Thursday, August 12, 2010

Author Interview: Sarah Morgan

One Night...Nine-Month Scandal (Harlequin Presents)Today I'm very excited to be able to share my interview with Harlequin Presents/Medical Romance author Sarah Morgan. You can purchase her new book One Night...Nine-Month Scandal @ Amazon or any other fine bookseller

1. How long have you been writing for Harlequin?

Ten years! I can hardly believe it's been that long.

2. Can you tell us a little about your latest book?

One Night...Nine-Month Scandal is the story of Kelly, a schoolteacher, and Alekos, a billionaire shipping magnate. In trying to rebuild her life after Alekos failed to turn up on their wedding day, Kelly decides to finally dispose of his ring and move on with her life. Being a practical, down to earth sort of girl she sells it on eBay not knowing that it is a family heirloom. It’s an action with far reaching consequences because Alekos is pure alpha male and no woman is going to sell his ring on a public auction site......

I had such a lot of fun with the characters in this story., especially Alekos. Without giving anything away, it’s safe to say his learning curve isn’t just steep, it’s vertical.

Readers wanting a taste of this story can read the first chapter on my >website.

3. Do you have a favorite character from one of your books?

My favourite character is always the one I'm writing at the moment. Some authors can work on several books simultaneously, but I’m not one of those. I have to concentrate on one story at a time. While I'm writing I'm living in the skin of that character. Having said that I did like Kelly, my heroine from One Night...Night-Month Scandal and I have a soft spot for Evie, my heroine from my forthcoming release The Twelve Nights of Christmas. Both would be welcome in my friendship group any time.

4. You did an online read on eHarlequin earlier this year. How was writing
that story different from writing your full lengths?

Telling the story within such a limited word count certainly presented me with an interesting challenge. I'd finish a chapter and then discover that I had to cut several hundred words. There is no room for lengthy description in a short story so every single word has to count. I cut and chopped ruthlessly and learned a great deal in the process.

Ultimately you follow the same principles whether you’re writing full length fiction or a short story – you still need believable characters and a strong conflict, but the constraints of a limited word count mean that you have less opportunity to develop the story. Having said that, I really enjoyed writing Diamonds and Desire. It was also fun to interact with the eHarlequin community once the story was published. They’re a great bunch of people!

5. The internet has really helped people stay connected with family, friends and artists of all kinds. How has it helped to connect you with your fans?

You’re right that the internet has made it a lot easier for fans to interact with their favourite writers. Being an author has become a more interactive experience which is great because writing can be a very isolated profession and it’s always lovely to hear from readers. Whether it's email or via Twitter or Facebook, the internet offers a great way for authors and readers to communicate. It’s also a great way for readers to connect with each other – I know that quite a few of my readers have discovered my books through the recommendation of others.

I can always be reached either by email or on Twitter (@SarahMorgan_) or Facebook (

6. What's coming next for you?
In November my first Christmas story for Harlequin Presents will be released. It’s called The Twelve Nights of Christmas and I’m really excited about this story. Readers will be able to read an extract on my website in September. Then in the New Year my contribution to The Balfour Legacy series is released, Bella and The Merciless Sheikh.

Right now I'm just starting to work on an exciting new project for Harlequin Presents and I have a few other ideas brewing at the back of my mind so I’m always busy!


Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Great interview ladies. As Sarah knows, I'm such a fan and her latest release was incredible!

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