09 October 2011

AOTW- Sara Brookes

Sara Brookes

About the Author:

2011 PRISM winner, Futuristic category, for Midnight’s Ghost
Sara Brookes is a multi-published author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.

Sara is a member of RWA, the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of RWA, the Passionate Ink chapter of RWA and EPIC Authors.


 
 Interview with Sara Brookes

A 2011 PRISM winner, Futuristic category, for Midnight’s Ghost; Sara Brookes is author of Midnight’s Shadow, Impulse Control, Flash of Dark and six other books.

Holly: Hello, Sara. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sara Brookes: Thanks so much for having me here! I’m Sara Brookes and I love, love, love to write about tortured heroes and lost souls who are looking for their true love. I’m addicted to action movies, coffee, and video games—in no particular order. Not to mention, I adore love stories with really hot alpha men and copious amounts of BDSM thrown into the mix.

Holly: How and when did you start writing?

Sara Brookes: I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I just dabbled really, nothing I was overly serious about because I honestly didn’t think I was good at it. When my daughter was born years ago, I stopped completely because I didn’t have the time. But she’s older now and I’d like to say I have more time, but not really. I just make the time now because I found it’s something I love to do.

Holly: You write some D/s novels, a favorite genre of mine I admit. Can you tell us a little about what attracted you to this genre or erotica in general?

Sara Brookes: When I started reading romance novels, I was always disappointed in the “closed door” aspect. They always seemed to skip over the details. I know I have a good imagination and could fill in those details, but I was always interested in the complete story without anything left out. I stumbled across erotica and you see how that ended up. *g*

Holly: What do you think makes a good BDSM or D/s novel? For that matter, whether you are reading about them or writing them; what do you think makes a good Dominate in a novel?

Sara Brookes: Good BDSM books are when it’s clear the author did their research and are comfortable with the lifestyle. If they aren’t in it themselves, they took the time to seek out someone who is in order to ask questions to make themselves as educated as possible. For me, it can’t be about the Dom just trying to push their power around on the submissive. Trust is a huge part of the power exchange that comes with BDSM books and if I’m not convinced the characters have it with each other, then something’s wrong.

Holly: Which comes first for you, the plot or the characters?

Sara Brookes: Both are just as equally as important. There can’t be a strong, significant plot without strong, significant characters. For me personally, they develop together as I write.

Holly: You novel Perfect Limit just came out last month. Can you tell us a little bit about it and how you came up with the two main characters?

Sara Brookes: When I started writing Perfect Limit, my main focus was to be able to show its okay to have flaws, to not be the ideal picture of what a person should look like because people are still going to love and cherish regardless. While, yes, this is some very hot, hot, hot sex & BDSM, there’s a real story with this book. Rayna had a hard life growing up—she was abandoned because of something she couldn’t control—and it still carries with her to this day. Burke, the Dom she’d been with at the club on the planet, knows all about her problem and he’s always left it alone for her to deal with. But that ends the night this story takes place. He’s had enough and wants to do whatever it takes to show her just how special and precious she is…just as she is.

Holly: You have two more books listed on your website as coming soon; No Restraint and Slow Break. Can you give us a little in depth about your two characters and the plot in No Restraint?

Sara Brookes: I’ve found I always love to give my female characters careers that aren’t the “typical” path for women. No Restraint’s heroine, Kegan, is an aeronautical racer (a form of upper atmosphere high-speed racing) who is forced to take a break between races. She heads to the club on Sypricon and comes face to face with Walker. He’s someone who, for the first time in a long time, doesn’t care about her fame and fortune. He immediately decides to show her how letting herself go can make her a better racer.

Holly: You also write Male/male erotica, another favorite genre of mine! (I think I have found a new favorite author to explore :) Slow Break, is to be the first m/m novel in your Sypricon Masters series. Can you tell us some about the plot of this novel and your two main characters Jack and Denton?

Sara Brookes: I just finished edits on Slow Break and this is one I really enjoyed writing. It’s not the typical BDSM story as it deals with what happens when a submissive earns a punishment and the Dom delivers. Jack is actually mentioned in passing in Perfect Limit, and it seemed the right time to write his story. He owns and runs a quarry on the planet and because of his position of responsibility always worried about what others would think if they knew he came to the club to kneel before another man. Unable to deal with it, he left without warning. But a tragedy in his life makes him realize he’s missing something and comes back to beg forgiveness. But Denton, his former Dom, isn’t about to just accept him with open arms.

Holly: I know you write m/m/f but Slow Break will be your first m/m novel you have published? But you also mention on your site that you are working on a short m/m paranormal erotic romance.

Sara Brookes: Yes, Ragged Edge was my first m/m/f (which actually has a few m/m scenes!) story whereas Slow Break will be the first solely m/m story I’ll have published. I tend to write stories in groups—several BDSM in a row, then a few ménage, etc—so right after I finished Slow Break, I started the m/m paranormal erotic romance. I just submitted it to my editor, and it’s really early in that process. Right now, it’s about keeping my fingers crossed as I wait. *g*

Holly: Can we expect more books from you in the future along with No Restraint and Slow Break?

Sara Brookes: I’m certainly working to make that happen! I don’t have anything under contract for 2012 yet, but I’m working to change that. I’m currently working on another book that takes place in the same town as Hardware (a m/f contemporary erotic romance w/ BDSM elements). Once I finish that, I’ll move onto another contemporary erotic romance (m/m/f) and two more stories for the Sypricon Masters series, one a ménage and one with a female dominant.

Holly: Where can we purchase your books?

Sara Brookes: Direct from the publishers:


Or most of the major online retailers:


Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Sara Brookes: Yes! I feel especially lucky to have the fabulous readers I do, and I thank each and every one of them for where I am at this point in my career. I wouldn’t be here without them. Writing is a very solitary profession, so I always love hearing from readers, so drop me a line anytime. If email isn’t your thing, I have a love affair with Twitter and always love to talk to people there as well (http://twitter.com/Sara_Brookes) Thanks again for having me!

Holly: Thank you so much for being here today, Sara!


Books by Sara Brookes
Rebirth series:
Flash of Dark #1
Blood Fever #2
Forged in Fire #3

Star Runner series:
’s Ghost #1
’s Shadow #2

Sypricon Masters series:
Impulse Control #1
Perfect Limit #2

Single Titles
Hardware
Ragged Edge


Coming Soon
No Restraint (Sypricon Masters #3) -- Expected Publication Date: November 11, 2011
Slow Break (Sypricon Masters #5) -- Expected Publication Date: December 16, 2011
You can also find books that Sara has in works, here.

Awards
2011 PRISM winner, Futuristic category, for Midnight’s Ghost

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