Sarah is here to talk about her latest book, New York, Actually, the 4th book in her From Manhattan with Love series.
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Q: What's your inspiration for this story?
I was on Facebook one day when I spotted a photo of a Dalmatian with a heart shaped nose. He was completely adorable and I knew he had to have a starring role in a book. I decided his name was going to be Valentine and that the heroine loved him more than any man. The story for New York, Actually grew from there. Also, one of my favorite books from childhood was The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, so that probably played a role in providing inspiration. I still have my original tattered and battered copy of that story.
Q: New York Actually is book 4 in the From Manhattan with Love series. What connects all the stories in this series? Would we see previous characters in this book?
Each story in the series stands alone and is complete in itself, but they are connected by the characters who are part of a community, and also by the city. For example Molly uses a dog walking business called The Bark Rangers to help her with Valentine. It’s run by twin sisters Fliss and Harriet, who appeared briefly in Miracle on 5th Avenue, and who will be major characters in the next two books. Readers who have enjoyed other books in the series will be pleased to catch the occasional glimpse of familiar faces, but readers who are new to the series won’t feel that they’re missing out because the main focus is on Molly and Daniel.
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing this book?
Dogs play a major role in this story, which is new for me. Valentine the Dalmatian and Brutus the German shephard (that’s not his real name, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more!) played a pivotal role in bringing Molly and Daniel together but also in the development of their characters. I love the way that my publishers in both the UK and US have reflected their importance on the cover. On the US cover the dogs are in silhouette, but you can clearly see the breed.
Q: How do you come up with emotional scenes that tug at the reader's heartstrings?
As a writer you have to be prepared to be very mean to people! Generally that involves working out what the character dreads most, and making it happen to them. You want to put them under pressure. I ask myself ‘what would this character do almost anything to avoid’, and then I make that happen. You hope that the reader will be sufficiently invested in the character that they are going to live through the pain with them and keep turning the pages to find out how they move through it.
Q: What is a typical writing day like?
A published author’s day is about more than just writing the book, although obviously that’s the most important part because without a book there is nothing to publish. Because I have deadlines, I set myself a weekly word target (that works better for me than a daily target) so I can be confident I’m on track. I write full time and I write most days because that works best for me. If I take time away from the book I find it then takes time to immerse myself in the story again, so I prefer to bury myself in it until its done. For years I wrote anywhere and everywhere - in the back of the car, waiting to pick kids up from school, watching a football game. A few years ago we built a small office at the bottom of our garden so now I work there and it’s bliss. I have no internet connection, so that’s where most of my writing takes place. Social media and other parts of the job take place later once the words are done.
Sounds perfect, since we have awesome books to read from you. :) Thank you for your time, Sarah, for this interview!
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. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 15 million copies of her books. She has been nominated five times for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.
As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.