Welcome to the blog, Sally! Could you tell us a little bit about Obsession?
Thank you for having me here, Rachel! Obsession is a romantic suspense story set in coastal Maine. Joanna Dresden and her husband, Jared, run a family inn. But they are ready for change and are in the process of selling the inn and moving to the West Coast, when tragedy strikes. Jared’s supposed car accident changes Joanna’s life in numerous ways. Especially once she finds out it wasn’t an accident. Jared was murdered by a stalker obsessed with her.
How did you keep the identity of your stalker mysterious to readers?
The stalker’s parts never indicate his name or identifying characteristics until he is revealed later in the book. Instead, I focused on his feelings and intense focus on Joanna.
What is special about romantic suspense?
I like romantic suspense because it has so many elements in it. Action, romance, humor all wrapped up in one book. It has a little bit of everything.
Do you have any favorite authors we should be reading? Who are your influences?
My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and Joseph Finder. Everything influences me, whether it is a conscious, or unconscious, influence. Other writers, like my dear friend, Tom Johnson, also influence me with their encouragement and constructive criticism to make my writing stronger. I also found Stephen King’s On Writing very influential regarding the craft of writing.
What is your best advice on writing?
Write in a way that works for you. Some people like detailed outlines and full character backgrounds before starting the story. I never do outlines and prefer the story to come to me. Seems more natural that way. And I’m a messy writer. I have many notebooks lying around and scraps of paper with ideas on them. I like to handwrite my first draft, too. But these are all preferences of mine. Write in a way that is comfortable, and natural, for you.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Sally!
Thank you! I had a great time answering your questions.
Sally has a B.S. in Psychology and also works in special education. Her favorite activities, other than writing, are reading, watching movies, shopping, and taking walks. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and furry Labradoodle.
Sally Royer-Derr can be found on her website at www.sallyroyer-derr.weebly.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/sallyroyerderr. You can even find her on Facebook!
Obsession is available at Barnes & Noble and Muse It Up Publishing.
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