Wednesday, 5 September 2007

The Wednesday Interview

It’s Wednesday once more and I get to speak to brilliant author Sandra Cox about her latest book Boji Stones to be released on September 13. Next week Rena Marks graces us with Born Again.

Boji Stones – the Excerpt

His trembling fingers rested on the keyboard as he leaned toward the monitor, an uncontrollable twitch running through his misshapen body as he devoured the article with the greedy need of a child offered chocolate.
Legend has it that out of all the mortals on earth five women found favor with the gods—
Sophia whose face was pitted and ravaged by pox,
Zoe a young queen whose village was razed and plundered and she herself taken as slave,
Pelagia who had the body of a woman and the mind of a child,
Olympia a poor widow with children to feed,
Helen, who’d lost four children to the plague and begged the gods to spare her remaining child.
Moved, the gods created five special amulets.
To Sophia they gave an amulet forged with beauty and creativity.
To Zoe an amulet forged with power.
To Pelagia an amulet forged with knowledge.
To Olympia an amulet forged with wealth.
And for Helen they forged a copper amulet with a beautiful amethyst at its center. Two plain stones the size of small coins flanked the amethyst. The female stone smooth, the male stone’s texture rough. Then they fused the amulet with healing.
Or so legend has it…

The Interview

1. How hard is it to write romance and make it convincing?

I think it all depends on how caught up you are in the moment. If you are having a 'mechanical writing day' there’s no point in even trying to write romance because it's going to show in your writing. But if you are caught up in the moment, feeling everything your characters are, it’s no problem at all.

2. Do you rely on physical attraction to build the romance or are personal dynamics more important?

I don't think you can have one without the other. You can have physical attraction and not have a romance. Or you can have personal dynamics and not have a romance. But when you meld the two you’ve got a love affair.

3. Do you think romance just happens or do you make your characters work for it?

My characters always have to work for it. They always have roadblocks standing in their way.

4. What is it about your hero that makes him irresistible to women?

My heroes are all different. In the Boji Stones, Jack Wolfe is a gentle scholar with a hard body that belies his quiet demeanor. He’s soft spoken, sexy as sin, and knows how to fight when his back is to the wall. Plus, he loves his horse.

5. Do you think readers want to escape or do they want to identify with a character?

For the most part I believe readers read for escapism. But I also believe that when they read, they see a piece of themselves in the heroine that is hidden away just waiting to come out, a woman bold and beautiful who can bring men to their knees or save the world.

6. What do you think is the most important thing to remember when writing romance?

That writing romance is about emotion and believable characters: a hero that we as readers can fall in love with and a heroine that we can strongly identify with.

7. What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the third book in the amulet series. It’s a book about a modern woman with an ancient secret. The first in the series, Boji Stones, will be released September 13th.
carry around inside that play on our fears and insecurities.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Amarinda.

**Amarinda - Always a pleasure to talk to you Sandra

**Click on the cover and buy the book!**

Last weeks brilliant author – Rita Sable and Family Jewels

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Kelly Kirch said...

I love the idea of the legend. The five women, their amulets. Love it all. I know I've read and excerpt but for the life of me, I can't remember where...LoveRomancesCafe, maybe. Great stuff.

AJ always well done.

Molly said...

I agree; good interview:) I also agree with her on the 'mechanical writing day'...I've had those, and the scenes I've written during that period are usually the first to be heavily edited.

anny cook said...

Excellent interview, Sandra and Amarinda! Looking forward to reading this one!