This week, as part of my on-going author interview series, I’m hosting Sandra Waine. Sandra currently lives in central New Hampshire with her cat, Irene. She loves to cycle, garden, take long walks in the woods, travel, take pictures and write. There is nothing more interesting to her than eavesdropping in on a conversation. From this, she can imagine all types of stories unfolding…..
Today, Sandra is promoting Passages: A Trilogy (Touch Me From Afar Book 1). It’s a romantic suspense-time travel story, and sounds like a great summer read.
About the book:
It only took twenty-four hours for Samantha Arnesen’s world to change drastically and there was no logical explanation for it. Divorced, forty and needing a complete change, she ditched a logical, safe world back in England and took off exploring other parts of Europe.
A rather embarrassing circumstance in Venice propels Sam into a bold interaction with a handsome stranger. Had she left things alone her safe little life would have continued. But it was not her destiny. A passionate kiss transcends her right into his world of 1865.
Was it irrational, destiny, or a bump on the head?
With no apparent possibility of returning back, it all simply starts to unravel.
Published on January 8, 2017 by Solstice Publishing
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Why did you decide to write this book?
The idea from the Passages Trilogy Book One; Touch Me From Afar came from an ever growing thought pattern about the what if’s. Like, what if there are multiple dimensions around us? What if I could change my life by moving into a different one? What if I could not return from that dimension? As I explored more articles, programs and books on the subject I became fascinated and thought about this trilogy.
What genre is your book?
Romantic Suspense/Time Travel
Do you consider your book character-driven or plot-driven?
Both. My characters are involved in the main plot and sub-plots and weave between quite a lot of ‘stuff’ as time goes on.
What makes your book unique?
Me. I don’t mean that to sound ego driven because it’s not. I am much like Samantha Arnesen. Not clear on my past, what needs to be done today, and what the heck will happen to me tomorrow. Sam’s story, though, is definitely more interesting than mine!
Do you plot ahead of time, or let the plot emerge as you write?
I plot ahead of time and then allow my mind to wander as I start writing. Asking myself along the way things like what else can go wrong? Right? Different?
How do you develop the names for your characters?
I travel all over the place and love to use names that reflect the era and area. That’s normally how I start the process of naming my characters.
How do you decide on the setting?
Yeah, that’s a cool process for me. I do tend to write in areas like England, Scotland, Norway, Italy. Many of the places I have traveled to. While I am there I envelop locals and their customs, often using names I’ve heard along the way.
Do you have a writing mentor?
I do not. But, I have to say I am completely enthralled with the writing styles of Agatha Christie and Jane Austin. I’m not either, but parts of their styles are definitely a part of my writing. Like mystery meets manners.
What’s your writing schedule?
I love to write! So, I make time every single day even though I have a different full-time job. Writing is my pleasure. My release. It’s in my blood.
Do you have a favorite place to write?
Any quiet nook or cranny in or outside of my house will do. I love the way my house feels and looks. It’s cozy. A quaint salt-box style and the colors inside are soft and warm. Inviting. I have many items and articles that I’ve collected from some pretty cool places on planet Earth. So here is my writing haven.
Where can readers find you?
Visit my website at: sandrawaine.com where you can review my latest releases, read my blog, upcoming events list, and also engage all my social media like Facebook and Twitter
Also on my publisher’s site, Solstice Publishing: http://solsticepublishing.com/sandra-waine/