I am happy to introduce to you another author from The Wild Rose Press, and one from my line...Crimson Rose. She is a talented writer with a great sense of humor. Please help me to welcome Sandra Dailey, the author of Common Enemy.
***Hi Chrys! Thanks for inviting me to your blog. It’s nice to get out of the cave and see sunlight now and then.
I'm glad you could be here. Tell us about your current release.
I’d love to. This is the blurb for COMMON ENEMY:
Jordan Holbrook is the single mother of a five-year-old daughter. She’s just inherited her Grandmother’s house in South Florida where she’s hiding from an abusive ex-husband who’s been released from prison early. A new man in her life isn't part of her plans.
Connor McCrae is a handyman who lives out of his van. He walked away from a privileged life and loving family after being badly scarred in a vicious attack. He doesn't believe a woman’s love is in the cards for him.
What brings them together is a rundown house, a mutual attraction, and a Common Enemy.
Bobby Ray Butler is cutting a path of murder and mayhem through south Florida in his quest for vengeance. His sights are set on his ex-wife and anyone who gets in his way.
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: February 22nd, 2014
Also available in print!
1. I love how the man's face on the cover blends into the background. Is this book part of a series?
I wouldn’t call it a series, but I am working on a sequel called CLOSE ENEMY. The heroes of each book are twin brothers.
2. How did you pick the title for your book?
When Connor and Jordan first meet, they’re complete opposites in every way except the enemy they have in common.
3. Why did you choose the setting for COMMON ENEMY?
I’ve lived in various parts of Florida most of my life. The most dangerous place I know is in the Everglades. I could tell you stories that would curl your hair about things that have happened there. People living in the surrounding cities don’t have any idea. I decided Bobby Ray would use that setting during some of the time he stalked his pray. The fictional town of Mayville is based on a small town I lived in on the northern border of the glades.
4. I've lived in Florida most of my life, but I've never been to the Everglades. How did you come up with the names for your hero and heroine?
I have a funny habit of giving all my characters Irish names. I’m also attracted to names beginning with C. I often have to go back and change several names. I believe I got Jordan’s name from a friend of my granddaughter. Bobby Ray uses two names because that’s what serial killers do. Haven’t you noticed?
5. Oh, I have! What would women find irresistible about your hero?
Women are shocked and sometimes put-off by Connor’s scars. Jordan was immediately attracted to his inner beauty; integrity, kindness, generosity, and strong work ethic. If you scratched the Mona Lisa the painting would be ruined but she’d still be Mona.
6. What are a few things we would find in or on your desk?
The usual; a full coffee mug, notebook, pens, tissues, lotion, incense, and a set of women’s western spurs.
7. Is there a teacher (or teachers) you would like to personally thank for his/her influence?
Yes there is, Mrs. English with the big black hair and thick glasses. She said I was a no-good menace to society who would never do anything with my life and would probably die young from a drug overdose.
“Here I am, Mrs. English, a soon-to-be great-grandmother who still doesn’t do drugs. You gave me the incentive to go for gold no matter what anyone said.”
8. I'm sure glad I didn't have her as a teacher! If you could give your book to anyone in the world to read (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Mrs. English, of course. Do you need to ask why?
9. You're right, Sandra, I don't need to ask why, but I will ask you to share three random facts about yourself.
1. I’m the only writer I know who is dyslexic and doesn’t know how to type.
2. I have a Facebook account and I don’t even like cats.
3. I have three secret boards on Pinterest of sexy, hot guys. I titled them: makeup, recipes and fashion to keep the Pinterest people off my back.
10. You're a riot! Now please share your advice to new writers.
Study, research, and learn everything you can about your craft. Also, keep notes as you go. You never know when a person or place is going to show up in your story again.
A little more about me:
Sandra Dailey lives in North Florida with her husband and house plants. She has four children, ten grandchildren with two more on the way, and a goldfish named Clementine. She has a passion for needle crafts, reading and writing. Her addictions are chocolate, coffee, and football. She loves to hear from fellow readers and writers. Her first two books, The Chief’s Proposal and Twice the Trouble are contemporary romances and also available in eBook and print. She is currently hard at work on Close Enemy and a couple other surprises.
Thank you for letting me interview you, Sandra. You thoroughly entertained me!
Please, leave Sandra comments and love. :)