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April 5, 2012

New Princess Here!

Hello! *waving* Thanks for having me on the blog today. As one of the newer Princesses, Kathy sent me some interview questions to help me get to know all you loyal Plotting Princess followers! Yay for interview questions. Here's hoping my answers are interesting, if not charming.

How did you get from your day job to writing romance?
I’d always written, here and there. But I started, devoting most of my free time to my demanding characters, about 2 1/2 years ago. Writing helped me through a period of transition and grief – it helped me cope in a productive way.

What are your three favorite books of all time? I’m going to mention my 3 favorite romance novels – I have too many books that I loveOutlander – Diana GabaldonHeather and Velvet – Teresa MedeirosLily of the Nile (Song of the Nile too) – Stephanie Dray – she’s up for a RITA this year by the way (fingers crossed)

Morning, afternoon, or evening person?As a mom of four – I’m an ANYTIME writer.

Music--with or without? What kind?I believe in the power of a book soundtrack. For my Hollywood Contemporaries – I stick with Nora Jones, Michael Buble, that kind of stuff. For my Romantic Fantasies I use movie soundtracks – Gladiator, Immortals, Spartacus, you know, epic, moody stuff. I need music to really hammer out the pages.

First or third POV?Interestingly enough – contemporary in 1st and fantasy in 3rd. Don’t know why – it’s just worked that way so far.

How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects?I do. I find that having one project in each genre prevents me from stalling out on the other. If I get stuck I can bounce to the other, and vice versa. Basically, depending on deadlines, I go with whichever characters are loudest… Yes, the voices in my head are a little too powerful.

What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end?I’m a soggy middle gal. Sometimes it flows, but most of the time it’s sticky. I write, edit, rewrite and edit again – beginnings, endings – all good.

Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? I love them. A good revision can morph an okay story into a brilliant story.

How did you come up with that title?
Medusa, A Love Story – I loved the push and pull of it. Medusa? A Love story? What?Hollywood Ever After – says it all.

Best advice? Trust your gut.

You can pre-order my contemporary romance Hollywood Ever After now (yay!): book’s release date is July 21, 2012
Medusa, A Love Story (Book 1 of the Loves of Olympus series) will be out May 2012! Book 2 – For the Love of Hades will follow shortly after.
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Pamela Stone said...

Hi Sasha and welcome to the Plotting Princesses. I write entirely contemporary, but I do admire those of you who have the imagination and are willing to do the research to write for other genres. Takes talent.

Alisha said...

Hi, Sasha! What is it about romance authors loving Michael Buble? Me too! Vicki too! He is just so dang romantic! I love Norah Jones too! So happy you are a princess and thanks for bringing tiaras to our fun retreat day! I'm still drooling over your beautiful cover!!! Hope you have tons of sales!!!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Sasha! I'm with Pam on writing other genres. You've got the talent!

And I'm with you and Alisha on Michael. His voice... yes!

The cover is awesome and can't wait to dive into the book. Congratulations, my friend.

Sylvia said...

Hi Sasha,
Love, love, love your cover. I also love Michael Buble and Norah Jones. But Michael--ahhhhh...lucky girl he's married to. Welcome and already your bright bubbly personality is bringing so much to the group!


Sylvia said...

I'm with you...I admire the writers who can step out of the box and write something different.
It takes huge talent.


Sasha Summers said...

Thanks guys! I''m so proud to be a princess. And I'm loving the praise - very needed today so keep it coming :) LOL!

Kathy Ivan said...

Hi Sasha!

I too love to write in differnt genres, and usually have more than one project going at the same time. And those saggy/soggy middles. Don't you just hate that. Love to write the beginning and the ending, those seem to come very clearly, but the middle for me is just the worst.

Your cover is absolutely beautiful, too!

Welcome to the Plotting Princesses, you're definitely a fun addition to our lively group!

Irene Preston said...

Hi Sasha!

Thanks for including that info on how you work on more than one project at a time. I'm working on a fantasy that is coming along very slowly. I'd like to have some side projects that might move more quickly but I'm worried about losing focus.

Glad to know you are out there making it work!

Kelly L Lee said...

Great interview!

Personally, I'm digging on Christina Perri for musical inspiration these days. My newest thing is to create my own channel.

I can't wait to read Hollywood Ever After!!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Sasha,
Great interview! And welcome to the Plotting Princesses! We're glad to have you!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Sasha! What a fabulous addition to one of my favorite places to visit on the web. I always feel refreshed after visiting here and walk away entertained.

Great excerpt and welcome! I look forward to your future posts as well.

Phyllis said...

Fun interview, Sasha. Welcome to the Plotting Princesses and thank you so much for the tierras. Now we're official!

I love people who have wonderful imaginations and talent. They make my life interesting by diving into their works.