The awesome Sarah Madison is here today with excerpts and a giveaway for her new release - Walk a Mile. But first let's find out a little more about Sarah.
Hi Sarah! Where do you find your inspiration?
Hi Everyone! There’s a lovely bit of dialog from one of the early episodes of Castle, in which Castle and Beckett are waiting in the hallway for someone to open the door, and Castle says something about inspiration, to which Beckett says, “I thought I was your inspiration.”
“Oh, you are, you are,” Castle assures her.
“Well, watch out. Inspiration might strike you sooner than you think.”
That’s kind of the relationship I have with inspiration. Ideas bantering with each other and bouncing off each other in my head until they suddenly erupt into a story. It’s snappy, and witty, and just plain fun. My favourite ideas usually evolve out of some kind of ‘what if?’ question. What if gargoyles came to life every night? What if touching something in a museum gave you extraordinary powers? My problem is not finding inspiration. My problem is finding the time to spin the thousands of stories in my head.
What is for you the perfect book hero?
Lord Peter Wimsey is pretty hard to beat. I read my first LPW story as a pre-teen, and let me tell you, he was a tough act to follow. Wealthy, aristocratic, wickedly clever, always quick to come up with the appropriate quotation, had he not fallen in love with a woman who wouldn’t have him, he might have come across as too, too perfect. But when Harriet Vane steadily refused him all those years, he patiently waited for her bruised heart to heal, and steadily wooed her. When push came to shove, when it came down to letting make her own choices, even if they endangered her life, he let her go. And in doing so, won her completely. The moment when Harriet first sees him clearly as a sexual being, as something distinct from the intelligent dinner companion he’d been all that time, well, let’s just say it remains one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
Hah! This made me laugh! I do tend to be more of a punster than a plotter, though the longer I do this, the more organized I become. Typically I start with an idea. It can be one of the ‘what if?’ questions, or an image I see in my head (The Boys of Summer started out as an image of a WW2 fighter pilot leaning alongside a Spitfire…). The idea percolates in my head for a while, and then usually a title springs out of me from nowhere. This is kind of important, actually, because without a good title, the story is sunk. I have a rough idea where I want to go and what I want to do—and I begin writing. The pattern starts to develop as I go, and as I see underlying themes or ideas I want to expand upon, I start weaving those threads into the overall story. Sometimes I get stuck, and I have to let it sit for a while until the way becomes clear again, but most of the time I bang away at it until I can find the path. Too much outlining is a positive story-killer for me, but as my stories become more complex, I find that more outlining is necessary to keep up with all the threads.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on the next in the Sixth Sense series, the sequel to Walk a Mile, tentatively titled Truth and Consequences. I have plans for sequels to Crying for the Moon, my vampire/werewolf novel, as well as possibly a spin-off for the novella, Raincheck. I’m also planning a series of M/F paranormal romances set in the 1950s, in which my hero and heroine work undercover for a secret government organization investigating supernatural events. My biggest roadblock to writing is having an emotionally and physically taxing day job, which often leaves me with lots of ideas and too little energy to write. The dream is to write full-time, but that’s all it is right now, a dream.
Book Name: Walk A Mile
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23203135-walk-a-mile?ac=1
Author Name: Sarah Madison
Author Bio: Sarah Madison is a veterinarian with a big dog, an even bigger horse, too many cats, and a very patient boyfriend. She is a terrible cook, and concedes that her life would be easier if Purina made People Chow. She writes because it is cheaper than therapy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Six months after starting their hunt for a serial killer who is still at large, FBI agents Jerry Lee Parker and John Flynn are partners in every sense. But Jerry has serious doubts about their relationship and whether they would even be together if not for the way Flynn changed after touching a mysterious artifact in a museum.
Flynn hates the extraordinary power bestowed on him by the artifact and wants nothing more than to have a normal life again. Jerry fears that without the unusual connection they forged, Flynn will no longer want or need him. Chasing after a similar artifact takes them back to Flynn's old stomping grounds in Washington D.C., where his newfound abilities uncover long-buried secrets, the kind people would kill to protect. But they aren't the only ones looking for these powerful relics, and what they discover will threaten their relationship—and their lives.
Jerry returned his attention to the tableau unfolding in the aisle. Flynn was making his way casually toward Jerry; he yawned, taking his time. 15-A hesitated; Jerry could see that he had stepped into the aisle, but was thinking of sitting back down again. Just then, the door to the toilet opened and the toddler came out into the aisle. Picking up on the air of tension, the child immediately started to wail.
15-A snapped like a wire stretched beyond its tensile strength. Whipping off his sunglasses, he reached into the pocket of his hoodie and pulled out a glass vial. Holding it up high over his head for everyone to see, he shouted, “Everybody stay where you are!”
People glanced up and turned around in their seats, startled and immediately alarmed. 15-A looked around sharply, making sure that no one was trying to rush him. Several people had started halfway up out of their seats to see what was going on; Jerry knew they were remembering United Flight 93.
15-a moved his hand in a broad semi-circle so that everyone could see the vial tucked in his palm. “I have Sarin!” he announced. “If anyone moves, I break the vial. Someone make that child shut up!”
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