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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Stronger (The Unit #2) by Sarah Greyson

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Haunted by the loss of his beloved fiancée a year and a half ago at the hands of a terrorist cell, ex-Green Beret Rob Fabik doesn’t know how to let go. The sounds and sights of her death replay in his mind, and he tortures himself with the guilt he feels over not being able to save her life, distracting himself with alcohol and women.

Attending Harvard University, Lola Sardeson is a down-to-earth, rich girl who is tired of living under her father’s thumb. One night out with friends quickly turns into a nightmare as she is kidnapped from a busy Boston nightclub. Her nightmare intensifies as she learns that the Ortiz Cartel sells young, innocent girls into the sex-slave trade.

The Unit’s mission is to rescue Lola from the nefarious clutches of the Ortiz Cartel. From the instant Rob sees Lola, she touches something deep inside him, drawing out his protective nature. These feelings only serve to intensify the guilt he feels over losing his dead fiancée.

Forced by circumstance under the same roof, Lola inspires Rob to grow stronger. Can he suppress his feelings for Lola, or will guilt consume him alive? Can he forgive himself for not saving his fiancée? Can Rob save Lola and protect her from the greedy hands of the Ortiz Cartel?


What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
It is hard to classify my writing to one genre. A reviewer said it best: “It is an erotically romantic suspenseful adventure with an emotional kicker.” I was classifying myself as contemporary romantic suspense, but erotic romantic suspense probably is closer to what I write. My first work “Closer” is an intense thrill ride.

Did you choose the titles / covers of your books? How important do you think they are? 
I judge a book by its cover and I expect a lot of other people do as well. Covers are extremely important. They are what the reader first sees when looking for a new book to read. If the cover is not professionally done, then it won’t draw the reader in to read the back copy. It must be attractive and enticing. The titles of my books are basically one word summaries of what the books are about. I can’t imagine a title being anything different. So a title combined with an attractive, professional book cover, makes or breaks the book. I did chose the covers myself. 

Do you plot your stories or do you just get an idea and run with it?
I plot my stories using the snowflake method developed by Randy Imgermanson. It is a great program to keep track of character details and to develop characters. It is also a great program for plotting storylines. It is a software program that I couldn’t work without. It has been so beneficial to my writing. Once I plot the story out and actually start writing it, it varies from my original designs because as I get more involved with the characters, scenes change. I just scrapped 20000 words from my WIP and rewrote it because the characters demanded it. The rewrite, while not part of my original plot points, makes for a better story. I have to have the outline in case I get stuck, but once I start, I just bleed and the characters guide me. Sounds crazy I know. 

Do you have a method for creating your characters, their names and what do you think makes them believable?
I have several books devoted to character development that I read frequently and refer to constantly. My first two characters, Michael and Emma, are not as well developed as I would have liked. However, as I write the second book, I am finding that Rob and Lola are much more developed. They live with me every day, and when their story ends, I will be sad to see them go. I have grown really attached to Rob and Lola, much more so than to Michael and Emma. I guess I am learning to write better with each book. I can only imagine what my fourth and fifth books will be like. I love to learn and soak up every word anyone has to say on the subject of writing. I do a lot of research.

Do you have to do much research?
I did a lot of research for my first book. One of the criticisms of my first book is that I define the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency, but I do not define neuromorphic processors, which are something Emma is using to create her highly classified Hummingbird, a new weapon against terrorism. Neuromorphic processors actually exist and they are what the name implies. They are brain like processors that work in the robot to mimic the human brain. They can process multiple pieces of information and multiple tasks at one time, much like the way a brain can process the senses at one time. This processor is essential to Project Hummingbird because it runs facial recognition software of the faces it comes into contact with while simultaneously running other functions like keeping the bird in the air using nanotechnology. I also have a tactical adviser and a medical adviser for some of my scenes. My current work in progress does not require as much research as my first although I do have to research guns, ammunition, and consult with my tactical adviser as well as my medical adviser for a well-rounded story.

Closer (The Unit)” - 0.99 cents permanently. 
 “Stronger (The Unit 2)” will be on sale for .99 cents until October 3, 2014.
About the author:
Sarah is an Amazon Best Selling Author. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two children, and four spoiled animals. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications with a concentration in Professional Writing and her Master's Degree in Education.

When she is not writing or spending time with her family, she loves reading sizzling romantic suspense novels that make her blush. She loves a glass of pinot grigio, back-yard barbecues with friends and family, and helping her kids with their homework (in that order).

Her interests span all genres: from Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to Slave by Shari Hayes to The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV. Sarah's favorite genres are contemporary romantic suspense and erotic suspense; the types of novels she crafts. While the concepts are familiar and comfortable, she brings her own unique story and personality to everything she writes. She loves the feeling of crafting a spicy, action-packed novel. Writing is her passion. She wants to leave her readers breathless after experiencing the intense ride that is her novel.

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