Fangtastic Friday – Interview with Sandra Sookoo
Please welcome Sandra Sookoo, mutli-published romance author.
Thanks for having me here! Before we get down to the nitty gritty of the interview, let me first say that I’m excited to share that my next two releases are both geared to the holidays. Exiles from Christmas is a short and will release from Lyrical Press, Inc. on November 16th and Not Just Make Believe, a full length humorous contemporary novel, releases December 1st from Desert Breeze Publishing. Swing on by and pick them up!
ETS – Wonderful news! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m 37, been married to my real life hero for almost 7 years, have no kids but am considering the pros and cons of owning a cat. I call central Indiana home and probably wouldn’t want to live anywhere else (ask me again in the dead of winter LOL) I’ve loved to read and write for as long as I can remember and don’t anticipate that love to dim any time soon.
ETS – What inspired you to write romance novels?
I’d have to say it was the promise of the happily-ever-after. I’m a sucker for happy endings and books where the guy gets the girl/or girl gets the guy. Sure, we all know that’s just the beginning of any story but I love to craft tales of two separate forces of nature coming together and learning how to deal with each other. If they just happen to save the world while doing it, it’s an added bonus for me.
ETS – The Art of Fang Shui releases in January, 2010. What can we expect in this story?
And can I just say right now that I’m extremely excited for this book and all the people who helped make it happen at Eirelander Publishing.
The Art of Fang Shui features formal, literal Edwin, a bounty hunter who’s also a half-vampire. In his hunt for a rogue vampire, he stumbles upon a plot by a demon lord to oust the Immortals from the Eight Realms. Trouble is, he’s also found Hannah, a sort of supernatural Power Enchancer, whose snark and attitude contrast with him. Because of her unique abilities, the demon lord wants to get his hands on her, too. Edwin thinks she’s the answer to an old prophecy so he vows to protect her, little knowing how much trouble she’ll get them both into.
The thing I like about The Art of Fang Shui is that it’s a story of accepting who you are and how you fit into life’s bigger picture. Being accepted by the man/woman of your dreams is just icing on the cake.
While reading, be on the lookout for fairies, a goat-man, a libio-driven forest witch, just to name a few. I guess you can say it’s my world and I’m inviting you to play in it. 😉
ETS – Nsync or Backstreet Boys?
Definitely Nsync! Especially their holiday album. Hmm, now where did I put that?
ETS – What is your writing process like?
I’m a big fan of planning. I like to jot down a general outline for the book and for a specific chapter if it’s gonna get complicated. My daily word count is to reach 2500 words. Sometimes I don’t get there and that’s okay too, as long as I try to write something every day. Make writing a habit, a routine. You can’t succeed if you don’t finish a book and won’t finish a book if you don’t write.
ETS – The title Vegetarian at Midnight really caught my eye. The line – Can a meat eater and a vegetarian thwart the odds to beat the curse – cracked me up. Please tell us a little about this story and how you came up with it.
Actually, the story came about because I left my hunky werewolf hanging at the end of The Art of Fang Shui. I felt sorry for him and decided to write his story in Vegetarian at Midnight. He needed a heroine. So, the only way for him to ditch his curse was to go through her and she happened to be a vegetarian. It’s my sense of humor that really did that. I thought it was super funny for a werewolf and a non-meat eater to get together. To add to the hilarity, he’s allergic to broccoli. Don’t ask. LOL Vegetarian at Midnight is a bit darker than the first book and personally, I think my hero Xavier is to die for—maybe the best one I’ve written. It will release in June 2010, also with Eirelander Publishing.
ETS – Can you tell us what you’re working on now?
Right now, I’m writing a sci-fi book. I’m about 2/3 through at the moment. After that I’ll write the third paranormal novel, the sequel to Vegetarian at Midnight. I can’t wait to get started! Of course, my muse decided to smack me upside the head with an idea for a holiday novella so I’ve got that started as well. Busy—par for the course with me.
ETS – If you could shape-shift into anything, what would it be and why?
As much as I’d love to say something in the feline family, I’m kinda partial to birds. I think being able to morph into a hawk or eagle and fly would be awesome. Probably why I’ve got a book ready to write about just that for sometime in 2010.
ETS – What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
No matter what anyone says to you or jots on your manuscripts from contests or critique groups, don’t give up. You may think you’re a crap writer and can’t win for losing—trust me, we’ve all felt (or still feel) exactly like that. Sure, writing takes talent but it is also a learned craft. Read, write, learn, fall and get back up. Repeat this process for as long as it takes, but I promise, you’ll succeed. It only talks one person to say yes to your work.
ETS – Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us!
Thanks so much for having me!