I want to welcome Martha O’Sullivan First I’d love you to introduce yourself.
Thanks for having me, Barbara. I write sexy, contemporary romance with traditional couples and Happily Ever After endings. My Chances trilogy was published in September, October and November 2013 by Red Sage Publishing.
Tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is the conclusion of my Chances trilogy, Last Chance.
When I started writing Second Chance, a
trilogy was the farthest thing from my mind. Moira and Paul's story was
originally part of that first novel. But as Lindsay and Brian's
adventure evolved, I realized there wasn't room in the book to do Moira and
Paul justice. And since Delaney and Mike's Chance Encounter was dancing
relentlessly in my head, I put Moira and Paul on hold. Now it’s their turn for
Happily Ever After. What better way to conclude the Chances trilogy than
to come full circle.
Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.
1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?
Larry Hagman from Dallas. He was frighteningly brilliant, cunningly manipulative. And that wicked smile...But there was something endearing about him. You hated to love him, but you did.
2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?
Moira Brody, the heroine in Last Chance. Moira is strong and independent, yet vulnerable on the inside. She is loyal to a fault and her tough love forces others, and subsequently, herself out of their comfort zone. There’s probably more me in her than any of my other characters.
3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?
I write contemporary romance novels with traditional couples and happy endings because that’s what I’ve always enjoyed reading. The stories are about finding true love, not just lust, even in the wake of unexpected and seemingly insurmountable circumstances. And trusting in that love enough to take the leaps of faith that lead to happily ever after.
4.)What are you working on now?
I’m writing a sweet and steamy Christmas novel set in Costa Careyes, Mexico.
5.) What got you to start writing?
I’m a lifetime reader. I always found myself drawn to the wire rack of slightly musty and lovingly tattered paperback romance novels at the public library. The books took me to places all over the world where effortlessly beautiful, wonderfully flawed heroines were swept off their feet by dynamic, irresistible heroes. And if I found the ending disappointing or abrupt, I would simply continue the story in my head. But why it all starting clicking on that April night in 2008 beats me!
6.) Where do you get your ideas from?
I love watching people and trying to figure out their story. Everybody has one. And sometimes characters start dancing around in my head and won’t stop until I let them out!
7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?
I revised Second Chance, the Chances trilogy opener, at least a hundred times before I sold it. Every time I was rejected by a publisher or discounted in a contest, I’d go back and rewrite based on the comments. As disheartening as that was, it made me a better writer in the end.
8.) Do you have any special talents?
Not particularly. I’m not musically inclined or athletic. My greatest strength is probably my ability to get along with all types of people. And I love words.
9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?
Never give up on yourself. At RWA Nationals in 2010, Nora Roberts recounted going to book signings on Saturday mornings where no one showed up. She remembered sitting there with a stack of books, as the bookseller silently pitied her, wishing away the day. But she never gave up on herself.
10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?
Jesus Christ. I’d ask him what I could do to live more in his likeness and why forgiveness and faithfulness are so hard to come by.
11.) What song would you say describes your life?
The Time of My Life by Green Day.
12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?
My Cairn Terrier Butterscotch. No dog was more loved and spoiled. And she sleeps half the day!
She glided her fingertips over each diamond. “They’re beautiful.”