Interview with writer Sara Ohlin

Romance
author Sara Ohlin joins me today to share
a bit about her new contemporary romance, Handling the Rancher.

During her virtual book tour, Sara will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered
for a chance to win use the form below. To increase your chances of
winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:
Puget Sound based writer, Sara Ohlin is a mom, wannabe photographer, obsessive
reader, ridiculous foodie, and the author of the upcoming contemporary romance
novels, Handling the Rancher and Salvaging Love.
She
has over fifteen years of creative non-fiction and memoir writing experience,
and you can find her essays at Anderbo.com, Feminine
Collective
, Mothers
Always Write
, Her
View from Home
, and in anthologies such as Are We Feeling Better Yet?
Women Speak about Healthcare in America
, Take Care: Tales, Tips, &
Love from Women Caregivers
, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Although
she’s the author of many essays about life, grief, motherhood and the
connections we make through delicious food and shared meals, Sara loves
creating imaginary worlds with tight-knit communities in her romance novels.
She credits her mother, Mary, Nora Roberts and Rosamunde Pilcher for her love
of romance.
If
she’s not reading or writing, you will most likely find her in the kitchen
creating scrumptious meals with her two kids and amazing husband, or perhaps
cooking up her next love story.
She
once met a person who both “didn’t read books” and wasn’t “that into food” and
it nearly broke her heart.

Welcome, Sara. Please share a little bit about your current release.
In
Handling the Rancher we meet the oldest Brockman brother, Cruz who has
just returned home to inherit the family farm in Graciella (a fictional town on
Oregon’s rugged coast). His tyrant of a father did not take good care of the
farm or the employees, and it has been Cruz’s long buried dream to make
Brockman Farms an amazing and thriving farm/ranch/community. Seemingly cold and
closed off accountant, Miranda Jenks, arrives to potentially threaten his dream
if her audit shows foul play.
Miranda
hasn’t had much love in her life, even from her parents. Having recently lost
her mother, she is literally alone in the world. Slowly, the beauty of the
landscape, the lovely people and Cruz’s attention thaw the shell she’s built
around her heart and she realizes she deserves love and happiness. The question
is, can she convince Cruz that he too is worthy of her love?

What inspired you to write this book?

I
was living in a place with not too many friends and family close by. I decided
to write a fictional place that I would want to be a part of. A place full of
gorgeous geography, great friends, community, delicious food and love.

Excerpt from Handling the Rancher:
Shouldn’t things seem easier between us? He’d apologized.
They’d cleared the air on that whatever-it-was that had happened in the
library. ‘Kiss’ was too mild a word. He’d practically blown all the fuses in
her brain. He’d devoured her. Nothing felt easier. Instead the space seemed to
shrink and she felt as though someone had sucked all the oxygen out of the
barn. She started walking backwards toward the barn door.

“I should go.”
“I need to get—”
They spoke at the same time. He
laughed and let a breath out as he faced her. “Miranda.”
“Yes,” she said, caught in his gaze.
“I’m not sorry for that kiss,” Cruz
said, his face serious again as he pinned her with that look of desire. He took
a step toward her. “I’m sorry for being rude, for putting you in an awkward
position.” He continued walking closer. “But I’m not sorry for that kiss, for
feeling what I felt. You confuse me.”
“Bossy accountant not your type?”
She tried to joke, but the words came out jagged.
His strides were long. In an instant
he’d caught up to her so their bodies were almost touching. “I don’t know what
my type is.” His voice deepened. “I haven’t been in one place long enough or
spent enough time trying to figure out if I have a type. The only thing I’ve
ever been sure of is my work and this land, the farm, the people.”
He tucked a stray hair behind her
ear. The intimacy startled her more than his gaze. She felt raw inside with
need. She only had to stretch up a little to meet him. Her lips could be on his
again. That delicious fire could consume her, which was exactly why she took a
large step back and kept going.
What
exciting story are you working on next?

I
just finished Lily and Turner’s story, the 2nd book after Handling
the Rancher
, which was so much fun! I also have another series debuting in
December, also published by Totally Bound/Totally Entwined Group. It’s called Salvaging
Love
, and I’m working on the 2nd book in that series. Writing 2
different series at the same time makes me feel like I have multiple personalities,
but the characters won’t leave me alone!!! I’m also working on some essays.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I
considered myself a writer from the time I started writing in 2000, but I didn’t
actually say it out loud to others until years later. I always had
other/additional jobs too so I would say, “I’m a teacher.” Or, “I work here.” before
I ever mentioned I was a writer. Even today, with my first book out and my second
book coming I still feel like someone is going to jump out and say, “Gotcha!!!
It’s all one big joke!” Imposter syndrome is real!

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
try to write every day after my kids get to school, for several hours. I’m much
more productive if I stay off social media! But I also love connecting with
people, so I often let Friday be my day when I’m more involved with social
media. Although that can change based on if I’m trying to promote something for
myself or my writer friends. When I’m really jamming on a story or a deadline,
I write in the evenings too. I have two kids, a husband and a dog, so there’s lots
of other stuff going on!!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m
usually carrying on conversations in my head with my characters at 3am. Ahhh,
insomnia! Sometimes it drives me crazy, but often that’s how I solve problems
in my manuscript.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A
writer, a chef, and a restaurant owner.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

I
would love to hear from you!! The writing life is great for an introvert like
me, but it can also be really lonely. And it’s the connections with readers and
other writers and other people obsessed with making the perfect French macaron
that keep my heart happy.

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you so much for having me!!!!


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10 thoughts on “Interview with writer Sara Ohlin

  1. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your terrific book. I sure enjoyed reading about it and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us.

  2. Bea LaRocca says:

    Good evening, Sarah! My question for you tonight is, which type of character do you enjoy the most in a story? The hero, the villain or someone who is a little bit of both?

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