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About Sara Jay
Sara Jay’s world is filled with fantasy creatures, mythology, supernatural romance and saucy tales. If it’s smoking hot, and has fur, fangs or wings, it’s Sara’s thing. She enjoys reading and crafting stories that will keep you reading for steamy, sexy and fascinating reasons! Sara hails from the Midwest where she lives with her rugged husband, young daughter and a house full of shapeshifting cats.
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An Interview with Sara Jay
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Sara, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is The Boon Collector and is part of the Soul Debt series at Changeling Press. What can you tell us about the series and how you came to be part of it?
SJ: Thank you! Soul Debt was born out of a Changeling Press flash fiction challenge. Each week, readers and writers are encouraged to create a flash fiction around a theme. Each piece must be 150 words or less. These challenges are at the Changeling blog and Yahoo! loop, and I really recommend them because they're so much fun. We had a theme where a demon came collecting a debt at your door, and it served as the launchpad for so many great stories that it pretty much begged to have a series! So lots of the authors who participated--Megan Slayer, Ayla Ruse, Mychael Black, Sarah Barimen and me--created lengthier versions of their flash fiction pieces to submit.
HH: How does The Boon Collector fit in?
SJ: Like the other books in the Soul Deb series, The Boon Collector is about a demon collecting a debt from a mortal. In this case, demon Bane is sent to collect a debt from timid Tisha Sanderson, even though the debt isn't hers. It's her horrible ex-boyfriend's.
HH: What do you like best about Tisha and why will readers be cheering for her?
SJ: Tisha, to me, represents so many women who lose themselves along the way. They work, get married, have children, whatever and wake up one morning wondering where their duende, their spirit went. Tisha starts out like that but you grow to love her, to root for her as she regains that spirit as she tries to escape from Hell and remember just who she is.
HH: What do you like best about Bane and why will readers love him?
SJ: Bane is sexy as hell, no doubt, but he knows everything about Tisha--much more than a demon should know, which is a big clue as to how the book ends. I love that he doesn't buy Tisha's meekness. He knows she is a strong, capable woman beneath it all and he helps her remember that, among other things. I think the best relationships are when the people involved are their best when they are with each other, and they make each other better all of the time. That makes for great romance, but when it's with a demon, it gets taken to a whole new level!
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story for this series?
SJ: Writing about Tisha's growth and development as she takes on different challenges in Hell was both very exciting and challenging for me. It helped me grow as a writer, and I hope to use what I learned from Tisha in my future books, too.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
SJ: Right now I'm working on a love story thousands of years in the making between a tragic gargoyle and faery. I am addicted to tragedy, but don't worry--this will end happily! After that, I have two Halloween-themed books to finish, and then another very special-to-me project, an erotic crime drama about a dark nymph detective and her unexpected love interest.
HH: What do you enjoy most about being an author?
SJ: When people tell me that they loved what I wrote, that I transported them from a boring day to an adventure they want to revisit again, it's pretty much the biggest natural high you can ever receive. When my friends text me as they read my stories, I admit that I save them! It's like mini fan letters. Of course, I also write for myself, and I love it when I give myself goosebumps, or make myself cry while I write. It's a very powerful yet humbling feeling unlike anything else in the world.
HH: How has your writing career changed since you started out?
SJ: I write full-time for a living as a freelance blogger, ghostwriter and general writer, and that's been going on for about six years. My author experience is still under a year old so I still have much to learn! I am getting more confident working with my amazing editor, and that's a big welcome change.
HH: What do you think has been the most positive change?
SJ: My confidence level is growing. I wish I had been confident enough to submit some of my fiction to a publisher before, but I was so afraid of rejection. I'd like to encourage any writers out there to just jump in and take that chance because it could launch your dream. Why not start the rest of your life today? You've only got one, so do what you love!
HH: Where can readers find you online?
SJ: Visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sarajayschmidt
Stop by blog for freebies, news and other info at http://sarajayserotica.wordpress.com
Follow my Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/SaraJaysErotica
Find my books at Changeling Press at https://www.changelingpress.com/author.php?uid=174
Thanks for having me!
HH: Thank you!top
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