Why do you write fiction?
I write because I have always loved reading. Even as a child, I wrote my own stories — usually when I ran out of books to read! I got hooked on romance in my early teens and became determined to write them. The journey wasn’t easy. I wrote and learned and practiced my craft for more than ten years before I finished a book, and then it took several more years to sell. During that time, I didn’t stop writing. I kept writing, all kinds of different stories from romance to women’s fiction to screenplays. I started entering contests and winning, and I kept trying new things. I was published when three of my stories finaled in a contest, and the judge requested full manuscripts. The books happened to be erotic romance. Ellora’s Cave bought all three and I’ve been writing steamy romance ever since. And I am having a blast. One thing I love about erotic romance is that I can write fantasy, Regency, contemporary and sci-fi if I want. If it’s sexy and has romance at its core, it fits within my brand. Check out my book list to see the variety I offer. You can also download my free teaser book to read excerpts: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Brigand is Book 4 in the Noble Passions Regency series. The book grew out of my thoughts and mental meanderings while I was writing the first three books. By the time Folly, Dark Fancy and Dark Duke were in the can, I knew I had to write Violet and Ewan’s story. In fact, the story twines with the previous story, so you get to see scenes from different perspectives, which was fun! If you haven’t read the preceding books, don’t worry; all the stories are stand alone. The Noble Passions series follows the decadent exploits of friends and enemies as they find love and passion in the glittering world of the Regency and its dark underbelly.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I actually sat down with a marketing team when I was designing my logo and brand to outline my ideal reader. This doesn’t describe all my readers, certainly, but this is the woman I am thinking about when I write. First of all, she loves romance. She really digs a hot and dominant hero. She loves to be emerged in a story, to let it sweep her into the emotion the characters are feeling. She has a sense of humor, is smart and doesn’t shy away from reading really steamy scenes. She’s eclectic in her tastes, and doesn’t mind trying something challenging and different. And, did I mention, she loves romance.
Please describe your writing routine.
Over the years I have developed a system that works for me. A story usually starts with an idea, a title, or a particularly compelling idea. Then I get to know the characters. Sometimes I scope out Pinterest for images that inspire me. I especially look at their emotional challenges or previous wounds. I like for my characters to compliment and challenge each other. Once I know that, I can move to the plots. I throw in things that will push their buttons and make them react, things that make it seem impossible for a happy resolution. But my characters are determined to find their happily ever after and they do.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Don’t quit. Keep trying. Write, write, write. Join writers’ groups and consult people who know what they are doing. Connect with authors you would like to be like. Read. Take classes. I recommend you watch or listen to the Hero’s Two Journeys by Chris Vogler and Michael Hauge for plotting, and MargieLawson.com has a bunch of really amazing workshops you can download to deepen your characters and slip into deep POV. Most importantly, begin developing your author platform now. You will be happy for it when you sell!
More about Brigand:
Kidnapped and held prisoner by menacing Scottish brigand, the notorious McCloud, Violet Wyeth does her best to persevere and resist his rakish charms. But when she realizes The McCloud is really Ewan St. Andrews, the boy who once saved her life, the boy who once kissed her and made her heart flutter, she is lost.
Ewan has every intention of marrying Lady Kaitlin MacAllister. He desperately needs the entrée into the ton this bride can provide. But when his bride is delivered — bound and gagged — it’s not Kaitlin. It’s Violet Wyeth, the girl who betrayed him and ruined his life when he was a boy. He keeps her, determined to punish her for her sins.
But when he discovers the truth about what really happened so long ago, and seething passion rises between them, he can no longer hold on to his rusty grudge. By the time he realizes how much he loves Violet, that he always has, he’s lost her.
All he can do is follow her. Follow her into the bowels of hell and partake in the torment of the glittering London Season, where the harpies are far more dangerous than a Scottish brigand.
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