Sloan Parker Interview and Giveaway
Today we have the pleasure of introducing one of On Top Down Under Book Reviews favourite authors, Sloan Parker. Sloan was with us for our first birthday and it is lovely to have her back with us for our 2nd. Welcome back, Sloan.
**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. CONGRATULATIONS TO ARDENT EREADER**
Sloan: Thank you for the invite and for the kind words. I’m honored to be here for your celebration. Huge congrats on your anniversary!
Kazza: Thank you 🙂
Kazza: The last book I read of yours was Missed Connections: I Swear To You. It is about second chances and first love. I really enjoyed this book. Outside of More, I found this to be one of your steamiest pieces of writing. I really felt like there was a spice to it. Did you feel that it was more erotic/spicy than your general writing? How do you find writing sex scenes? I know some people excel in this area and others freely admit they struggle.
Sloan: Really glad you enjoyed I SWEAR TO YOU, Kazza. It’s so neat to hear how others see my work. When I was writing that one, it felt like the setup and those characters had more inherent emotional, erotic tension than some of my other work, which made the sex scenes pretty powerful for me to write. It’s nice to know that came through when you were reading it.
I try to let the story itself dictate how spicy the writing should be, but I do enjoy writing the more erotic love stories. For me the sex is actually the easiest part of the first draft to write. Sometimes I skip a sex scene if I don’t have all the emotional stuff lined up just right, but then when I come back to it later, it usually goes much faster than any other kind of scene.
Kazza: You do write a diverse book – from the Sweet Take Me Home to the deeply emotional Breathe and MORE, a sexy and heartfelt ménage. How easy is it for you to be so diverse in your writing? How much is it characters driving you? Or maybe setting, plot?
Sloan: Thanks, Kazza. I think my writing reflects a mix of what I enjoy reading: angsty, emotional stories with sweet, tender moments mixed in. When I’m writing, I try to let the characters and what they are feeling drive the tone of the story. Sometimes that comes out very sweet and tender, and sometimes it’s sexier and more intense.
Most everything I write starts with the characters, but for my novel-length work I also do a lot of plotting before a first draft. I usually go back and forth between the two: the characters drive the plot, and the planning of the plot further develops the characters. I also try to make sure the four main elements of the story are all related and work together: the suspense, the romance, the erotic scenes, and the characters’ growth arc.
Kazza: One of my favourites of yours was How To Save a Life? How are Walter and Kevin going? Will we see any more of them? Any more in this series?
Sloan: They are doing great. Now that Walter’s learned to let go of his issues with their age difference, there’s not much that can get in the way of their happy ending, so I’m not sure I would revisit them in another novel, maybe a short or novella. If all goes as planned, I’m hoping one or both of them will make an appearance in at least one of The Haven books.
Kazza: Since I last spoke to you what things have been happening book wise for you? Are there any new books that we can look forward to in the near future? I have been bursting at the seams for more of Richard – I do love MORE. Please tell me that the sequel will be out sooner rather than later? Can you tell us a little about the sequel here?
Sloan: MORE THAN MOST (MORE #2) is on its way. I finished the manuscript in August, but it still needs to go through edits yet, and unfortunately I don’t have an official release date right now.
I also have a novella that I’ll be wrapping up shortly. I hope to release that as an individual e-book before the end of the year, or possibly early 2015, depending upon when the edits get scheduled. It’s a friends-to-lovers story that’s pretty emotional. There will also be a boxed set that includes this new story and a few of my other short stories and novellas. The boxed set will be available in both print and e-book formats.
I’m also over halfway through the first draft of Matthew’s book (MORE #3). After that, I’ll be working on the second Haven book.
Kazza: I adored Breathe. I am so glad to hear you are revisiting it with a new cover and the epilogue combined. I also love Richard from MORE but I know quite a few readers who are awaiting Matthew’s book. Cindi would be one of those 🙂
Kazza: We all have our favourite books, and some authors speak to us more. What authors and books have had a profound impact on you and have stayed with you over the years?
Sloan: In addition to romance, I love reading suspense and thrillers, so some of my first reads in those genres (books by Sandra Brown, Lisa Gardner, Dean Koontz, and Robin Cook to name a few) really left an impact on me as I started getting serious about my own writing during my college years.
The first M/M romance I read was Ransom by Lee Rowan so that one will always be special for me. I still reread it from time to time.
Kazza: So I’ll ask you one of the usual questions I like to ask pretty much everyone who comes on here. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
Sloan: Oh, there are so many places I want to visit, but Greece has been one of my top picks for a long time. I’d love to set a book there someday, and a visit would definitely help me incorporate the sights and sounds and scents into the story’s setting.
Kazza: I think one of the things I love the most about popping onto your blog is that you always manage to put up videos or clips about love, sweet things that happen to others or animals. They are never about books but something that we can all understand in one way or another. I love to see the positive, but what motivates you to put these clips up?
Sloan: I’m so glad you like the blog. I enjoy sharing the kinds of things that feed my creative well: stories of love and passion and romance and kindness, the positive images I see in the world and in humanity. It’s important for me that my blog (and my other social media posts) be a reflection of me and what I love, what I find interesting, and what inspires me.
Kazza: A big thank you to Sloan Parker for being a part of our 2nd anniversary
Sloan: Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your anniversary. Congrats again on all your success!
Award-winning author Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything—even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and her characters. To contact Sloan, find out about her books that are available for purchase, and read free stories, visit: http://www.sloanparker.com/. If you’d like to be notified of new releases and get exclusive sneak peeks, be sure to sign up to receive Sloan Parker’s newsletter via her website. Goodreads. Amazon.
To help us celebrate our 2nd blog anniversary, Sloan Parker is very generously offering a reader’s choice of e-book from her book backlist – click here to see reviews on On Top Down Under – and an All Romance Ebooks gift card of $10.00. Simply leave a comment below before midnight October 31st, US Eastern Standard Time, to be in the running. (**If you receive a spam message don’t worry, we will see it and add it.)