Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Welcome my online friend and Wild Rose Press writer, Sarah Grimm!

Such a thrill to have one of my favorite online friends with me today. Sarah is friendly and generous with her experiences as well as being a fabulous writer. I have had her latest release downloaded for a few days and can't wait to get to it!

Okay, on with the interview!

1) Who is your favourite author and why?

It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite, however the first author to come to mind is Tess Gerritsen. Her suspense books always pull me in. They don’t let go until I’ve closed the book, at which time I begin marking the days until her next release.

A few more authors on my auto-buy list are: Linda Howard, Karen Slaughter, Sandra Brown & Kay Hooper.

2) When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The moment I held my first book in my hands.

3) Describe your writing space?

My writing space is centrally located in the house, always seems to have a teenager standing in the middle of it, and is commonly known as the kitchen. More specifically, the kitchen table. Sad, I know. But a new bookcase seemed more important than the tiny desk I used to write at. You can never have too many books.

4) What are you reading now?

I’m reading THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER hoping to discover the secret handshake to successful promotion. J

5) How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

I have two published books and one that I’m working on now. Out of the three, my favourite is definitely After Midnight. Every author I’ve ever spoken with has one story they truly believe is THE story of their heart, and After Midnight is mine. Isabeau Montgomery is the owner of Izzy’s Bar, a 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.

6) What comes first, plot or characters?

A lot of writers begin a story idea with plot, into which they insert characters. I’m the opposite. Characters have always come first for me. One day the hero (usually the hero) will stroll into my head, take a seat and begin talking. My job is to scribble down what he says, and then weave that conversation into a tale of happily-ever-after.

7) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Writer’s block for me is when my characters stop talking to me. When that happens, I pull one of the many books off my TBR shelf and lose myself in a world of someone else’s creating. Usually about half way through the book, my characters begin talking again. By the time I finish reading, they’re screaming at me to get back to their story.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I’m a bit of a hermit. I don’t go very many places or do anything that’s exciting. When I’m not writing I can usually be found curled into the corner of my couch with my nose in a book, or kicked back in my recliner watching Netflix with my husband.

9) Tell us about your latest book?

After Midnight is a contemporary romance now available from The Wild Rose Press. It’s a tortured heroine story—yes, heroine. The tale of piano phenom turned bar owner Isabeau Montgomery, and how one night, after midnight, her entire world changed.

Here’s the official blurb:

Thirteen years—that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal--one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

10) What’s next for you?

While writing After Midnight, one of the secondary characters kept telling me he needed his own story, so I’m writing that one now. Midnight Heat is a reunion romance, and although I had no plans to give Dominic his own book, about half-way through writing After Midnight, I fell so in love with his character I had to make sure he got his own happily-ever- after.

I routinely post snippets from all of my books on my blog:


Sarah Grimm is an award winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons and three miniature schnauzers. Between mom's taxi service, parts runs, and answering the phone for the family marine repair business, Sarah can be found curled in her favorite chair, crafting her next novel.

Find Sarah here:




So please to have you visit with me today, Sarah - I wish you lots of luck with sales and your continuing success! Your life sounds so similar to mine except I have two girls and I suspect they are just a few years younger than your boys (12 & 10). Apart from that from the kitchen table to the taxi service, we're pretty much there, lol!

Sarah is waiting to chat...



  1. Rachel,

    Thank you so much for allowing me to visit with you today! Our lives do sound very similar! :-) My sons are 18 and nearly 17, so I deal with them driving and giving me more and more grey hair as they disappear every weekend out with friends.

    Let me know what you think of After Midnight, will you?

  2. Great post, Sarah and Rachel. Sarah it's funny that you mentioned Tess Gerretsen. Her books came up at a recent meeting and I have never read them. Now I really need to.
    LOL about your characters screaming at you. :)

  3. Joya, you definitely need to read Tess. She's wonderful!

  4. Uh...Sarah! I'm not your favorite writer? LOL And I feel your pain. My "office" is in the dining room.
    Rachel, my son is 11. Perfect huh? He also talks in a British accent constantly! He'd fit right in!!

  5. Ames, it goes without saying that you are my favorite writer. But if I always answered it was you, people would talk. LOL
    Your son cracks me up! Give him a hug from me.

  6. You had me at Linda Howard. Her MacKenzie books are not to be missed. After Midnight has always intrigued from the start. I played piano for years and some thought that I would teach but alas, one bad piano teacher when I was a teenager turned me off. I still play a little but not as much as I would like.

    Great interview ladies...