Interview with Sabrina York
Interview with Sabrina York
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July Calendar Girl
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. With over forty-five titles her books range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance.
- When did you start writing?
Oh, holy moly! I’ve been writing as long as I can remember! As a kid, I drew picture books and told stories to my sisters. Then, in 6th grade, I won an essay contest. I know! Pretty cool. They gave me the award in an assembly in front of the whole school. I don’t want to brag, but the prize was (get this!) a $25 savings bond. I know. I was hooked!
- What have you learned about writing since you started?
This is tough to answer, because there have been so many lessons. I think the most important is to check my ego at the door. Since I was an award winning writer since the 6th grade and all, I thought I was hot snot. There is, however, a difference between confidence and hubris. I thought, since I was obviously gifted, I didn’t need to practice or enhance my craft. WRONG! No matter who you are, or how accomplished you are, there is always work to do. It wasn’t until I accepted that and seriously began to work at writing that I saw the results I wanted.
Another critical lesson is this: Not everyone will like your work, and that’s OK. One of the hardest lessons to really learn, but the one that will keep you sane if you embrace it.
- Tell us about your new book or series.
Right now, for the first time in 5 years, I am in between books! I am working on a proposal for a publisher so everything is on the back burner. But here’s some info on my existing series:
Noble Passions: Hot Regency Humor
Follow the decadent exploits of friends and enemies as they find love and passion in the glittering world of the Regency—and its dark underbelly. All books are stand alone titles. 5 titles
Wired Series: Super Sexy Contemporary
When brothers Tristan and Adam started a tech company with their college friend Jack, they made one firm, unbreakable rule: thou shalt not fish in the company pond. What a pity all three men find themselves entangled with women they cannot resist! 3 Titles
Stripped Down Cowboys: Sexy Contemporary
Just south of Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find a little ranch where the hot, toned cowboys are ready and eager to take it all off and make your naughtiest fantasies come true... 6 titles
Tryst Island Series
Fall in Love on Tryst Island. When a group of friends share a vacation house, wild hijinks, unexpected hook-ups and steamy encounters ensue. And true love. Did I mention they all find true love? 6 titles
Untamed Highlanders: Hot Scottish Highlanders
Bold, dominating and irresistible, these alpha Highlanders will not be denied. What they want, they take. What they desire, is theirs. No one and nothing stands in their way…until they meet their match. Their mate. The woman who can devastate them with a smile. Join the adventure as three lovely lasses take up the challenge to tame these hot, hard, wild Scots. Whatever it takes. Passion has never burned so bright… 5 titles
- What is your idea of a perfect writing day?
A perfect writing day to me is a day where I write. That may seem a little obvious, but it’s more complicated than it sounds. There is always something else to do, especially when you self-publish, like I do. Even though I have contracts with multiple New York Publishers, I love the freedom of self-publishing, but it’s like running your own business on top of just creating. Discipline is the key. Too bad I don’t have a lot of it!
- How/where do you get your plot ideas?
I get ideas all the time. More than I can develop into stories, unfortunately! So I keep a series of notebooks with the thoughts I have. It’s fun to go through them when I am stuck!
- What is the most difficult thing about creating and developing characters?
The hardest thing is when I have a book all plotted out (I do that before I begin writing!) and then the characters want to change something. I’m like REALLY? Why didn’t you tell me while I was plotting? But that’s the way they are sometimes. And you gotta go with them, or they will fight you. On the plus side, strong characters make more interesting books, don’t you think?
- What is your favorite thing about being an author?
I absolutely LOVE the fact that there is someone out there reading and enjoying my work. There’s nothing better!
- How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?
I have about forty-five romances ranging from steamy to rather sweet (mostly steamy!). The all have some element of humor in them. I write contemporary, historical and a little fantasy. Believe it or not, I also have a sci-fi space opera under another pen name too!
- Will you be attending any book signings or conventions?
I will be at the Emerald City Passport to Romance in October. Anyone in the Seattle area is welcome to attend. This is not a book fair (there will be nothing for sale) It’s just a party for readers with freebies and giveaways. I am also planning to be at the 2019 Book Lovers Con in New Orleans!
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Please, keep working on your craft! I was rejected hundreds of times—and ready to quit—when I sold my first book. Remember what I said above. Not everyone will like your work but when you find someone who does, it’s magical!
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