Sarah, thanks so much for having me here at Castles and Guns! I'm a born and bred So Cal girl, married with two grown sons. I blog about wine, gardening and cooking, and I write like a fiend when I get the chance.
2. When/how did you know you wanted to write?
My father is a writer, and so was my brother. My mother told epic stories to me every night before I went to sleep for years. Storytelling is in my blood, lol.
3. How long did it take you to get published?
I started writing with an eye to publication ten years ago. Someone once said it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice at anything to begin to attain mastery; I figure I'm almost at that 10k hour number.
4. How long does it take for you to write a book?
It depends. No, seriously. I've written 85k words in 16 days, and then again it's taken me 8 weeks to write 60k for a first draft. Of course, this is all without deadlines. I love deadlines. But when I give them to myself, my inner diva just laughs at me. DEMON SOUL was written in spurts in 2008; sent on the contest circuit in 2009, and rewritten twice. It sold in October of 2010. I wrote three other books during that time as well, though, so I wasn't strictly focused on DEMON SOUL.
5. Tell us about your new release DEMON SOUL.
DEMON SOUL is the story of Gabriel Caine, one of the Caine brothers, who are tribreds – demon, human and Fae blood runs through their veins and has for dozens of generations. Each Caine has his own way of dealing with their blood and the gifts and traps that come with it. Gabriel has suffered from the demon blood inside him, and when his soul is stolen by a bitch-vamp, he’s got to get it back or he’ll become the demon he fears.
6. What inspired DEMON SOUL?
A couple of things. I wanted to write paranormal, but I didn't want to stick with misunderstood vampires or sexy werewolves. Instead, I decided to mix the bloodlines - demon and Fae along with humans. I figured that would give me a lot to play with, story-wise. I wrote a short story, hoping to sell it to Nocturne Bites, Harlequin's paranormal novella line. They really liked the story but ultimately they passed on it. While they were considering it, I began Gabriel's story, since my hero in the short story was the oldest of three boys. I took the youngest, who'd fled the family home ten years prior to the opening of the book, and went from there.
7. What do you have in the works next?
The second in the series is called DEMON HUNT. The title is from the short story, but I've had to scrap almost the whole thing in order to get enough meat for a 90k novel. It's the story of Gregor Caine, the eldest of the Caine boys. Where Gabriel hates his demon blood but uses it when he has to, Gregor refuses to be anything but totally human. Unfortunately, circumstances arise where he must use both his demon and Fae blood in order to save the woman who has won his guarded heart.
8. What is your advice to aspiring authors?
Read, write, take as many online classes as you can, join Romance Writers of America no matter what genre you write - we are an inclusive group. If you don't want to join RWA, then join Savvy Authors (SavvyAuthors.com). Finish the manuscript. Write another one. Writing isn't easy; it's more difficult than digging ditches. If you think you might want to do something other than write, then maybe you should do that other thing. Writing, like aging, is not for sissies. And if you still want to write after all of that, then welcome to the club!
Gabriel Caine stands on the edge of the abyss. A vampire has stolen his soul and if he doesn’t get it back soon, his next step will be into Hell.
Rose Walters has been sent back from the dead to complete one task- save Gabriel Caine. She’s drawn to Gabriel on the most basic level, but restoring his soul may cost Rose her life.
Rose has touched the whole of Gabriel, making him yearn for a love he believes he can never have. Her willingness to put her human life on the line for him forces him to bring all three parts of himself – demon, human, and Fae bloodlines, and the strengths of each – into harmony, and into the fight that will decide their fate.
Make sure to comment for the chance to win a copy of DEMON SOUL, your choice of print or ebook. If there are more than 10 commenters, Christine will giveaway a print book AND an ebook!
EDIT: Congrats to the winners! Ilona and Blackroze!