Sara’s Most Recent Book
Praise for Sara Humphreys:
Sara Humphreys graduated from Marist College with a degree in English literature and theater. She started her career as an actress, with credits including Guiding Light, As the World Turns, and Rescue Me. She also specializes in public speaking, presentation development, and communication skills training. But she has loved romance novels and sci-fi/fantasy worlds for years, beginning with Star Trek (she had a huge crush on Captain Kirk). She is now married to her college sweetheart, with whom she has four boys and two “insanely loud” dogs. They live just outside of New York City, a perfect inspiration for where things go bump in the night.
Sara’s fascination with sci-fi/fantasy eventually grew into a love for all things paranormal, including ghosts, shape-shifters, and the undead. And she considers herself a hopeless romantic and a sucker for happy endings.
Sarah’s first manuscript caught the eye of a major national bookseller, who championed her publishing career. Sara utilizes her acting skills during her writing, using sense memory recall and creating backgrounds for all of her characters so they have a history. Even for shape shifters, she likes to research the animals she plans to use and utilize their natural traits in her characters who can take on their forms.
Sara’s perfect “indulgent” day would involve planting herself on her couch and watching a marathon of Alien, Terminator, or Star Trek movies. She hates laundry but loves chocolate and enjoys jogging outdoors over a treadmill any day.
What her editor says:
“The world Sara has created is multi-faceted and always fresh. Every layer draws me in deeper.”
We were recently able to sit down with paranormal author Sara Humphreys for a quick conversation about her recent writing debut her background. Sara's first novel Unleashed, was very well received and was named the 2011 Best Book of the Year by Long and Short Reviews. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about Sara’s writing and background.
DANL: Thank you, Sara, for taking the time to sit down and chat with us. Could you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Where did you grow up, get your education, where do you live now, etc.?
SH: I grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I graduated from Marist College with a BA in English and Theater. I currently live in Westchester County, New York with my husband of almost eighteen years and our four sons. We also have two dogs that reside here but if they don’t start behaving… they may have to relocate.
DANL: We have those same feelings about our dogs too. One of the things we’re interested in is finding out more about how today’s romance authors first discovered the genre. Do you remember the first romance novel you read and what do you remember most about it?
SH: The first romance novel that I ever read was Dark Prince by Christine Feehan. I was hooked from that moment forward. I then proceeded to buy everything she’d ever written and devour it. However, I probably got really hooked on romance in high school. I was a devout Days of Our Lives and Another World fan! I taped those two shows religiously.
DANL: It’s interesting you were a devout fan of Soap Operas growing up, didn’t that actually become more than just a following for you?
SH: I was an actor and worked on different Soap Operas from time to time. Nothing major but I got work here and there.
DANL: When did you start writing romance novels, and what inspired you to start writing?
SH: I’ve always dabbled in writing but I started writing novels around 2005 and never stopped. I love to tell stories that entertain and provide an escape.
DANL: As you just recently made your author debut, is there an interesting story about how you got your first novel published?
SH: I could write a book just on that. How much time do you have?
DANL: We’ve got the time…besides we’ve heard there’s an interesting story on how you found your agent. Care to share?
SH: I self-published first with a teeny-tiny ebook publisher and used that success to help get the attention of my agent. I got rejected…a lot! Then one day I was at a charity book signing with Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark (Mary’s daughter). I was there with two nuns—both in full habit—and they were giving Mary tons of gifts, rosary beads from the Pope and taking a million pictures with her. As a result, they were holding up the line and Carol was sitting by herself waiting for the line to move along. I decided to just take a chance and ask if she could suggest an agent. And she did. She told me to contact Jeanne Dube at Forte Literary Management and she said that I could use her name! Can you imagine that? So I did and about six weeks later I got a phone call from Jeanne…and the rest is history.
DANL: They say that God works in mysterious ways. Your writing and world-building has been commented on in reviews, how would you describe your writing style?
SH: I’m a storyteller. I want to create a world that will take the reader away from their troubles, even if it’s only for a little while. As for research, I do a good deal of online research on various animals for my shifters and locations for different settings—especially if I haven’t been there before. I’ll also pick my friend’s brains. For example, one of my besties from college has been a detective for years, so when I need info about guns or ammo…she’s the first person that I call.
DANL: Is anything else unique about your writing process that people may not know?
SH: I use music before I write to help me spark ideas but not during the writing.
DANL: Your first two books are now available and I believe the third in the series, Untamed, is coming this November. What are you working on now?
SH: I’m currently working on a free ebook short for the Amoveo Legend series and the first book in my upcoming vampire series, Tall, Dark and Vampire.
DANL: So tell us, what has has been your most memorable moment as an author?
SH: Getting the call from my agent Jeanne telling me that she’d sold my series to Sourcebooks.
DANL: And how about your readers… what have you enjoyed the most about your new fans?
SH: I love how engaged so many of my readers are. It’s great fun getting to know them through Facebook and Twitter. I started a street team called Sara’s Angels and I got to meet several of them in person at the 2012 Romantic Times conference in Chicago. Such fun!
DANL: As a new author, do you have any “advice” you would give to other aspiring writers?
SH: Don’t ever give up. Ever. You have to be willing to risk failure. If you don’t try then you’ll never succeed. Just keep at it! I heard a great quote once but I’m not sure who said it, “The only difference between a published author and an unpublished author is perseverance.”
DANL: We'd like to ask you more generally about romance novels. As you know, Romance is one of the best-selling genres in American literature, why do you think that is?
SH: Because we all are in love with love. Romance novels are about the beginning…the falling in love, that steal-your-breath intensity that we experience when we first connect with someone. In real life that initial attraction fades, changes or evolves as we grow into a long lasting relationship but romance novels allow us to recapture the beautiful beginning.
DANL: So heres the twenty-dollar question, what is your idea of the perfect romance novel?
SH: Love, sex, and conflict, with a hot other-worldly man and a happily ever after…of course.
DANL: Who are currently your favorite romance authors?
SH: There are too many to choose just one but here are just a few of my faves. Olivia Cunning, Terry Spear, Carolyn Brown, Joanne Kennedy, Judi Fennell, Christine Feehan, and Lori Handeland.
DANL: Are there any books that would make your favorite list?
SH: Terry Spears’ werewolf series is awesome! Also, Lori Handeland’s Nightcreature series rocks. I loved Blue Moon.
DANL: Who is the most recent author you’ve fallen in love with, and how did you discover them?
SH: Nely Cab. I really enjoyed her Young Adult book, Creatura. I met her on Facebook and decided to try out her work and I’m glad I did.
DANL: Do you have a favorite line from a romance book you’ve read?
SH: “The irony of life is to realize that you live only to die.” —Nely Cab.
DANL: Okay, we're going to move into our “rapid-fire” section of the interview...so hold on. (1) Is there a book that has changed your life?
SH: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
DANL: (2) What was the last book you read that really moved you?
SH: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
DANL: (3) What was your favorite book when you were a child?
SH: The Little House on the Prairie series.
DANL: (4) If you could live in a historical time or place, where and when would it be?
SH: I’d love to spend one day in the Court of Queen Elizabeth I.
DANL: (5) If you could travel anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go? Do you have a favorite place you have visited?
SH: There are so many places on my bucket list but if I had to pick just one it would be Hong Kong.
DANL: (6) If you had to choose a favorite character or moment from one of your novels, what would it be and why?
SH: Probably Kerry Smithson. She’s my kind of gal. Funny, a tad sarcastic and a devoted friend.
DANL: (7) If you were to write a novel that did not focus on romance, what would you write?
SH: A Mom’s survival guide to raising all boys
DANL: (8) What other things do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
SH: I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi flick. The Aliens, Star Trek and Terminator franchises are my favorite.
DANL: (9) What’s the most romantic thing someone could do for you?
SH: My husband will bring home flowers for no reason or email me a song video and tell me that he loves me. Those little things have a big impact.
DANL: (10) Can you give us a short list of your favorite “everything” (i.e. food, drink, color, etc.)?
SH: My bed when it’s got fresh sheets on it, sitting on our deck and writing, laughing with my boys at the movies, Skinny Girl Margaritas, Shiraz, Chocolate and walking on the beach.
DANL: (11) What’s your favorite “indulgence item” that you would be willing to share with your readers?
SH: Getting a massage is THE best.
DANL: Thanks for playing along with that. One of the things we ask all of our authors is about your favorite charities, how do you choose to help enrich your community?
SH: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. My son Ian (now 17) is an insulin dependent Type 1 diabetic and has been since he was 2 ½. I also support the efforts of ASMBA STAR who are helping to support our veterans.
DANL: And one final question, where can your readers find out more about you online?
SH: I love to hear from my readers and they can always find me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/Amoveo, or on Twitter: @authorsara, or through my website: http://sarahumphreys.com. Also if anyone wants to become one of my Angels, I would love to have you join us.
The author’s incredible world building and fast paced plot pulled me in right away and I was instantly hooked.”
—Long and Short Reviews
I cannot stress enough about how beautifully this story has been written... Sara Humphreys invites you into a strange and wonderful new world of shape shifters.”
—Bitten by Love Reviews
Outstanding... Red-hot love scenes punctuate a well-plotted suspense story that will keep readers turning pages as fast as they can.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
A fresh new interpretation of shapeshifter lore...”
—Urban Girl Reader
A fast-paced paranormal romance with fantastic world-building.”
—The Book Girl
Sweet and passionate. An enthralling story.”
—Anna’s Book Blog
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