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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

AUTHOR SANDY SULLIVAN

Hello everyone! Yes! It feels so good to be back home! The trip was fun, but I'm afraid after jet-lag and a few other interestingly stressful events, there's nothing like a familiar place. Anyway, getting back into the swing of things, today is Wednesday and that means I've got another author @ BRB who's been persuaded to bare all. LOL And what an awesome literary talent she is. Please welcome, Sandy Sullivan! 

Who is, Sandy Sullivan? Tell us about yourself.

My name is Sandy Sullivan and I write cowboys—hot cowboys. Anyway, I currently live in Middle Tennessee with my husband and our animals. We have three dogs, two cats and two horses. I love to ride, read and write. Boy, does that sounds so boring! LOL My first novel was published in September 2009 by Siren publishing, called Cowboy Love. I self-published first, but like most people I know, self-publishing has a stigma to it. I sold some, but not much. Thrilled would not adequately describe my excitement when I got "the call" from Siren.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

I've always wanted to write. Several years ago I started one, but never really finished writing it. You know, the thought in the back of your mind telling you, "I could do this" when you are reading a novel. It's not as easy as it looks. I sat down to write Texas Lady, which became my first book ever finished and written, in 2008. It actually became a later release for Siren, too.

Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?

I was between jobs and bored, so I sat down and Texas Lady was born.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?

I can find inspiration in just about anything. I'm constantly writing in my head when I see people, hear songs, etc. I'm always making up stories for different scenarios although many of them never make it to computer screen. I don't have near enough time to write all the stories in my head.

What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?

I started out writing mainstream historical novels, but when Cowboy Love went to Siren, they asked me if I wanted to spice it up for their classic line or put it on the mainstream side. Knowing sales were better on the erotic stuff, I cranked up the heat and I haven't looked back since. I've written both mainstream and erotic cowboys, but I've also tapped into ménage, bdsm and paranormal. I'm most comfortable with my cowboys though.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

Usually it's the plot. I'll get an idea and then the names of the characters come along. Sometimes I'll have a title right off, but it's not one of the first things I get in my head usually.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?

I'd say the middle. The beginning flows easily most of the time because I'm so excited to get to the first kiss, the first love scene or the first conflict. Keeping the story flowing and not letting it get boring is a challenge.

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?

Oh, all the time! I'm constantly interjecting things that have happened to me or to a family member, in my books. I always tell people, be careful what you say around me, it will probably end up in a book.

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

They call be difficult at times to keep the scenes fresh and exciting. I draw from my own experiences and I'll usually sit quietly when I start a scene, close my eyes and let the characters show me what happens.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

No method per se, but I'm very open and bold with my stories.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?

Some of both, but I do see parts of people I know in most of my characters.

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?

My favorite character changes with each book. When I begin a story, those characters become my favorites. LOL I just finished a Cougar piece for the Hot Flash series of Secret Cravings Publishing called, Country Minded Cougar and I love these two. The hero is a rising country music artist and he's molded after one of my new favorite singers, Chris Young.

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.

My latest release is Before The Night Is Over. It's the second in the Montana Cowboys series and it's about Kale Dunn. Those who read the first one, know who he is, but he's a local cowboy to Red Rock Montana and he runs smack dab into a fiery red-head cop with the cutest little girl imaginable. Laurel Hayes moves to podunk nowhere to help her sister who is being abuse by her husband. Kale sees Laurel for the first time when she walks into the local honky-tonk and decks her brother in law.

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?

I have so many stories started, I'm not sure which one would be considered my newest WIP. I actually have started a fifth piece for my Wilder Series with Siren called Wild Chances and it's about Jamie and Wyatt's daughter, Samantha who finds herself attracted to a rugged calf roper at the rodeo. Publication date? No clue since it's not completed yet, but I would image late this year sometime.

How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.

I currently have 14 pieces out.

Siren Publishing: Cowboy Love, Love's Sweet Surrender, Texas Lady, Wild Wyoming Nights, Wild Rodeo Nights, Wild Nevada Ride, Wild Rekindled Love, Strictly Professional, Professional Liaison and Unexpected Lovers.
Whiskey Creek Press: Hot Summer Love
The Wild Rose Press: Advertising For Love
Secret Cravings Publishing: Love Me Once, Love Me Twice, Gotta Love A Cowboy and the newest piece coming in Before The Night Is Over.

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?

I, like every other author out there, would love to be the next Nora Roberts. LOL But realistically, I just want to keep writing and putting out books my readers love to read.

Before The Night Is Over (Montana Cowboys 2)
Released 5/16
Available Now: $4.99
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Small town America. Laurel Hayes, Homicide Detective from Los Angeles What the hell was she doing in Red Rock, Montana?

Trying to convince her sister Elizabeth it wasn't normal for a husband to beat the shit out of her until bruises and welts formed, she decides to take matters into her own hands and lay the man out flat in the middle of the local honky-tonk. What she wasn't prepared for was for devilishly handsome Kale Dunn to step into the fray.

The mass of red hair and big blue eyes stopped Kale in his tracks as he watched the gorgeous woman deck on of his ranch hands. When he heard her accuse the guy of abusing his wife, he couldn't help but admire her grit. Thoughts of harboring all her fiery passion in bed, keeps him in a constant state of arousal every time he runs into her.

Laurel is harboring her own wounds and he must decide whether he wants to attempt to overcome her mistrust of men and she has to decide whether she can put his past menage with Cade and Natalie behind her.
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Thank you so much for stopping by, Sandy! It was wonderful to have you. You're a great talent and I wish you the best of success. On May 27 author A.P. Miller will be @ BRB and on May 30 you're stuck with me, sweeties. LOL I've got some great pictures and few funnies stories from my trip I'd like to share. So I hope you'll get a chance to read my post. But for now I'll say ado!
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

2 comments:

  1. 14 books???? Wow Sandy- I hadn't realized that you had that many- congrats on the two new releases - You love them cowboys (but what gal doesn't)
    Dawne P

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