I am thrilled to welcome author Sarah McCarty to my blog!
I first discovered Sarah through her Promises series (Promises Linger, Promise Keep, Promises Prevail)…a wonderful western erotic romance series featuring some sexy Alpha heroes with touching stories.
Her latest release is Caine’s Reckoning from Harlequin’s SPICE line…WOW, look at that cover!
Caine Allen is a hardened Texas Ranger, definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, the preacher calls in a favor. One Caine’s honor won’t let him refuse.
From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will follow. Desi might have the face of a temptress, but she also has a will of iron and while she needs his protection, she’s determined that no man will control her again. They establish an uneasy bond, but it still isn’t enough for Caine. He wants all Desi has to offer. He wants her screams, her moans, her demands…everything. Yet there’s still a bounty on Desi’s head and keeping her satisfied is proving easier than keeping her alive.
Sarah graciously agreed to answer a few questions for my blog so here is her wonderful interview…
Please tell us about your book.
My first NY Western Historical series released from SPICE November 1, 2007. It’s a super-hot, fast-paced romance with a strong heroine, a hero to die for, and a happily ever after that will touch your heart. Like my Promise series, Hell’s Eight probably is not what a reader thinks of when they think Western Historical, but each of these stories is a slice of life rich with emotion, spiced with passion, and filled with moments I hope will make your heart twist. The men of Hell’s Eight are unpredictable and fascinating. They’re definitely a law unto themselves, as wild as the West in which they live. Determined, and single-minded, they’ve planned for every contingency that could complicate their goals except for the one they never saw coming: the extraordinary women that will capture their hearts.
What inspired the story?
The opening scene came to me in a dream and it just built from there.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Least favorite?
My least favorite part of being a writer is the initial creation. I think of that as a purge and it’s frustrating because I know it’s nothing like the final product will be. Editing is my favorite part of writing. Editing is where the art comes in, where the ordinary takes on depth and breadth.
How long have you been a writer? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I’ve been writing for 20 years. It started out as a “could I do this?” curiosity and developed to a full time passion. While I always wrote extra reports and such as a child, it didn’t occur to me until I was 16 that fiction was writing too. <G>
How many books have you written?
12 to date, 6 of which are out in print. The rest are in line for their release dates. More pending. I have 11 books coming out between now and the fall of 2009.
What do you hope readers get out of your books?
I really hope they get a book that tugs on their emotions, that has characters they can identify with, and moments that linger in their hearts.
Who are some of your writing influences?
Zane Grey. Penelope Williamson. Catherine Anderson. Julie Garwood.
What would you like to tell aspiring writers?
Persistence. This is a horribly tough business, but if you persevere long enough, you will succeed.
Describe a typical day for you.
I get up around 4 am. That’s not a typo, just my normal internal clock. <G> I then lets the dogs out (I have six) give my diabetic cat his insulin shot, make coffee, and boot the computer. I answer emails. And then I usually go for a walk. I dictate while I walk the dogs. I get the kids off to school and then I transcribe what I dictated and write. Pretty much, I write every day. If I’m fostering, (I do animal rescue) I’ll work rehabbing whatever issue my foster dog has between writing bouts.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Social, determined, honest
If you had a time capsule to be opened 50 years in the future, what would you put in it?
Pictures of my children because they’re special. A picture of my husband because he’s one of the good ones, one of a kind and in my opinion, the perfect Alpha. All the photos of my fosters that survived because they symbolize the hope for all those without hope. The photos of the ones that didn’t because even the majority of their lives as neglected and abused castoffs, they had value, they were loved and they deserve to be remembered. And three powerful words that represents seriously under utilized concepts in human interactions. Peace. Tolerance. Hope.
What is next for you?
I’ve got a busy writing schedule for the next year fulfilling the contracts I have to date. I am taking time off to go to Lori Fosters and Dianne Castell’s get together in June 2008, however. Always a great time. I’m not sure what I’m going to be writing after that. I like to wait and see what tempts my muse.
Where can readers find you online?
I’m always on my yahoo chat group (I like to chat) on the Eharlequin SPICE Forum and through email. If I don’t respond to an email in 24 hours, it means I didn’t get it and please resend. I love to hear from readers.
Thank you so much Sarah for that wonderful interview!!!
I am eagerly anticipating each of your upcoming books!!!
Readers, you can find out more about Sarah and her books on her website: http://www.sarahmccarty.com/
So, have any of you ever read one of Sarah’s hot books?
Do you like western historicals?
What about Alpha heroes?