Interview with romance author Sara Brookes

Today’s guest author is Sara Brookes to talk to us a bit about her writing and her newest erotic novel Chasing Sin. (Content below is PG).

Sara is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to a lucky commentor. Details below the interview.
Bio:
Sara Brookes is an award-winning author
who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the
lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie
junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of
the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at
heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story.
Welcome, Sara. Please tell us about your current release.
Chasing Sin is a contemporary erotic romance ménage (m/m/f)
about three friends who chase storms. So far, that’s the thing people find most
surprising – that I could combine storm chasing and erotic romance. I say how
can I not? Snyder and Tripp have been together for around nine years, and
they’ve been chasing storms in Tornado Alley with Kate for five. After a
particularly dangerous chase that could have very easily turned fatal, they
decide they aren’t going to wait any longer to tell Kate how they
really feel about her. Sure, she’s
reluctant but she does give in.
What inspired you to write this book?
Storm chasing, and weather in general, is
something that I’ve always been fascinated by. I live on the East Coast, so
hurricanes are a reality for me (I’ve been through…a lot of them—mostly Cat 1
and 2 strength). In addition to being fascinated with love stories, I love
writing high-energy, high-action stories. Storm chasing seemed like a perfect
avenue for just that thing.

Excerpt:
“We’re
looking at a direct hit. Almost as if we had a great big target on my roof.”
Sometimes it was all about knowing your gut and he’d bet anything those
instincts drove her forecast. Kate sighed heavily as she pushed away from the
table. “Though I don’t think it’s going to strengthen any more. Unless I’m
wrong about that too.”
Doubt was
a natural part of this business and he’d seen her have it enough to know she
didn’t truly believe she’d made an error. “Should I remind you that after five
years of chasing together you’ve never been wrong?”
Her eyes
cut to the computer. “I think in this case I wish I was.”
“Wish you
were what?” Tripp’s voice, still thick with sleep, sounded behind Snyder. He
pressed a quick kiss to the back of Snyder’s neck as he passed, and Snyder took
a moment to admire the way his ass moved under the towel he’d slung around his
hips. “Got any coffee?”
“Third
cabinet on the left. Top shelf.”
Snyder
watched Kate’s focus return to the laptop but he’d seen something that caused
him to smile. It had been subtle, and if he hadn’t been watching her, he would
have missed it completely.
But seen
it he had.
That faint
shimmer of those strong eyes, the flash of red on her cheeks when Tripp came up
behind him and kissed his neck, was hard to simply ignore. Whatever reason had
driven her out of the hotel room that night hadn’t been because of the lack of
desire. The brief flare had been enough to tell him she wanted them both still.
Lucky for
them, sitting around waiting for this monster to get here at the end of the
week left him plenty of time to get to the bottom of things. One of the few
times he was certainly going to appreciate the downtime.
What exciting story are you working on next?
I have a few projects going on at the moment,
most notably a follow up to one of my other m/m/f books (this one a BDSM title)
Ragged Edge. Before we even finished
up with edits for it last year, my editor was already asking for another book
set in the same world/club. Luckily, one of the secondary characters in
Ragged Edge was already talking up a
storm. Adam is pretty unique, so I’m looking forward to getting to tell his
story.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I found I couldn’t stop writing. I’d try to
step away from a story because I thought I was done and kept thinking about it
almost constantly. It still happens on occasion—I get so caught up in the story
I just want to sit down and get as much out as I can so I don’t forget it all.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work
day like?  If not, what do you do other
than write and how do you find time to write?
I still have a desk job I enjoy (marine designer—which
isn’t as boring as it sounds but it’s not as exciting as storm chasing, that’s
for certain), so I have to balance it and family in order to have time to
write. Sometimes it’s a complicated dance, but really it’s just a matter of
juggling things in order to make it work. Luckily my family understands and my
weekends are usually spent in my home office working on whatever story. About
ten years ago, I always complained I never had the time to write. And then I
realized, if it’s something I want to do—I had to
make the time. I think that’s still true to this day. Something
always has to give; you just have to decide what.
What would you say is your interesting writing
quirk?
I still write in spiral notebooks. That’s right,
everyone else is sitting around Starbucks with their laptops and there’s me
with pen and paper. It’s a rare occasion where I will write an entire book
directly on the computer. Most of the time, a good chunk of it is scribbled on
out a notebook that gets carried everywhere with me (no need to worry about
battery life or finding an outlet!). I have a bin in my office where I keep
those notebooks when I’ve completed a story too. Why yes, I am a packrat. LOL
As a child, what did you want to be when you
grew up?
Oh let’s see – a crossing guard, a drafter, a
police officer, an astronaut, a firewoman and a mom. Yup, I didn’t just want to
be one of those things—I wanted it all. Greediness aside, I did become two of
those things. A mom and a designer (they don’t call us drafters anymore).
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?
I just completed my first 5K in May. I’m still
wondering what sort of crazy took over my head the day I signed up.

Wow, Sara, you definitely have variety in your life! Thank you for stopping by today and sharing a bit about yourself with us.  (I just ran my first 5K in April, so know what you mean!)

Readers, Sara is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commentor. I encourage you to follow the tour and comment. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Remember to leave your e-mail address if you’d like to be entered. 

17 thoughts on “Interview with romance author Sara Brookes

  1. Mary Preston says:

    I've seen a couple of movies about chasing storms, but never read about it in a book. It is fascinating. CHASING SIN has caught my attention. I'm looking forward to the tour.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Lisa Haselton says:

    Glad to have you stop by, Sara. Your novel sounds like a lot of fun…like Marybelle, I've seen movies and TV shows about stormchasers, but never read a book that involves them. 🙂

    • Sara Brookes says:

      I agree, Lisa (and marybelle) I've never seen a book written about storm chasing like this, one of the reasons I wrote it!

  3. Catherine Lee says:

    What is a marine designer? I've never heard of that job before.

    I also live on the east coast and have weathered many hurricanes. When I lived in FL, we used to have hurricane parties at the beach. Good times…Not very safe, but I was young and foolish.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Sara Brookes says:

      Catherine – a marine designer is just a fancy way of saying I design boats. LOL

      I love hurricane parties! I've been to several (I live on the East Coast as well) but you're right, fun but not very safe! Thanks for stopping by. :^)

    • Sara Brookes says:

      I encounter a lot of people who say that very same thing, which, in the whole scheme of what it entails, it totally understandable. LOL

  4. MomJane says:

    I am sitting in the midst of a huge storm right now. Your story sounds like you have seem a few yourself.56 temsBin

  5. Joanne says:

    I would never want to be a storm chaser. Too big of a scaredy cat. Congrats on the new release. This book sounds like a winner. Can't wait to read it.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  6. Karen H says:

    Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  7. Grandma to Twins + One says:

    When there's storms around, my husband is glued to the skies, weather on tv, and the internet. He would love to join in on a weather chase! I keep telling him to find a group of professionals, as he's not doing it by himself. LOL

    This book is going on my Must Read lisst!

    ladystingray72118(at)gmail(dot)com

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