Sarah Morgan knew she wanted to be a writer when she was eight years old. She trained as a nurse in a busy Emergency Department, but when George Clooney didn’t show up, she decided to do something different. She wrote medical romances until her heroes became more alpha and her plots more emotional and intense. Sarah now writes sensual, emotional, and gripping stories for Harlequin Presents. When Sarah isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Tell us a little more about yourself and how you began your writing career.
SM - I had ambitions to be a writer from a very young age. I scribbled away at all sorts of different stories, but never finished anything. All that changed when my first child was born. Suddenly I was devoting more time to my writing and that’s when I completed my first book. That one was rejected but I wrote another and eventually sold on my third attempt and heard the news a few weeks before Christmas.
Who in your life has been the most influential in your journey toward being an author?
SM - My husband. He gave me unstinting support right from the start and always believed in me.
What is it like living in a household predominately of males?
SM - Interesting! And useful, because I’m given plenty of insight into the male psyche which is helpful when I’m developing male characters.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
SM - Writing is a solitary job and I’m a sociable person, so when I’m not working I like to spend time with people. I love getting together with family and friends, enjoy cooking, eating, going to the movies, riding my mountain bike, and reading. When I’ve satisfied my need for company, I love escaping into a good book.
When writing, do you have a particular routine you like to follow?
SM - I write while the children are at school and often I’ll return to the manuscript once the house is quiet and everyone has gone to bed. Working late used to be a necessity in order to meet deadlines, but now I find I enjoy it. I might write for part of the weekend, but generally that is family time.
Is there anything you find challenging in your writing?
SM - I find it hard when a story doesn’t always go as smoothly as I want it too. I love it when my fingers are flying over the keys and I can’t tell the story fast enough. I struggle with the days when the words are harder to find.
Can you tell us about your current release, on the shelves this month, The Twelve Nights of Christmas?
SM - The Twelve Nights of Christmas is the first Christmas book I’ve written for Harlequin Presents and I’m very excited about it. Even more excited because I’ve just heard it’s been nominated for a 2010 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award!
In this story, my hero Rio is in the middle of the most important deal in his life. It’s essential that his reputation stays untarnished until Christmas, but life conspires against him and after a reckless moment and one bad decision he risks being plunged into scandal and blowing the whole deal. To rescue the situation he insists that the cause of this disaster, my heroine Evie, pose as his fiancée. Rio hates everything about the festive season, but Evie is a woman who loves everything about Christmas. Before the story ends she’ll have sung Christmas carols, built a snowman and decorated a huge Christmas tree. This book has plenty of sparkle, quite a few secrets and lots of seduction.
Where do you find the inspiration for your compelling stories?
SM - Inspiration is everywhere. It might be something I’ve read, or a conversation I’ve overheard. The inspiration for one of my stories came from watching my youngest son playing with my friend’s little girl when we all went to the park. He was so caring and attentive that I started spinning an idea about a protective hero and a girl in trouble. That story became Destitute Yet Defiant and it’s currently available as a free download at http://www.everyonesreading.com/
Can you give us a hint on your next release due February 2011, Bella and The Merciless Sheikh?
SM - Bella and The Merciless Sheikh (called Bella’s Disgrace in the UK) is the 7th book in the Balfour Legacy series about eight sisters and their various scandals. My heroine is Bella, the bad twin, and I loved writing this story. Bella is certainly the naughtiest heroine I’ve written so far – a real wild child accustomed to using her looks to get her own way. In the hope of forcing her to reflect on her awful behaviour, her father sends her to a retreat in the desert but she escapes, gets lost and soon finds herself in big trouble.....
This story is intense, steamy and lots of fun. I’ll be posting an extract on my website next month.
What are you currently working on?
SM - I’m writing a sizzling, contemporary story for a Harlequin Presents miniseries called 21st Century bosses. It features a modern heroine whose life is turned upside down when a billionaire Greek tycoon takes over her father’s business. At the moment it’s hard to tell who’s the boss! I’m having a great time writing it.
Is there anything else you’d like to add and where can we read more about you.
SM - I update my website monthly with news and details of new releases, extracts and other information www.sarahmorgan.com Readers can also find me on Facebook and Twitter (@SarahMorgan_ don’t forget the underscore because there is another Sarah Morgan).
Be sure to check back next Tuesday when Sarah will kick off our fun Christmas Questionnaire: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"!