Hi Sara!! I am thrilled beyond belief to have you here at Romantic Crush Junkies Blog today. For people not familiar with you would you mind sharing a bit about yourself?
I live in a large country town in Australia with my husband and far too many cats and spend most of my time, when I’m not writing, gardening or sitting in the garden reading. I have two adult children who have both left home.
It’s always exciting, even after so many years and many books in print.
What was the very first thing you did when you heard your book was going to be published?
Gave a sigh of relief, lol. The book before this one had a lot of rewrites, so I was pleased when this one went through the editing process with so few.
When you received your first email or snail mail from a fan what did you think?
It’s great to hear from fans and I always appreciate them making the effort.
Do you believe that social network is a productive way of meeting potential readers? Are there pros and cons to networking with a social media?
The main problem with social media is that it can waste a lot of the time you should be spending writing. Having said that it’s great meeting people online, and when I’m not on a deadline I’m there more often.
What was some of the best advice you were given on your road to becoming a published author?
Establish a routine—write something every day even if you have to rewrite it totally the next day. I believe our ‘writing brains’ needs exercise to keep in shape.
Make sure your work is thoroughly edited and don’t rely on computer spellchecks!
Okay, I have to ask you this question. What is the worse advice anyone gave you?
Interesting question but I can’t think of an example. Advice is all very good but a writer needs to listen to her gut. It’s her book and her career and she has to be happy with the decisions she makes.
If you could write any genre besides erotica, historical, and romantic suspense, what would it be and why?
I’ve always had an interest in detective stories—who knows, maybe one day.
Probably in the shower, lol, where I do a lot of my thinking. But honestly, most of my ideas come to me there.
I know that you put your own blood, sweat and tears into every page. So, I’m curious to know if your characters have any of your own traits. Is there one character you think is more like you than any other?
The beautiful ones! No, I don’t think so, not purposefully anyway. I suppose things might sneak in without me noticing.
Did you have the entire Miss Clementina Smythe and the rakish Richard Eversham’s arc figured out when you began the Husband Hunters Club? Did you know even before you placed pen to paper how the Tina and Richard’s story would turn out in the end?
I knew who each of the Husband Hunters Club members would end up with but not all they would have to go through to get there. I’m not much of a plotter, the story usually comes as much of a surprise to me as anyone else.
You write engaging heart-wrenching historical---Thank you, Sara!! Is there a genre you would like to try your hand at some day? Why?
As I already mentioned I wouldn’t mind trying detective stories but I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to it. I enjoy reading them. No doubt mine would have a romantic touch!
As you already know, Sin With a Scoundrel is the latest in my series about a group of girls who meet at a finishing school and decide to take their futures in their own hands. To marry the men they select themselves, rather than someone chosen for them. Tina has chosen her husband-to-be for more practical reasons than the others girls but things don’t go according to plan. Her intended, the wealthy Horace Gilfoyle, likes his women to be experienced, and Tina decides to employ Richard Eversham to teach her all she needs to know. But he has his own agenda. He thinks she will unwittingly help him catch his brother’s killer.
What was your premise for writing this story?
I like the idea of people finding love in unexpected situations.
I would like to take a moment and thank Tina and Richard for dropping by with Sara. Hi Guys, (waving above the crowd) I am so excited that you both were able to drop by today. I hope you do not mind, but I would love to ask you some need to know questions that readers are desperate to know.
I am one of those readers that love to find out what people think the moment they meet the love of their lives. Tina, I will start with you. What was the very first thing you thought when you saw Richard? Richard, you are up. =) What was your first impression of seeing Tina?
TINA: I was a little afraid of Richard. I knew something of his reputation as a rake and my first impression did nothing to change that image. I was also tremendously attracted to him—his sheer physical presence overwhelmed me. And still does!
RICHARD: I was astounded by her courage in coming to see me at all, let alone on such an errand. By the time she told me what she wanted I was already determined to undermine her plans—I knew Gilfoyle was not the man for her. It took me a little longer to realize that man was me!
I know your love story started off on shaky ground when you first met. (Pulling the besotted couple into a secluded corner) What do you believe is the glue to a sound and loving relationship? Or better, what do you believe is the perfect recipe for romance?
TINA: When I look into Richard’s eyes I just know that nothing could keep us apart!
RICHARD: Complete trust in each other. Knowing I’d do anything for her, and she for me.
Tina, when was the moment you knew without a doubt that Richard was the love of your heart?
TINA: I think that was when I started looking forward to my kissing lessons with him far more than putting them into practice with Horace.
RICHARD: Well, as you know, I tried to set her up with a number of other men but none of them were good enough, in my opinion. That was when I knew I loved her and she was mine.
What is one thing you, Tina and Richard, would like readers to walk away with after reading your love story?
TINA: What do you think, darling?
RICHARD: I think fate had a hand in our love story.
TINA: I think we were meant to be, and if we hadn’t met at Jasmine Street, then we would have met somewhere else. It was simply meant to be.
Now, I am curious, Sara, when you wrapped up with them and typed THE END to your SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL’S transcript, what did you do to celebrated?
I enjoyed a weekend away with my husband at our favorite spot by the river.
When your readers read the last word of SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL what do you hope they take away from it?
I hope it makes them smile and feel happy and hopeful about their own lives.
When that fleeting free time comes your way what do you like to do? Are there any authors you would recommend to readers until we have the next book in the Husband Hunters Club series in our hands?
I like discovering new writers and reading old favorites. I’m reading Carol Goodman at the moment, and have Barbara Erskine and Kate Morton on the TBR pile.
My website is www.sara-bennett.com and I’m currently running a competition there.
I’m also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sara.bennett.16?ref=tn_tnmn
One more thing before I let you skedaddle. The holiday season is upon us and I would love for you to share one of your favorite recipes. This could be one you only make once a year when the holidays come around. Or share with readers a recipe that your friends and family rave about.
This is one that appeals to me on cold nights!
WHITE CHOCOLATE AMARETTO HOT COCOA
2 cups almond milk
½ cup chopped white chocolate chunks
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
Dash of salt
Bring the almond milk to a boil over medium heat and then pour over the white chocolate chunks in a heat-safe bowl. Add the sugar, almond extract, and salt and stir until the white chocolate is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Divide among 4 mugs and serve immediately.
If you leave the drink standing it may begin to separate so give it a stir if necessary.
I would like to thank you one more time, Sara for bringing readers into the fascinating world of the of Tina and Richard from SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL about two strong-willed people learning to trust and find love in the most unlikely of places..
Thank you Christine! And Happy Reading to you and all your readers :)