As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Historical Romance author
Sara Bennett to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
My perfect date would be a picnic on the beach with a warm breeze and chilled champagne. Definitely no dressing up and no crowds.
2. Which of your books are you most proud of?
There are so many I couldn’t possibly choose. It would be like choosing between my children, lol.
3. What is the hardest thing about being a romance author?
I think doing it alone. Because no matter how many social media friends you have cheering you on, they can’t help you when it comes to sitting down at your keyboard and writing the book.
4. What is the best thing about being a romance author?
Seeing the characters and stories of your imagination in print. Seeing other people enjoying your stories.
5. Who (aside from a significant other) do you swoon over?
I’m not much of a swooner but I must admit to a bit of a heart flutter when I watched Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook.
7. Describe your writing style in three words.
Clear. Concise. Strong.
8. What is your definition of a good book?
One that grips you, squeezes your heart, and leaves you wanting more.
9. Which author would you invite to a dinner party and why?
Sandy Curtis. She’s an accomplished writer, and I’m always slightly shocked that someone so sweet can write such villainous villains, and she does wickedly funny impersonations.
10. Finish this sentence: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do_____
…anything involving dentists.
Looking back, Sara always seemed to be writing something, but the first time she thought she might make a career as a writer was when she won the local short story contest. Suddenly Sara’s name was in the newspaper and people had heard of her, and she was actually paid! After the contest win she began to wonder if, maybe, one day she would be able to write and not have to work to support her habit! As well as writing for Avon in the USA, over the years Sara has written for Mills & Boon/Harlequin as Deborah Miles. She currently juggles her writing with sharing an old house and big garden with her husband, as well as far too many animals.