Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big Warm Welcome to Sarah Grimm

Today I have a lovely visitor - fellow Wild Rose Press author Sarah Grimm. Sarah's just had her book Not Without Risk nominated for the LASR Best Book of 2010! Yey Sarah! I'm very pleased she's popped over to share some of her secrets!

I've given Sarah ten questions - here's five answers. Hop back here tomorrow and see the rest of Sarah's interview...plus there'll be a download giveaway and some rather appealing eye candy!!!

Take it away Sarah!

1. Tell us about your LASR nominated book - Not Without Risk. What inspired it and how would you sum up your hero?

Sergeant Justin Harrison is on top of his game. He is impulsive, insatiable and invincible. At least he’d always believed so—until an addict with a .38 showed him otherwise. Six agonizing months after the slug collapsed his lung, Justin has managed to return to the one thing he excels at – his job as a San Diego homicide detective. He worked hard to get his body back in shape and nothing is going to stand in his way of proving he is fit for active duty. Especially not a long-legged brunette who just stumbled into his crime scene.

Photographer Paige Conroy spent years hiding from her past. Then one late night telephone call brings it crashing back. An old friend is in town and needs to see her. Speaking on the phone isn’t safe. She needs to meet him. Only four hours later, when she arrives at his hotel room, it is to find him dead. Fighting against the painful onslaught of memories, as well as the horror of being the only witness to murder, the last thing Paige needs is to feel attracted to the dark-eyed Sergeant Harrison.

When the villain sets his sights on Paige, she must turn to Justin for help. Together they learn that some things are worth the risk.

I honestly don’t know what inspired me to write NOT WITHOUT RISK. It was a story that just came to me one day. I guess it would be more accurate to say that the hero, Justin, came to me one day. It’s definitely Justin’s story.

How would I sum up Justin?   He’s a wounded alpha hero. Not a believer in happily-ever-after, he doesn’t have relationships with women, he has sex. So his job is all that he has. It defines him. For thirteen years he’s lived it, breathed it, and been happy. Only recently he’s wondered if it’s enough.

I was thrilled when, just a few weeks ago, I learned NOT WITHOUT RISK was nominated for the Long and Short of It’s BEST BOOK of 2010. LASR called the book “…fast paced, nail biting, page turning, edge of your seat suspense…”

The polls are active beginning Monday, February 14 at http://www.longandshortreviews.com/promo.htm and will continue until Sunday, February 27.

2. When and how did you start writing? Do you have a particular process - nightowl or early bird? Plotter or pantster? Do you like to get down a word count every day?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I have notebooks filled with poems, story ideas, and partial chapters from as far back as age five. Yes, thanks to my older sister, I could read and write by age five. And I did. I read everything I could get my hands on, usually re-writing the story in my head as I went. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered something different depending on the day. I couldn’t make up my mind. Then I picked up my first romance novel. Suddenly I had my answer: “I want to get married, have children and write romances.”

When I got married, I set my writing aside. I focused on my husband and building a family. Then my youngest son was born and the struggle to keep him alive began. By the time we were done, my baby had endured stomach surgery, throat surgery, and a tracheotomy with all the special care that entails. As you can imagine, all the hospital time left me desperate for a distraction, so I took pen to paper, yup, longhand, and wrote my first romance. Not just bits and pieces of a book, but the entire hero and heroine’s journey from ‘Chapter One’ to ‘The End’.

I don’t have a process—I’m a pantser who squeezes in writing time between bookkeeping for my husband’s business, and taxiing my kids around. All hours of the day you’ll find me scribbling in a notebook. Most of my writing is still done longhand, because my characters choose the darnedest times to start talking!
3. Tell us your call story - and where were you five years ago with your writing?

My call was actually an email telling me that they wanted to publish my romantic suspense, NOT WITHOUT RISK. It came about five years ago from a publisher called Triskelion. I submitted to them just after they received RWA recognition, and they accepted it. I wasn’t with a big NY publisher, but I didn’t care. I was going to be published.

When Triskelion began having problems, I was one of the authors who saw it coming but was helpless to do anything about it. RISK had just been released, and they’d accepted my second book on proposal. After they folded, I stopped writing for a while. The joy was gone. Thankfully, I’m back to it and having more fun than ever before.

4. Which is your own favourite heroine and why?

Isabeau Montgomery (AFTER MIDNIGHT, which is in edits now): Owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy… She deserves a happy ending and Noah is just the man to share it with her.

5. Fave authors - who inspires you and why?

Some of my favorite authors include Tess Gerritsen, Kay Hooper, & Dianne Emley.  Romantic Suspense and thrillers inspire me the most, even though after the first romantic suspense, my writing tends to be contemporary romance with just a touch of suspense/danger.

Thanks Sarah and sorry to interogate you but it's fun!
More from Sarah tomorrow ...


Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks for the warm welcome, Judy. So excited to be here today!


Rachel Lynne said...

Hi Sarah!
Not Without Risk sounds really, really good and After Midnight does too! Let us know when it is released!

Donna L Bolk said...

Good Morning,

My vote is in, good luck.

Sarah Grimm said...

Donna- Thanks for your vote!

Rachel- I'll be sure and let you know when After Midnight is released. I'm planning on a big blog tour to help launch it. I can't wait!

BEST BOOK of 2010 nominee, LASR

Jennifer Jakes said...

Wow! Not W/O Risk sounds like a great read. I LOVE a tortured hero like Justin:)
Thanks for blogging today! :)

Sarah Grimm said...

Jennifer, thanks for stopping by! Justin is...well, of course I love him. LOL

BEST BOOK of 2010 nominee, LASR

Judy Jarvie said...

Great to have you here, Sarah!

Hi Rachel, Donna and Jennifer - thanks for stopping by.

Justin does indeed sound gorgeous. And Sarah, your Triskelion story rings a lot of bells for me - similar to my own initial epublisher experience. You've gone from strength to strength though. So well done!


Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks, Judy. My only regret is that I let it stop me from writing for a while.

Justin is gorgeous, but then again, we always fall in love with our heroes, don't we? LOL

BEST BOOK of 2010 nominee, LASR

Maeve said...

Great interview! I'm going to have to check back in tomorrow so I can see the rest. :-)

StephB said...

What a great interview with Sarah! I am reading Not Without Risk right now and I LOVE it. Congrats Sarah on your nomination for book the year. It's right up there. I'll be crossing my fingers for you.

Sarah, like you, I lean toward panstering and write longhand. Most of my writing is done at my work. I'm a 911 dispatcher for LAPD during my downtime.

Do you live in the San Diego area where the story is set? What inspired you to use San Diego as the setting?


Sarah Grimm said...


I'd love for you to stop back tomorrow. There'll be a sexy guy here. ;)

BEST BOOK of 2010 nominee, LASR

Sarah Grimm said...


I'm so glad you're enjoying Not Without Risk! A 911 dispatcher, holy cow. Can I email you is I ever have a question?

I went to citizen's police academy here and they gave us the test that you have to pass to be a dispatcher. I passed, but wow, my brain hurt after taking it. Here, it's a recording that lists numbers, colors and letters. We were instructed to write them down in the order of number, color, letter. But, of course, they weren't called out that way. Sometimes you heard three colors before a number and man were they called out fast.

Oh, sorry, you asked where here is, didn't you? LOL I live in Michigan. I wrote about San Diego because it's a place where I've always thought I would like to live. The weather alone is an attraction for me. I HATE snow!

BEST BOOK of 2010 nominee, LASR

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Congratulations on the nomination for Best Book, Sarah!

Sarah Grimm said...

Thanks so much, Stacey!

Best Book 0f 2010 nominee, LASR