Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
I often find myself day dreaming about plots and characters but once I put my head on the pillow I sleep soundly! If I dream, I never seem to remember it in the morning. It would be so wonderful to dream a whole story, wake up with a clear memory and write it. If that ever happens I’ll let you know!
When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I always loved writing but didn’t think it was something anyone did as a job, so I trained as a nurse. Then one day I picked up a medical romance that my roommate was reading. I finished the book in one sitting and thought, ‘I could write that’. I sold my first Medical Romance to Harlequin shortly after, and for years I wrote alongside my day job. I wrote sixty five romances for Medical Romance and Harlequin Presents before I started writing full length novels. My first contemporary romance, Sleigh Bells in the Snow was published last October, the first of three books about the O’Neil Brothers. Suddenly Last Summer is the second book, and the final book in the series, Maybe This Christmas, will be out in October.
What is it about this genre that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I read everything, not just romance. People fascinate me and I love biographies. I read thrillers, literature, magazines – I’ll read the back of a cereal packet if that’s all there is, but the genre I love the most is romance. I think it was Jill Shalvis who described romance as ‘food for the soul’ and I agree. Romance is emotionally nurturing and life affirming. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it tackles serious issues, but whatever the topic or the character’s journey, it is hopeful and ultimately uplifting.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Suddenly Last Summer is the second book in my O’Neil Brothers series. Sean O’Neil is a talented orthopedic surgeon, totally committed to his career. He is forging his own path and doesn’t want to be involved in the family business at Snow Crystal, Vermont. When events conspire to bring him back home for a short time, he’s forced to confront not only his feelings about the place but also his feelings for Élise, the fiery French chef with whom he spent one steamy night the previous summer.
Neither Sean or Élise want a relationship. They are both strong, passionate people, have great chemistry but they think they have their feelings under control. They are so wrong! These two were meant to be together, but it takes a whirlwind ride of passion and emotion before they realize it themselves. Exploring their romantic journey in Suddenly Last Summer was so much fun and I hope readers enjoy the story.
What inspired you to write it?
I always enjoy writing about characters who have an intense relationship history. In Sean and Élise’s case it was brief, but it left a lasting impact on both of them. I wanted to explore how two guarded, very independent people manage to lower their barriers enough to embark on a relationship, but I also wanted to look at how family pressure had impacted on Sean.
Have you ever spotted anyone reading your books anywhere?
Last summer we had a family vacation on a Greek island and the hotel had a small library of books for guests to use, including a couple of mine. I saw a few people reading them on the beach. So cool.
Who designs your covers?
The talented art department at HQN design my US covers. They’re photographic, posed by models and always gorgeous. Harlequin UK design the UK covers, which are illustrative. Readers usually have strong opinions about which they prefer. I always love both. I enjoy seeing the different visual interpretation of the story.
If your latest book was made into a film, who would you cast?
Eva Green and Ian Somerhalder
What's your favorite book that made it to the big screen?
Bridget Jones’ Diary (the first one, not the second one)
What were the last two books you read?
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and I recently re-read Northern Lights by Nora Roberts.
Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
Sarah Morgan. HAHA J Seriously, there are so many books out there now it’s hard for any author to find an audience. Thank you for having me here and letting me talk about myself and my books!
Where do you write?
Usually in my office overlooking the garden, but sometimes I need to be surrounded by people (but not actually in a conversation with them!) and then I might go and write in a coffee shop. There’s a hotel near my house that overlooks the river and sometimes I go and find myself a leafy corner and write under a tree in the shade. I love being near water.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream?
I wanted to be a ballerina for about a month, then I wanted to teach horseback riding. At the age of eight I told my mother I wanted to be a writer and that dream stayed with me even when I trained as a nurse. It took me a while to realize the ambition of writing full time.
In the movie of your life, who would play you?
Top drink to make you tipsy? Champagne
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Shop-a-sometimes!
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Sky high until I fall, then flat on my face
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Jilly Cooper
Cry baby or tough cookie? I’m tough until someone steals my cookies
Exotic beach or enchanted forest? Both together. I want it all!
About the Book:USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces another irresistible O'Neil brother who's more tempting than dessert and twice as sinful!
Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the grand opening plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O'Neil is back in town and looking more delectable than ever. Memories of the electrifying night they shared last summer leave Élise very tempted, but she knows all too well that eventually Sean will be leaving…again.
Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O'Neil's worst nightmare. Returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means confronting the guilt he feels about rejecting his family's lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise is still in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Remembering last summer and how good they were together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine….
About the Author:USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. RT Book Reviews has called her 'a magician with words' and she has made numerous appearances in their 'Top Pick' slot. Sarah lives near London, and when she isn't reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. She loves chatting with readers by email and on Facebook and Twitter. More information can be found on her website.
Grand Prize includes a La Bonne Vie Cupcake necklace, Sleigh Bells in the Snow (first book in the series), Suddenly Last Summer and a bookmark
Second prize is Sleigh Bells in the Snow, Suddenly Last Summer and a bookmark
Prizing provided by Harlequin
Open to US/CA only