I’m so excited about this month when we get to explore authors we want you to enjoy as much as we do. On behalf of Taige and my other side McKenna Jeffries 🙂 More on why I post as McKenna too http://bit.ly/2ivImS3. Are to ready to get to know more about today’s guest?
Welcome to the Nice Girls Writing Naughty version of the A-Z Challenge! Today’s featured guest author is Saranna De Wylde.
Here’s a little more about Saranna De Wylde:
Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.
And here’s her interview:
Tell us a little about your newest release:
This is the second in The Woolven Secret series. Tropey werewolf goodness. Thing Harlequin Werewolves, but a little grittier. The third book will be out soon. I’ve had a lot of fun writing this series.
Here’s the cover copy:
While on holiday in Greece, Drew Woolven had a passionate encounter with a woman he never expected to see again. Especially not in a small Midwestern town with a boy that has a crescent moon birthmark on his wrist that matches Drew’s own. Emmie Anderson had never been more thrilled than when she discovered she was pregnant. At thirty-eight, she was tired of waiting for the right man to have a child, and after a messy divorce from a sociopath, she’s not sure she wants a man. Emmie thought she had it all planned out until she discovered her son’s unique affliction. Pack law demands Drew marry her and turn her to keep the Woolven secret, but after her divorce, Emmie swore she’d never let another man have that kind of power over her again. Especially not one who tempts her to surrender her heart.
What story first hooked you as a reader?
I’ve been reading so long, I don’t know. Reading has always been present in my life. From my earliest memories. Actually, when I was a little kid, my mother potty-trained me with books. That made for an interesting childhood that every time I went to the bookstore, I had to go to the bathroom. Glad that Pavlovian response cleared itself up.
When did you know you first HAD to write?
When I wrote my first story after watching The Exorcist. The way I felt after that, it was like… yeah, this is it. I want to do this to people. *laughs* That sounds pretty awful, but that story was about so much more than horror. It was a commentary on the human condition. It was about love in all its forms. Sacrifice. And redemption. Those are the kind of love stories I like to write.
What excites you most about your current work-in-progress?
That the character has been chattering in my head for a long time and I’ll finally get to give him the HEA he’s been waiting for.
Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
Ambivert. So, both. I think it actually helps. I get to be an ambivert at conventions and meeting readers, and other authors. I’m fine with public speaking and even making a bit of an ass out of myself. So I get to try a lot of things that makes good stories. And when it’s time to settle down in front of my screen with butt in chair to write, I don’t miss it. Writing is a very solitary pursuit, and I’m okay with that too.
How do you deal with real-life distractions (job, kids, cats, birds chirping…)?
Lose my shit? *laughs* Mostly, I don’t have too many distractions. Not because I’m lucky, but because I use The Shining as a training video to teach my loved ones how to respect my writing time and the consequences. I have my children convinced that she has it coming with the ax for not leaving him alone to write. (They’re actually really good kids.)
If anyone else wants to do it, you just suggest it for movie night and then pause it at appropriate places and look everyone dead in the eye in turn before continuing to play.
What’s your morning beverage of choice?
I switch back and forth between coffee and tea. I love coffee, but I suffer from several autoimmune disorders and sometimes, coffee actually makes me tired and exacerbates adrenal fatigue. So then I do tea for a little while. Russian Caravan tea is my favorite because it tastes like burning leaves smell. Yeah, I’m still a goth girl in my heart.
What’s the thing that most excites you about all the changes that have happened in publishing in the last five years?
How much control I have over my own career. How many new ways there are to reach and interact with readers and the market. It’s still very much a Wild West and I’m a bookslinger to my core.
What’s the most common ‘theme’ found in your stories?
Self love. I think in every book, you can find that moment where the character falls in love with themselves, or heals some broken part. Not for someone else, but for themselves. Then they realize their own worth, then they can bring all whole self to the table.
A lot of people say that romances are all make believe and life doesn’t happen that way. Sure, I’m not going to marry a billionaire werewolf. But will I, or you, meet someone who is willing to see all of your ugly dark parts, your scars and still find you worthy anyway? Yeah. Will they be able to stitch up their own wounds because it’s time to heal and maybe hold your hand while you stitch up yours? Hell yeah.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s visit with the letter S… You can find out more about Saranna De Wylde at these places around the web: