Today we’re happy to introduce you to author
Sarah M. Ross
Because her book Inhale, Exhale
is great (check out our review here), we thought we’d like to get to
know her better!
Enjoy the interview…then go read the book!!
What was your inspiration for writing Inhale, Exhale? Where did the idea come from?
The idea for Inhale Exhale came to me last summer when my best friend came for a visit. The story is (very) loosely inspired by how she met her now husband. We were just chatting, and all of a sudden the characters of Jillian and Grant began to form in my head.
What was the most difficult part of this book to write?
For me, the hardest part was definitely writing the “smexy” scenes. I giggled like an eighth grade girl the entire time. But I got over it and pushed through, and I think the end result turned out great!
Do you have any deleted scenes that you might release one day?
I did delete a big chunk at one point to re-write, but I didn’t save it. I’ll definitely look into saving it to release a deleted scene for my next book!
Do you have a favorite character from this book, or one that spoke to you more personally or more clearly as you were writing?
Since the story is loosely based on my best friend, I felt a connection to Trish, Jillian’s BFF. I wouldn’t say that I’m exactly like her or anything, but I loved writing her!
Tell us a little bit about your other books and how they differ from this one.
Inhale Exhale is my first contemporary romance novel. All of my other books have been young adult paranormal—so they are very different than this one. I have two other series. My Patronus series (no, not like Harry Potter) includes Awaken, Avenge, and Atone. These books are about a girl who dies and becomes a guardian of spirits. My other series is my Earth Angel Series. The first novel, Echo of an Earth Angel introduces us to this trilogy about a fallen angel who falls in love with a human girl and accidentally turns her immortal. The second book in that series (Fate of an Earth Angel) will be out later this year.
Have you always envisioned yourself becoming an author?
I’ve always been a writer, even as a young girl. But I never envisioned that I could do this as a career. When I was growing up, it was very difficult to break into publishing. But thankfully, with the advent of the Kindle and the ease of self-publishing, I have been blessed with living my dream!
What inspires you?
I can get inspiration from anything—from a story my best friend told me to seeing a car accident (which was the inspiration for Echo of an Earth Angel). I always keep my phone on me so I can write down anytime my Muse strikes!
What is your favorite genre to read? Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
I read a lot of Young Adult, Paranormal, New Adult, and Contemporary. I have a lot of favorite authors, but some of my favorites are (in no particular order) Nichole Chase, Tiffany King, Courtney Cole, KA Tucker, CA Kunz, Georgia Cates, Abbi Glines, Rebecca Donovan, Liz Reinhardt, Colleen Hoover, Shelly Crane, and soo, soo, soo many more!
I am currently reading the second book in Amy Bartol’s Intuition series and on deck on my kindle is Adam Kunz’ One Tiny Secret.
What has been the harshest criticism you’ve received? What has been your biggest compliment?
The harshest criticisms are the ones where they attack me as a person. I get that people may not like my books, and that’s okay, but it’s hard when someone attacks me as a person. That’s just not cool.
The best compliment I ever get is one someone tells me they stayed up til the wee hours reading one of my books. That never ceases to amaze me. To give up precious sleep because you’re so engrossed you can’t put it down—now that makes me giggly all over!
Are you working on something new at the moment? If so, any ideas about when we can expect to see it?
I am currently working on a few things. First, I’m working on the second book in my Earth Angel trilogy. The other book I’m working on is an idea that’s been nagging me for a while now. It’s a mature YA contemporary novel. I’m only in the early stages of this book, but hope to have it out by the end of the year.
Where do you write? Do you have certain rituals you follow?
I find myself mostly writing with my laptop, so I write all over. In the office, in bed, on the couch, at the pool, at the beach, at a little café by my house—really just anywhere! I think that’s one of the best parts about working from home. I can work anywhere. The only real “ritual” that I follow is that I have to have quiet in order to write. I can’t write if the TV is on or if there is any music on. I get too distracted!
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
I would tell an aspiring author to do their homework! Read blogs and books about publishing, join writing groups, and really know this business. If you want to be taken professionally, know the profession!
- Tea or coffee COFFEE!
- Rock or country Rock
- Dog or cat Cat!
- Chocolate or vanilla Chocolate of course
- Mountains or the beach The beach
- Hardcover, softcover or e-book? e-book
About the Book:
Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain.
Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.
But things never go according to plan.
When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.
About the Author:
Sarah Ross started her obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. She would read any fiction book she could get her hands on. Sarah knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding her from TV or music, her mom would take away her books as punishment (The Horror!). Her love of all things paranormal was inspired by her good friend Laurie, who convinced Sarah that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, she gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history.
Sarah grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. She will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but couldn’t take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find Sarah now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!
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