Today I’m interviewing romance author, Sara Grimm, whose hot romance featuring a former rock star and wounded piano player is earning rave reviews. I’ve asked Sara a few questions about herself and her new release.
1- 1- When do you do your best writing? Morning? Evening? Or mid-day? And how do you organize your writing time?
I do my best writing in the morning when the rest of the house is still asleep. I wake up around 4:30 seven days a week. Not necessarily by choice, my internal alarm clock just goes off at that time. If I don’t sit down and write in the morning, chances are good I won’t get any writing done that day. I’m too easily distracted by the million other things I need to get done – grocery shopping, the day job, orthodontist appointments, or house cleaning.
2- 2- Are you a reader as well as a writer? What have you read lately?
I love to read! The only problem is that lately I’ve been working 55+ hour weeks so that doesn’t leave me much time. My To-Be-Read shelf is literally overflowing with books. Just because I haven’t had time to read doesn’t mean my purchasing has slowed one bit! My list has grown considerably longer since I began participating in Six Sentence Sunday – an event where every Sunday writers, published or not, post six sentences from one of their books. It’s a great way to find new books, and as an author, this has really helped me tighten my writing. Looking for six sentences to draw the reader in, forces an author to look closely at their writing.
I don’t get online much on the weekends. But I have seen your Six Sentence Sunday and love it. I don’t have as much time to read any more as I’d like either. But my Nook has twenty new books waiting for me to make time and After Midnight is one of them.
3- 3- How do you spend your free time when not reading or writing? Do you even have free time?
I have very little free time, but the time I do have I prefer to spend with my husband. Whether we go out to dinner, a movie, or just sit at home together, as long as the time is spent with him, it doesn’t matter to me what we do.
I hear you. My husband and I enjoy going to Emerald Isle, NC and walking on the beach, even in the winter.
4- 4- Since I love to travel and seldom do, I like to hear about other places. It’s one reason I love to read and write. I get to travel in my head. Much cheaper that way. Lol! So, where do you live? What’s the climate and topography like?
I live in Michigan, home of Detroit – car capital of the world; the Mackinac Bridge – one of the longest suspension bridges in the world; and the longest freshwater shoreline in the world. Specifically, I live in West Michigan, in a small city that sits right on Lake Michigan. It’s a truly beautiful area surrounded by rivers and lakes, full of trees, greenery and sandy beaches.
This is our Pier. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Although, at least three months out of the year, it looks more like this:
Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love lighthouses. Not so fond of all that snow. Wow!
5- Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever visited?
As a child my parents took us camping in nearly all of the 50 states, so I’ve seen the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore, I’ve visited Niagara Falls, and I even walked the mighty Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day. Outside of the United States, I’ve only been to Canada – Stratford, Ontario, specifically – for their Shakespeare Festival.
Was it vacation, business, or research? And, have you ever combined travel and research?
The places listed above were all for vacations. Unfortunately, I don’t get much vacation time, and I haven’t had a chance to combine travel and research. Perhaps, now that my sons are older, I’ll get some time away from home. I’d love to visit England and Scotland!
Scotland and England are on my list too. My daughter is actually visiting Scotland over Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to see the pictures.
8- Where is your most recent release set?
AFTER MIDNIGHT is set in Long Island City, the westernmost borough of Queens, New York. Known for its waterfront parks and high concentration of art galleries – and also the famous Silvercup Studios sign (which I will forever equate with the movie Highlander) – this area just felt like the ideal place to set both a private recording studio and Izzy’s bar. My heroine, Isabeau Montgomery, has been hiding from her past for years, and while most of the book takes place in either her bar or her apartment one floor above, there is a quick jaunt to London, England, hometown of my hero, Noah Clark.
9- Tell us something about the book
She wants to forget her past.
He wants to reclaim his.
Sometimes the moment that changes everything comes After Midnight.
AFTER MIDNIGHT is a story that is near and dear to me. The story of Isabeau, owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. Here is the official blurb:
Thirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…
Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal–one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.
Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?
10- Lastly, what are you working on now?
While writing After Midnight, one of the secondary characters kept telling me he needed his own story, so I’m writing that one now. Midnight Heat is a reunion romance, and although I had no plans to give Dominic his own book, about half-way through writing After Midnight, I fell so in love with his character I had to make sure he got his own happily-ever- after.