Author spotlight: Martha O’Sullivan

Welcome contemporary romance author, Martha O’Sullivan.Martha O'Sullivan

Why do you write fiction?
I got tired of reading other people’s books! I used to continue stories in my mind if the book ended too soon or I found the conclusion unsatisfactory. I finally did something with all those characters dancing around in my head.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
In a nutshell, my Chances trilogy is about finding true love and trusting in it, even in the wake of unexpected and seemingly unbeatable circumstances. And the various leaps of faith it takes to overcome them.  Each book focuses on one couple’s story, with the other couples as secondary characters. They are contemporary, sexy love stories with traditional couples and happily-ever-after endings. The stalwart heroines are effortlessly beautiful and wonderfully flawed and the alpha heroes are wildly handsome and unapologetically successful. The books are set in Lake Tahoe and San Francisco, two places for which I have a long-held affinity. In Second Chance, the trilogy opener, Lindsay Foster has convinced herself that marrying ultimate fallback guy Paul Webster is the right thing to do. But an inadvertent reunion with Brian Rembrandt rekindles the unfinished business between them. And Lindsay finds herself torn between the life she’s always wanted and the man she’ll always love. But this love triangle has an extra side… In Chance Encounter, the second installment of the trilogy, Delaney Richards finally trusts her once-betrayed heart and lets herself fall in love with renowned ladies man Mike Savoy. But when blackmail turns to ransom, that choice becomes her only chance to survive… And since Paul and Moira’s love story has been years in the making, what better way to end the Chances trilogy than to bring them, and everybody else, full-circle in Last Chance.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Myself! I love to read sexy stories with happy endings, especially in a series where characters continue to live that happy ending through another set of eyes.

Please describe your writing routine.
Last winter and spring when I was under deadline with Last Chance and editing Second Chance and Chance Encounter, I was up at 5 a.m. every day to write while the house was quiet. I’d take a break to get my two teenage daughters off to high school, then get right back to it. I wrote during school hours and then again at night, especially when my husband was traveling. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for 17 years so I’m lucky to have that flexibility.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Don’t give up and write what you love. I started writing about six years ago and it took me almost five years to get published. I learned from every rejection and something inside me kept pushing me on.

More about Chance Encounter:
Star-crossed lovers Brian Rembrandt and Lindsay Foster get a second chance at love. And their wedding beneath the twinkling stars of Lake Tahoe serves as the perfect backdrop for another match made in heaven. But it’s more complicated than that.
cover art for Chance EncounterMike Savoy hadn’t counted on seeing Delaney Richards again at his best friend’s wedding, let alone find himself falling in love with her. But when blackmail turns to ransom, Mike is the only one who can save her. To survive, Delaney must trust the heart that once betrayed her. Can a Chance Encounter become a love of a lifetime?

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2 Responses to Author spotlight: Martha O’Sullivan

  1. Great interview. Thanks for having me Annette!

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