anywhere. I can buy a new book from my bedroom and start reading it instantly. Plus, my favorite books are short-length novellas that I can read in one sitting, which are just too short to be made into paperbacks.

Captivating the CEOSD_Captivating the CEO_LG
by

Sara Daniel

Blurb:
When live-for-the-moment massage therapist Willow Jeffries bursts into Colin Vanderhayden’s office, she makes it her mission to loosen up the future-focused CEO, knowing each moment of the present is too precious to waste. Despite her immediate attraction, the only future she can offer is one full of heartache.
The last thing Colin needs is a flighty woman messing up his carefully-constructed plans, but her heavenly massages and addictive personality prove heard to resist. But he has no idea how sick she is.
No longer able to ignore her life-threatening medical condition, Willow slips away to spare Colin a miserable future with her. Is Colin willing to sacrifice his well-laid future plans to get Willow back?

Buy Links:

Decadent Publishing

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Excerpt:
Cupping her face with his hands and angling his mouth, he poured the intensity she’d previously only seen him devote to his work into turning her body into a tingling, craving mass of need. She loved the way he cradled her-so gentle, yet firm.
Stars danced in front of her eyes, but she willed them away to press her tongue between his lips. No matter how light-headed she became, she refused to miss a moment of the kiss. Colin’s mouth made the opportunity to enjoy worth the risk of passing out.
But, too soon, he broke off, panting, his eyes dilated with desire. “I have to get that.”
“Get what?” His words made no sense, then her ears started ringing. No, not her ears. His damned phone.
“Of course you do.”
But he’d already turned his attention to a conversation he gave far more importance to than anything she offered.
Sinking onto the couch, she pressed her fingers to her still tingling lips. Dear God, she hoped she didn’t affect him as strongly as he affected her. If he became emotionally invested, she’d bring pain and misery into his life.

About the author:
SaraDaniel_headshot_9-2012_croppedSara 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.
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