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Friday, January 20, 2012

Welcome Author Sarah Ballance

·         As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?

As a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. When I got my first horse in my early teens, I shifted gears toward equine surgery and went on to double majored in biology and biochemistry with an eye on vet school. Then I met my husband, LOL. We quickly decided we wanted a lot of children and it was important to both of us that I be a stay-at-home mom, so I abandoned plans to be a vet and went into mommy mode. Married at nineteen, I had my first baby almost exactly a year later. We went on to have a total of six, and since we homeschool I guess I ended up being a teacher after all! LOL. But as for writing, it wasn't even on my radar until after my fifth baby was born.

·         Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

My latest release is FAMILIAR LIGHT, a story about second chances and deadly obsession. It's a romantic thriller with a twist, and it leads straight to TIDE OF LIES, a novel-length romantic suspense with, ah . . . shall we say murderous consequences? *Grin* And coming this spring is LAST CALL, a story centered on deception and some mega thick attraction between two old adversaries thrown together by circumstance. I love that whole vibe where they can't decide if they want to kill one another or jump into bed (or both, LOL!)

·         Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

For me, it's finding the time to really focus on it. My computer time is split between my own blog, prepping my blog tour appearances, and writing. The latter is the only flexible item among the bunch, and it's the first to get the shaft when time runs short. And time takes a beating with six kids and their school work, LOL.
·         What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Find a crit group you trust and listen to them. It's really hard—especially for new authors, it seems—to accept the fact that our words aren't perfect, and even the best stories benefit from a fresh eye. There have been many times I've known exactly what I meant when I wrote something, but it's not necessarily clear to a reader. Learning to use criticism as a tool for improvement is invaluable to writers.

·         Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?

I've found when I stall in a manuscript, it's usually because there's another part of the story nagging me. It may be I want to get details down before I forget them, or perhaps I just see another scene strongly. So when I find myself staring at the page, I just skip ahead and write whatever is on my mind. I don't fuss with it too much because I know I'll be able to smooth it over when I catch up to it in sequence, and in that sense it's proven to be twice as helpful. I can clear my mind and get back to where I left off, plus when I catch up to that part of the story things happen fast and that is pretty freaking motivating, LOL!

·         Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?

I do not have it in me to write explicit sex.  I don't know why—I don't have any other sexual qualms, LOL—but writing anything beyond sensual is so difficult for me. There are certain words I just can't use, so I guess that's certainly a limitation. As for gore, I've not yet been graphic, but I would like to try my hand at horror and there's no telling what I'll write then. (Personally, I can't wait to find out!)

·         What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

Nothing really weird. But my husband works with a guy who knows how to do all sorts of stuff that really shouldn't be unleashed on the public. He's a great resource for "bad boy" behavior in my books, and I guess my husband asking one of the guys who works for him for advice on blowing things up or making folks disappear is just a little bit strange, LOL.

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I have a gift card giveaway every week on my blog, and all email subscribers are automatically eligible for every drawing. The prize is a $10 gift card to Noble Romance or a $5 GC to Amazon, winner's choice. And by subscribing, you'll be among the first to find out about the giveaways my guests offer. We have a huge variety of genres—everything from YA to erotica—so there's truly something for everyone, and I'd love to see you all there!

Thank you so much for having me here today!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your hospitality today! :c)