Today we are celebrating the release of Breaking a Legend by my friend Sarah Robinson. Sarah agreed to do an author spotlight interview, and share a bit about her new release!
So, Sarah, tell us a bit about what genre you like to write.
Mainly contemporary romance, but I have one series that is romantic suspense thriller. I’m also hoping to break into women’s fiction in the future!
I’ve got a women’s fiction book in the super early stages too. Why did you choose contemporary romance?
I’m not sure I really chose it, but more so just fell into it. I wrote the stories I loved and I believed in, only to find out later how they would specifically be categorized and what genre they fit in.
When did you start writing?
I’ve written my whole life, but mainly poetry and short stories. I wrote my first novel in 2013 and published it with a small press publisher that September. I’ve been writing ever since!
Do you have a backlist?
I do! I have six books published before this upcoming book, all of which were self published and can be found on my website. I have the romantic suspense thriller trilogy titled Tainted Bodies, Tainted Pictures, and lastly, Untainted. These three make up The Photographer Trilogy and have been by far my most successful, reaching #9 in Barnes & Noble total and #25 on Amazon. My second series is a rockstar contemporary romance series and also available on my website! My first traditionally published book is coming out 9/29/15 from Penguin Random House, titled BREAKING A LEGEND.
That is so exciting! Can you give a brief synopsis of Breaking a Legend? As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.
Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.
Damn, that sounds right up my alley. I’m glad I already pre-ordered it. This is something I always ask any author I meet. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m somewhere in the middle. I build the skeleton of the story ahead of time, but then flesh it out as I go and it’s always a bit different than what I’d thought it’d be.
That’s really similar to my writing style too. Do you have a writing schedule?
I have a deadlines schedule, just meaning that this is the latest this book can be done by without my entire world falling apart and my editor sending me an angry emoticon. However, how and when I write before then is entirely all over the map. I try to write some every single day, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Where do you like to do most of your writing?
I’m most productive if I go to Starbucks, or the library, and write there. However, more often than not, I write on my couch at home with a ton of dogs and cats surrounding me.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are so many that it’s hard to pick just a few, so I know this list is going to be missing some. However, I adore Caroline Kepnes, Rachel van Dyken, Beth Flynn, Monica Murphy, Lauren Layne, and so many more!
I’m always looking for new book recommendations. What are you reading now?
I just finished reading The Bet by Rachel van Dyken (loved!), and am starting an arc for one of Lavinia Kent’s books! I read all the time, it’s one of my favorite things possible.
Do you get embarrassed when you hear your work read aloud?
Oh yeah, how can you not? When your words are said out loud, it never sounds the same as in your head. Our writing is so private, even though we share it publicly, but seeing it displayed loudly…. gosh. Cheeks are red!
Who would you like to see play your main characters in the movie version of your book?
I’m really not entirely sure, as I don’t think any actor/actress would be able to perfectly encompass who I picture Clare and Rory as in my head. Whoever played Rory would need to be intense with deep silver eyes, and Clare would need a slight blush and perfect confidence.
How do you get into your writing zone?
It’s usually not a big to-do, just pulling open my documents. I do make sure that my writing station is set up the way I want it first though. I need something to drink- water, wine, or coffee- and maybe something snacky. I’ll need very little clutter around, because I want to stay focused. I usually have a notebook nearby as well with a pen ready to jot down ideas or lists.
What advice do you have for fledgling writers?
First, decide that this is really what you want to do. There is no such thing as a part time successful author. Sure, there are always exceptions to every rule, but for the most part, if you want to be an author, you have to put every part of yourself into this. The hours are long and there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Now, if you decide that yes, you want this more than you’ve wanted anything else- then just remember that! Remember that you want this, that you’ll do anything to make it happen, and you won’t stop until you do. It’s that simple- never give up on your dreams.
Would you share an excerpt from Breaking a Legend?
“Whoa, watch where you’re going,” a gruff voice spoke and a hand suddenly gripped her wrist as she paraded directly into a brick wall.
At least it felt like a brick wall.
Shocked, her mouth parted slightly, she stared up into shining silver eyes that she recognized as belonging to Rory Kavanagh. Blushing, she stepped back, but he still held her arm in his large hand.
“Clare,” he acknowledged before she could respond.
“Oh, hi,” she awkwardly stammered as he released her, and she wrapped one arm around her waist, as if to hug herself.
“If you wanted to see me again, you could have just asked for my number the other night.” A cocky smile spread from ear to ear under his scruffy short beard.
“I figured stalking you and then plowing right into your chest would be a more memorable experience.” Clare grinned, still blushing as she tried her best to force away her nerves.
Thanks again, Sarah. Congratulations on your new release!