Interview With Sabrina York
Interview With Sabrina York
Affaire de Coeur welcomes award winning author and July Calendar Girl
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York
Where are you from?
I’m an Army brat, so I am from all over. I was born in Germany, have lived in the Orient and all over the United States. I spent most of my life in Southern California, but now live in the sunny Pacific Northwest. (Well, it’s sunny right now. In five minutes it’ll probably be raining again.) But I love it here. My new Tryst Island Series is set on an island in the San Juans, to give you a taste of how gorgeous it can be here…when it wants to.
Married? Children? Pets?
I am married with an adorable son (and yes, he’s single, ladies.) and have a beautiful lab/pit bull mix puppy. She’s 80 pounds and thinks she’s a lap dog.
Do you have another job other than writing?
I’m new at this (just been published a little over a year) so yes, I still have my “day job.” I enjoy the interaction with people, because writing is so very solitary. Except for the voices in my head, of course.
What is your favorite place to eat?
Eat? You had me at eat. I love to eat and don’t care where, but my current favorite is teriyaki beef short ribs.
Those who know me already know the answers to this. I vacillate between bacon, peanut butter and coffee.
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Bacon. J Also lots of fresh veggies. I try to eat 4 cups a day.
Something silly you have done …
Okay, don’t tell anyone, but when I was in college, I traveled around Europe with my best friend. She’s very much like me, goofy to the core. We loved to make up our own language and confuse people on the train. We also took pictures of each other next to all the famous statues in Europe…doing things. I won’t go into detail.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
Vegas is my favorite vacation spot. I love the crazy lights, the energy and the “I can do anything I want” vibe. If I can’t get away, I love to sit in a coffee shop and write. And did I mention? Drink coffee. If coffee shops had bacon, they would be perfect.
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
I am very busy this year. In July I’m going to Atlanta for the RWA convention. Two of my books finaled in the Passionate Plume (Folly and Adam’s Obsession) so I am excited to attend the Passionate Ink party where the winners will be announced, and I am also looking forward to connecting with friends I haven’t seen for a while.
I am scheduled to attend Jimmy Thomas’ Romance Novel Convention in August. This bash takes place in (yes, you got it) Vegas. Another fun con on my schedule is Ellora’s Cave’s RomantiCon in Ohio in October. I’ll be signing books at both.
Additionally, I’m speaking at the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association Conference (in July) and the Emerald City Writer’s Conference (In October).
Do you have a critique partner?
I actually have a critique group, a wonderful bunch of women who not only help keep my work error free (I am dyslexic, you know) they help me keep my sanity. Additionally, select members of my street team graciously beta read my self-published works. What a wonderful group they are.
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
I have several causes I support (though I stay away from the political end because it makes my blood pressure rise). One of my favorites is Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes; I donated a Sweet, Sexy and Sparkly package this year and plan to do even more next year. It’s a great auction for writers and readers alike and has some really amazing packages for folks to personally connect with their favorite authors, win signed books and so much more. Also, I would like to find a cure for diabetes so I can eat chocolate. Won’t you help?
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
The fabulous Cherry Adair is a member of my local RWA chapter. Her advice to me was “Finish the Damn Book.” Seems simple, but I can’t tell you how many writers fixate on one story. Cherry kicked me in the butt and got me to finish Adam’s Obsession. Once that one was done, the next and the next and the next just flowed. I recommend authors struggling with their first book get it down and move on. You can always go back to make fixes if it’s not perfect, but you cannot edit a blank page.
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
Well, right now I am most excited about my double final in the Passionate Plume. I have a book in the Historical category (Folly, an erotic Regency romance) and one in the contemporary category (Adam’s Obsession, my first release). The field of finalists in both categories is amazing and I am honored to be included with those awesome authors.
Lust Eternal, my first erotic fantasy just released from Ellora’s Cave. This is a steamy story of a warrior trapped in a magic lamp and cursed with unquenchable lust. Yum.
I am also excited about my self published Tryst Island Series. I have ten novellas planned; three are finished. Rebound, the first release, hit #1 on the Amazon list for free erotic romance, which was pretty exciting. Dragonfly Kisses is book 2 and currently available and Smoking Holt (a scorching BDSM novella) releases in July.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
If I have done my homework—and plotted out a book and know the characters—nothing is hard about writing. I can write up to 10,000 words a day (that’s a novella in a weekend.) If I have not done my homework, everything is hard. Everything.
Don’t get all excited and think I can pump out four novellas a month though. There’s a lot more to being a writer than composing sexy books. After the first draft is done, there’s editing, more editing, formatting and promo. My goal is a release a month, but it’s more important to me that whatever I send out into the world be the best it can be, and I will take whatever time it needs to make that happen. Also, some books are easier than others.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My very first book never got published. But I still love it. Way back in the day, before the HBO series, I read Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and I loved it so much I wanted to write an epic fantasy like that. And I did. 175,000 words of it. I still love this story, but in its current form, it would probably not sell in today’s market. I still have a special place in my heart for epic fantasy though, and may revisit it one day.
What ignites your creativity?
I find I am visually stimulated, so looking at pictures gives me ideas. I also get ideas when driving the car, for some reason. Probably because I’m not trying then? But getting ideas while you’re driving can be dangerous. ;)
Do you listen to music while you write?
Typically, I find it distracting, especially music with words, but when I was writing Dragonfly Kisses, I listened to cello classics because Cassie is a cellist and I wanted to get into a particular mood. I’m curious to know if readers sense a different vibe in that book because of the musical influence.
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with?
Just one? My favorites are Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Downey Jr. Seriously, any of those will do. Anytime. Anywhere.
Any life experiences tangled in the storylines?
I think all authors mine their lives for story ideas to some extent. I will not, however, write about people I know. On the rare occasion I want to name a character after a friend, I actually have to write the story using a different name and then change the name when the book is done. Tristan, from Tristan’s Temptation, for example, was originally Kyle. And Tess, from Training Tess was originally Emily. That makes it a little confusing for me when the book comes out, but it is necessary. Because I do write erotic romance and no one wants to imagine their friends…well, you know.
What books do you have on your favorites shelf?
I have favorite erotic romance authors I just don’t want to miss. They include Desiree Holt, Cerise DeLand, Delilah Devlin and Tina Donahue. And of course, I adore Chantilly White, Gina Lamm and Sidney Bristol. Love, love, love these guys. My go-to authors for traditional romance include Johanna Lindsey, Elizabeth Lowell, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Julia Quinn. For action/adventure, you can’t beat Cherry Adair and when I want a hysterical romantic mystery, I head straight for Ann Charles.
What book are you reading now?
Lost Souls by Delilah Devlin. WOW. I love her books.
And I can’t wait to read Trudy, Madly, Deeply by Wendy Delaney, which is coming out July 30th. It’s a hysterical cozy mystery by one of my dear friends, so you know it’ll be high up on my TBR.
Any new authors who have caught your interest?
Jennifer Kacey and I share an editor, so of course I read her debut novel, Together in Cyn, and loved it.
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
First of all, never give up. I sold Adam’s Obsession after winning a contest…but it came at a time when I had decided to give up on writing and sit on the sofa and watch Toddlers and Tiaras instead. I’m glad I didn’t give up.
Second of all, write. Even if it’s not perfect, just write. I can’t tell you how much better my work is after one year of solid writing and editing. I look back at older manuscripts (which did not sell, by the way) and cringe.
Thirdly, don’t go it alone. Writing is a very solitary pursuit. Writing conferences, contests and critique groups are worth their weight in sanity gold. We need the input of other authors and readers to fuel our fire and keep us motivated. However, if you use someone’s advice, make sure you trust them. I’ve gotten very bad (and wrong) advice from well-meaning people. Which leads to #4:
Study your craft. Know what a dangling participle is and when to cut it off. Know the correct use of a semi colon. Understand the power of deep POV. Study the industry as well because it’s always changing.
And finally (and this bears repeating), if you love writing, write. And never give up.
What would you like to say to your readers?
Ah, my lovely readers. First of all, thank you for reading. You are the reason I do this. Before I was published I said, “If only I could please one reader, I would be happy.” I can’t tell you how delighted I am to have more than one reader. But no matter how many readers I have, each one is important to me. I would like to encourage you to connect with me on facebook or twitter or wherever you are. Tell me what you think about my books. Tell me what you like and don’t like. I want to know. These books are for you.
And if you really like sparkly things, you should enter my ongoing tiara contest. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be in the drawing until you ask to be removed. It’s that simple.
You can check out all my books or contact me on my website:
I look forward to hearing from you!
LINKS & STUFFAbout Sabrina York
Sabrina is an award winning author of erotic romance with nearly a dozen titles available, ranging from sweet & sexy erotic romance to BDSM to erotic horror. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york or Facebook.
Other Books by Sabrina York
Brigand (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)—coming soon
Dark Duke (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave)—coming soon
Dragonfly Kisses: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary, Available on Amazon)
Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave) —coming soon
Smoking Holt: A Tryst Island Erotic Romance (Erotic Contemporary)—Coming soon