What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Sara Daniel writes what she loves to read—irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction, was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels, and loses her car keys several times a day. One Night with the Best Man is the latest book in her One Night with the Bridal Party series. Links to subscribe to her newsletter and to visit her website are below.
So, Sara Daniel, what/who inspired you to become a writer?
* I have always loved to write. Story ideas come to me, and I’m compelled to commit them to paper (or, rather, the blank screen). Thirteen years ago, inspired by far too many Nora Roberts books, I shifted my mindset from thinking of writing as a hobby to turning it into a career.
When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
* I've been writing since 5th grade. My first "book" was actually a play because that way I only had to write the dialogue, which was the only part I wanted to write anyway! The play was about six handwritten pages long. My brother, sister and I then performed it for our parents in our garage. I still have the original script in a box somewhere.
How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
* I wrote a lot of books and rewrote some several times and had my share of false starts before I completed a novel, but I probably finished the equivalent of six full-length novels before I sold my first book, a hardcover released in 2007.
What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
* Write, write, write. Before you can have a best-selling novel, you have to finish writing it. And don't forget to keep reading. That would be the best advice. The worst advice has come from people who don’t respect the romance genre, trying to convince me to write in a genre that meets their approval.
The book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series?
* One Night with the Best Man is part of the One Night with the Bridal Party series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but if you’d like the read the books in order, they are:
One Night with the Bride; One Night with the Bridesmaid; One Night with the Groom; One Night with the Best Man; One Night with her Husband (coming 5/15/15); One Night with his Wife (coming 6/12/15)
What sparked the idea for the story/series?
* The hero is the younger brother of the heroine from One Night with the Groom. He acted so relaxed and carefree around his sister, but I immediately knew he carried a lot of guilt and pain from his father’s death and had a story that needed to be told.
* I have not, and I won’t. My daughter has a hamster, and honestly, I think the thing is kind of a creepy and don’t want it anywhere near me!
Which do you prefer: rain or sun & warm weather or cold weather?
* Oh, sun and warm weather all the way. Give me a beach in the summer, and I’m in heaven!
If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be and why?
* Hmm, I think I just answered that question. A tropical paradise would totally work for me, but a secluded peaceful spot in the woods would be great too.
If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
* Plumbing; Electricity; Laptop; Refrigerator; Microwave
* Susan knows better than to count on people sticking around for her. The farm gives her the roots and permanence she’s craved her entire life. As she helps Alex clear out his family’s mementos from the house, Susan is drawn to the raw and vulnerable man under his carefree exterior. A few kisses later, she falls hard and fast.
* Despite their mutual attraction, Susan will never leave the farm and Alex will never consider staying. Will one passionate night with the best man give them the courage to face what they each fear most or drive them apart forever?
* “I thought you'd never ask.” He winked.
* Heat flooded her cheeks. “You know what I mean. Don't try to create a sexual context where there isn't any.”
* “Professor, from the moment I saw your assets through that hospital gown, all I've thought of is sexual contexts with you.”
* “Grow up, Alex. And my name is Susan.” She gestured for him to leave the kitchen ahead of her.
* “Lead the way, Susie.” He gestured right back. “If I have to go to the bedroom for any other reason, I'm going to revel in being immature and hormonal, and check you out while we walk.”
* Marching through the living room and down the short hallway, she tried to ignore where his gaze rested, but her stomach flip-flopped and every nerve ending sparked with awareness. “If you're so into backsides, you should have become a doctor, so you could see a new one every day.”
* “I don't want to see everybody's,” he said from behind her, so close his breath brushed her neck. “I have standards, and let me tell you, in those tight jeans, you've met and exceeded every one of them.”
* Despite the promise of heaven in his voice, the last thing she needed was a guy with a sworn avoidance of all attachments. She did not need a fling with a man who wouldn't stick around. She had a plan for permanence and stability and to build an organic dairy legacy. People would come and go from her life, but she could count on the farm and her university research to always be there for her.
Thank you for joining us here today, Sara Daniel! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.
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