Looking for a hot read for your hot summer day? Our guest today has a book that will do the opposite of cooling you down. Welcome Sarah Castille!
Lexi: Sarah you are no stranger to book awards, wow! Your debut novel, Legal Heat, won a slew of contests and then book two was named one of Publishers Weekly Top Ten Picks for Romance and Erotica in 2013. And the hits keep coming. Do you ever look back at your old day job and pinch yourself?
Sarah: You should see all the pinch marks on my arms! I really enjoyed practicing law and I don't think I could write the stories I write if I hadn't met all the interesting people I encountered while working at an international law firm or had the opportunity to travel to so many fabulous places. But I have no complaints about trading in my stilettos for fuzzy socks, my suits for jammies, and my long days and nights for, well…some things don't change!
Lexi: I hope you enjoy every crazy minute of it. Your readers certainly do! It is a little before the release day of July 1st and there are already some raving reviews. Do you read reviews or do you avoid them like the plague?
Sarah: I read the reviews at the beginning to get a feel for what readers did and didn't like about the story so that I can make the next story better. One thing I've learned from the reviews is that there is much truth in the saying "truth is stranger than fiction" and sometimes the biggest criticisms I've had come from things that are true, but people have a hard time believing. In Against the Ropes, for example, many people queried the actions of the debt collector character. And yet, I developed that character after reading a series of newspaper articles about debtors who had experienced just that kind of behavior. And of my book Legal Heat, people said "lawyers don't behave like that." But, oh my friends, they do **winks**.
Lexi: Avoiding anything can be difficult. Especially for Amanda from In Your Corner. She left Jake to pursue a career, she got it but is alone until she sees Jake again in her boardroom. Was it easy to write her reaction to Jake when she saw him again for the first time?
Sarah: I had that scene in my head from the moment I wrote the scene of them breaking up in Against the Ropes. I knew they belonged together and I was desperate for them to meet again. I also knew it would have to be somewhere Amanda feels comfortable, but when she sees Jake, she is totally rattled and loses control.
Lexi: Your writing brings out the raw feelings of your characters which is complimented by the athletic alphas gracing your pages. Sounds like Jake could put anyone through their paces. Do you do a lot of sports research for your heros?
Sarah: I visited a few MMA gyms and interviewed some fighters for the series. I also watched a lot of MMA fights and post fight interviews, did extensive reading, and followed a few MMA pages on Facebook so I could get a handle on the moves and the lingo and what life is like for the fighters. The visits to the MMA gyms were the best! The fighters were very welcoming and helpful and, of course, it wasn't hard to watch a bunch of cut, fit, ripped guys rolling around on the mat!
Lexi: Thanks for stopping by to talk about your award winning books Sarah! Congratulations on In Your Corner, book two in your Redemption series. We are excited for you and wish you success!
Sarah: Thanks so much Lexi for having me on the blog and for all your kind words!
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