Welcome to the first in the series of Ask the Author! This month’s featured author is Brittney Sahin, indie author of romantic suspense. She hopes to have her first novel, Silenced Memories, released this year. You can check out her blog here!
- What blurb would you like to see about yourself on a book cover?
I can write a novel–but this–no idea 🙂
- What’s your favorite genre to write? Favorite genre to read?
I like to write Romantic Suspense. I like to read suspense, romantic suspense, thrillers/mysteries, contemporary romance
- Is there something that draws you to this genre?
I love to read about the development of a relationship between characters. I can read any genre as long as there is an element of romance involved. Although I read traditional romance too, I prefer another underlying story (suspense/thriller) weaved within the book.
- What goals do you have as a writer?
To develop my skills as a writer, such as adding more literary elements to my work. I am also learning a lot about editing as I work on publishing my first book. Working on showing instead of telling (that is a big one).
- Top three favorite books of all time: go!
Awe – that is like asking me to choose between mom and dad – hmmm … still thinking…
Ebook just because I tend to read a lot more this way!
- When it comes to writing longer pieces, do you have a favorite method you use? Or do you like to hash it out and see where the story takes you?
I used to write and let the wind take me–now, I am plotting my books out from start to finish. Apparently this method works better for me–because I was never able to finish a novel with my old way of doing things!!
- For writing: computer or longhand?
- When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Wrote my first official story (almost an entire notebook) in third grade. I have been writing stories ever since. Always loved reading/writing.
- If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t do it alone. Get help/feedback from others- and try not to let constructive criticism get to you.
- Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on currently?
My upcoming novel is a romantic suspense: Silenced Memories. The blurb from the book:
Kate Adams has never found it difficult to keep a professional relationship with her clients . . . but then she’s never had a client like Michael Maddox. From the moment she arrived in Charlotte, Kate was tongue-tied by the devastatingly gorgeous former Special Forces Marine and intelligence and software genius turned multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Michael seems at first glance to be the perfect catch, except for one problem. He doesn’t do relationships. And Kate doesn’t do one-night stands.
But as the tension mounts between them, Kate discovers she has larger problems-an untrackable stalker . . . and a dangerous past. When Michael offers his protection, Kate is grateful, and yet afraid. For although Michael might save her life, he will surely break her heart.
- Was there any specific inspiration behind the story?
I grew up in Charlotte, NC. I moved to the North when I was 16- but I recently moved back in October. I love this city & am so happy to be back- so I chose it as the main location for my current novel.
- When writing, do you have a target audience in mind?
I would say women over 18 (no age limit!). Although my book is both romance and suspense- the general assumption is that women are the target readers for romance.
- What has been the most difficult part about this story so far? Easiest part?
Easiest: Writing the first draft
Hardest: Re-writing after getting my book back from the editor
- Tell us about your protagonist.
Kate Adams is smart (Harvard MBA grad). She took over her stepmother’s event planning business at an early age & developed it into a multimillion dollar company by 27. She is headstrong, a bit stubborn–and always pulled together–until she returns to her place of birth (Charlotte) & meets the elusive Michael Maddox.
Michael Maddox is an ex-Marine (special forces). He retired from the Marines 5 years prior to meeting Kate. He became a successful and wealthy entrepreneur upon exit of the Marines, but he is heavily committed to helping veterans and launches a business initiative for veterans (which is how Michael and Kate meet- through planning an event for the business initiative).
- What kind of research have you done for your story?
A lot of research on the military (with specific regards to the special forces division of the Marines). I try to make everything as authentic as possible. Whether I speak with the police, or do research with a designer (my female protag: an events planner) . . . I like to cover the details.
- What are your hopes for your work?
I would like to have it published by the end of the summer. It is taking longer than I anticipated. I hope this is only the first of many more books to come.
- Any last shoutouts or words of wisdom?
Follow your dreams because we only get one shot at life.
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