MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR S.L. STERLING
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is S.L. Sterling (Samantha) and I consider my books to be Contemporary romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My new release is titled On A Silent Night. It’s a second chance romance. It’s a story of a woman who has looses her husband and falls in love with his best friend. Unfortunately, its not their time, their wounds to fresh, and they end up separating. But a few years later he resurfaces and you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I started reading romance novels when I was 13. I always loved the stories of love concurs all.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have decided to write a series called The Malone Brothers. When I wrote A Kiss Beneath the Stars the intention was for it to be a standalone. Once readers started reading it they asked for the brother’s who were mentioned in the book, for their stories.
They are interconnected standalones. The second book will be coming out in February 2019, each story focuses on one brother.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I wake up, grab coffee and write for 2 hours each morning. I then break for breakfast and to do some household chores, visit facebook and my reader group. Then the remainder of the afternoon I normally spend time sprinting with fellow authors.
My favorite place to write is in my living room and I generally set a daily writing goal of at least 2K per day. That goal normally increases if I am on a deadline.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am currently writing The Malone Brothers Book 2, Carter and Hope’s story which currently does not have a title yet.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character names are very important to me but they don’t normally have a special meaning to me.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have gotten ideas from commercials, from reading a quote to hearing someone say something. I have also gotten ideas from pictures and songs.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Maybe Romantic Suspense.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I’m a horrible outliner, I try every single time and I can say that what I put down for my outlines, my books differ completely.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them if done properly and I am considering to start doing them next year.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
The fact that I have actually let go and actually publish my books. Its hard to let go of a piece of your soul.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I think seeing people’s reactions to your stories is the best part. I know how books make me feel as a reader and I honestly can’t think of anything more rewarding.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to see myself as a full time author.
Have you always liked to write?
I wrote my first novel when I was in my mid teens, I still have the manuscript somewhere and maybe one day I may pull it out, polish it up and share it with the world.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
You need thick skin. I cannot stress that enough. But also you need to believe in yourself, if this is something you truly want to do then do it. You have a great gift and you never know whose soul you will touch with your words.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Probably exactly what I do currently in my day job which is customer service.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read every single review. I do not respond to either. When someone reads your book it is seen through their eyes, not through mine anymore. They interpret the story how they will. Not every book is meant for everybody, bad reviews are part of the process, I try to remember to take something from each of them and learn from them.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Deadlines!!! I do not work well under pressure.
What are you working on now?
I have many projects on the go right now, not only am I planning to finish off The Malone Brothers series and publish them for next year, I also am outlining my 2019 Christmas release and a short story for an anthology I am part of.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
The Malone Brother’s Book 2 – Carter & Hope’s Story
Copyright © 2018 by S.L. Sterling
Subject to Change, Unedited.
I sat behind my desk working away. It was after eleven, Hope and the girls had already gone to bed, and I was waiting for an update from Hunter on the case he was working on. I was leaving on Monday for a business trip, so I wanted to know exactly where things stood with his case. With both of us away and out of the office that meant Bryce and Chase had control and neither of us felt quite comfortable with that yet. I knew he probably wouldn’t be back before I left but I was hoping it would be soon.
I sent off an email to confirm my reservation at the hotel I would be staying at and dove back into the paperwork that my paralegal had done.
My phone vibrated against the desk top taking my attention away from what I was reading. Grabbing it I answered the call.
“Hey Man, its done, its over. He’s going to prison.”
“Wow. It hasn’t hit the news yet, thanks for the update. When do you figure you’ll be home?”
“Probably by Wednesday. There are a few loose ends to wrap up here and then once those are done the remainder can be done through the office.”
“Sounds good. I leave on Monday, so I’ll leave a message with Anna to have everything wait for your approval business wise until you are back.”
“Sure thing. What else is going on?”
I swallowed hard. “I got a message from Felice the other day.”
“Wow, that’s a blast from the past. How is she?”
“Good, she needs some legal advice and asked that I stop in while I am in town to look over a couple of things.”
“Is Hope okay with that?”
I went quiet, taking a sip of scotch. “I’m not sure.”
“Have you told her?”
“Not exactly. I don’t want to spend my ten-year anniversary with her in a fight.”
“Carter, you need to tell her. You do know that, before you go.”
The line went silent, I talked to my brother about a lot of things but never my relationship or any trouble we were having, and the truth was we had been having trouble and I feared that this may just be the push we needed to be over.
“Is everything okay between you two?” Hunter asked.
I twirled my pen between my fingers, after he had confided in me last year about things with Autumn, I knew without a doubt he would listen. “I’m not sure, I feel as if we have lost one another, its been different lately. I feel like I am losing her.”
“This weekend away is going to be good for both of you. You need to find your way back to one another. But don’t let something so innocent and work related get between you, tell her.”
My younger brother seemed to finally have his shit all together. I had aided him in getting there, maybe I should listen to him now. Maybe it was my turn. “I’ll tell her. Listen I got to go and get into bed, early morning.”
“I have to call Autumn anyways, I promised I would when I finished tonight. I’ll be in touch tomorrow.”
“Sounds good. Talk to you soon.”
“Yep, oh and Carter,”
“Go make love to your wife.” He was gone after that and I hung up the phone and sat back against my chair. I looked down to our wedding picture that had sat on my desk for the past ten years, she was so beautiful that day and to this day, there was no doubt I was in love with her, I just needed to find her again.
I sat my phone down and went to get up when it vibrated again. Looking at the screen Felice’s name flashed across the screen, “Let me know when you arrive, dinner might be a good idea, just to get um reacquainted.”
I deleted the message without responding and left my office. As I walked down the hall I checked on both the girls before heading down the hall to our bedroom.
Hope was on her side, facing away from me, uncovered. Her little white tank top short enough to show off her still perfect ass in my favorite pair of black panties. I stripped out of my shirt and pants, crawling in and up behind her I placed a single kiss on her shoulder and ran my hand over her hip and down her silky leg.
“I tried to wait up.” She murmured in the sleepiest sexiest voice I had heard in a while.
My fingers traveled up her leg, over her thigh and hooked in under the edge of her panties, pulling them down gently I placed a kiss on her hip. I could feel myself growing harder by the second. She rolled over on to her back, running her fingers through my hair. “Not tonight baby.”
She placed a soft kiss on my cheek and rolled back over pulling the blankets over her body. I lay back against my pillow, Hunter’s words running through my mind. I wanted to make love to her, but when I had tried every single time over the past four weeks and got shot down every time a guy starts to doubt his confidence. I lay there, letting her role over taking her beautiful body and eyes away from me.
Where did your love of books come from?
I have loved books since I was a little girl. My parents say it started with Dr. Suess’s ABC book. To this day my father can still remember it from memory.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have many favorite authors. Kendall Ryan, Alessandra Torre, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Lauren Blakely, Susanna Kearsley, Elizabeth Brown, JA Kriss. – Just to name a few.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I would have to say all of my male characters hold a very special place in my heart. For female characters I would say Autumn from A Kiss Beneath the Stars, I think she was very strong after all that she had gone through.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Honestly it depends on what I am writing, I wrote a scene for On A Silent Night (releasing November 2018) that totally wiped me out, I was in the middle of Starbucks crying, it was so emotional.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Sterlings Silver Sapphires: http://bit.ly/SterlingsSapphires
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Books + Main Bites: http://bit.ly/SLSterlingBooksMain
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️