Sarah Stuart – Author Interview

April 24, 2017 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

Sarah Stuart
~~Author Interview~~
Sarah Stuart, author

Today’s author interview is with the talented Sarah Stuart, author of The Royal Command series.

Please welcome Sarah Stuart to XterraWeb’s Author Interview Series. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Sarah for taking the time to give us this interview.

Buy Dangerous Liaisons: A Showbiz Family Saga (Royal Command Book 1) on Amazon.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sarah Stuart: My day job is literacy tutoring. My passions are animals, theatre, history, and travel.

Dogs were my opening into show business. During a period when I lived in Wales, I supplied them to professional companies using Aberystwyth University’s Arts Centre Theatre during student vacations. Many musicals and plays performed there were on their pre-West End premiere run, which gave me an unrivalled opportunity to talk to directors, choreographers, and the many other vital members of the backstage staff, and the performers. These ranged from actors and actresses in their first, or early, roles to worldwide superstars of stage and screen. That experience, and my association with the Northern Ballet, underpins the vivid portrayals of show business triumphs and heartbreak in the Royal Command series.

I hope readers will enjoy my novels as an escape from reality but be left understanding that fame and fortune often come at a high personal cost. Also, I hope readers will gain an increased perception of the threat to animals: those shot in the name of sport for trophy heads, endangered species, many poached for their fur and ivory, and tragically discarded pets. I donate 100% of my royalties to animal charities worldwide, to help preserve endangered species and support the work of centres re-homing unwanted pets.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?

Sarah Stuart: Don’t put off until tomorrow something you can do today. Patience is not my middle name!

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Sarah Stuart: Walk my dogs, listen to music, and avoid cooking if possible.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Sarah Stuart: Mary Stewart and her book This Rough Magic and Dick Francis and his book Driving Force.

Both wrote character-driven novels with a love interest, suspense, and crime, in different proportions.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Sarah Stuart: I’m a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite so I often have the chance to read authors’ first books, sometimes before they are published. It’s very satisfying to be able to offer advice knowing it won’t affect their Amazon rating. Red Tide (Aspen Falls Thrillers Book 1) is Peg Brantley’s debut novel, and I loved it: that was a 5 star.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Sarah Stuart: Dynasty of Deceit: A Showbiz Family Saga (Royal Command Book 3)

“Screams cut the clear air.” The Diamond Superstar, Michael Marsh, turns from signing autographs to see his beloved wife, Lizzie, lying dead on the snow: a skier in black is spotted speeding away towards the Matterhorn. Lisette leaves her husband, Brian, and rushes to her grieving father’s side, rekindling media suspicions of an incestuous relationship.

Jealous, and driven by guilty secrets of his own, Brian abandons Lisette, who is pregnant with his son. For the sake of Lizzie’s youngest daughter, Greta, he is determined to find the killer and mete out justice. The Swiss police ask the London force for help and the detective chief inspector assigned to the case is hostile, influenced by paparazzi stories that Lisette, Michael, or both, wanted Lizzie dead.

Who stabbed the woman everybody loved, and why? How can twins, secret lovers Harriet and Kit, help Greta, and will the way they choose bring the showbiz family empire crashing to the ground? Can rejected, deserted Lisette keep her solemn promise to Lizzie to pass on Margaret Tudor’s Book of Hours with its Royal Command “find love where ye may” to a daughter conceived in love?

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book, and why?

Sarah Stuart: Michael Marsh, the Diamond Superstar. He is the root, trunk, and branches of the whole series. It spans over forty years, which does mean a huge cast of characters. Dangerous Liaisons opens with Michael. Whether Sweet Temptation will end with him, I don’t know yet, but without him, none of the books would exist. Why do I like him, other than the books developed around him and he fascinates readers? For the same reason that he captivates so many fans: he’s handsome, sexy, and talented, and fun to write about.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Sarah Stuart: The characters, other than the villains, are people I would like to meet rather than based on people I have met. Some of the experiences are based on my own, and that will be especially true of Sweet Temptation. The settings are based more on experience of them than research. I have visited all the twelve European countries included in the concert tour in Illicit Passion, except Poland. Kraków has a sports stadium, also used for concerts, which seats eighteen thousand people: perfect for the drama of the final concert.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Sarah Stuart: I’m writing a fourth book in a series that began as one book, Dangerous Liaisons, and then developed into a trilogy with a very clear end to the historical thread that had run throughout. Some readers who took the time to review Dynasty of Deceit on Amazon said they were sorry it was the last book, and one said that he hoped it wasn’t! The same thing happened in discussions of Goodreads: nobody wanted the series to end. Given time, book four will be Sweet Temptation.

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Sarah Stuart: Only write if you can’t bear not to: if you do, write what you enjoy writing. The latest trend, whatever it is, will be over before you hit publish.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Sarah Stuart: I login to Goodreads most days and I’m happy to answer questions, fans are welcome friends on Facebook, and I can be found on Twitter.

Rebecca Bryn – Author Interview

September 22, 2015 | Posted in Author Interviews | By

~~Author Interview~~
Author Rebecca BrynToday’s author interview is with the talented Rebecca Bryn, author of The Silence of the Stones and Touching the Wire.

Please welcome Rebecca Bryn to XterraWeb ~Books & More~. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did.

Before we get started, we would like to thank Rebecca for taking the time to give us this interview.

One-click The Silence of the Stones on Amazon.

Amor Libris: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Rebecca Bryn: I live on a smallholding in West Wales with my husband and rescue dog. I have two sons, and six grandchildren. A self-taught artist, I also paint the stunning Pembrokeshire coastal scenery.

Amor Libris: What is your favorite motivational phrase, and why?

Rebecca Bryn: "It helps to not know what you can’t do." It’s a phrase that has stood me in good stead. There have been so many things I’ve done because I didn’t let thinking I couldn’t do them put me off. Writing is just one of them. I just have a go. What’s the worst that can happen?

Amor Libris: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Rebecca Bryn: I paint, walk, garden and also have a small boat on Monmouthshire and Brecon canal that we visit whenever possible.

Amor Libris: What books and/or authors have influenced you the most?

Rebecca Bryn: I think Tolkien gave me the love of a story that has a journey, both in miles and character development, and has been intricately woven and thoroughly grounded.

Amor Libris: Are there any new authors who have caught your attention?

Rebecca Bryn.: Several Indie authors: Lesley Hayes and Ica Iova are but two.

Amor Libris: Can you share the title and blurb of your latest book?

Rebecca Bryn: Where Hope Dares is the novel I’m hoping to publish in a few weeks’ time. It’s a story of courage, faith and hope in the eternal battle for good over evil.

In a time of social, religious and political upheaval, two isolated cultures clash with devastating results. Kiya, a healer and young mother, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy, leaving Raphel, her storyteller husband, to rescue her from a brutal regime with nothing more than a headful of stories. Abe, their friend, to whom they look for help has his own secret agenda. Who can they trust? Friend or foe?

Amor Libris: Who is your favorite character from your latest book and why?

Rebecca Bryn: I would have said Kiya, but a recent rewrite has given Abe a more prominent and central role and I find myself liking him a lot. He’s an enigmatic character. He feels guilt acutely, knows what it is to love and lose, and has spent his life trying to do the right thing with disastrous consequences. Yep, my favourite character has to be Abe.

Amor Libris: Are any of the characters and/or experiences in your books based upon yourself or someone you know?

Rebecca Bryn: Yes, to a degree. Alana, in The Silence of the Stones, is the person I could have been had I had more courage and much less conscience: me, liberated. Walt, in Touching the Wire, is based on my maternal grandfather, a person I loved above all others, and I couldn’t have written such a harrowing story without constantly reminding myself of his love and gentleness. Adam and Robin are two sides of the same coin, the best and worst sides of people close to my heart. I like to think Kiya shows my determination, though she has more faith than I shall ever have. I think every character has a little of me and those I love in them.

Amor Libris: Can you share with us about what you are working on now or your next project?

Rebecca Bryn: My next project, I think, will be to strip down and totally rewrite a story I wrote some years ago. It’s called, at the moment, Daughters of the Moon, and will be about a young woman put into a mental institution for smothering her baby. It will revolve around the effects on lives of afflictions like PMS and depression after giving birth (the term has momentarily escaped me—I suffer from Dysphasia, which is the only word I never forget). Sounds depressing put like that, doesn’t it? The idea is in its early stages. I shall attempt to make it entertaining and moving. (Post-natal Depression—I knew it would come, given time.)

Amor Libris: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Rebecca Bryn: Write—with conviction and passion. Don’t think you can’t do it, but do take on board any feedback you get and act on it if it will improve the story or your writing. Follow a creative writing course or book. Join a writing group. The Word Cloud on-line site is one I can thoroughly recommend: a great and knowledgeable group of like-minded, helpful folk. Writing is a huge learning curve and it takes time. Promoting your published title is just as great a challenge.

Amor Libris: How can we contact you and find out more about you and your books?

Rebecca Bryn:
Website: www.rebeccabrynandsarahstuart-novels.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.bryn.novels
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rebeccabryn1
Independent Author Network link: www.independentauthornetwork.com/rebecca-bryn

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