Courtesy of GoddessFish Promotions, I’m thrilled to have Sandra Sookoo on the blog today as part of her tour for Ricochet! Sandra was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and be sure to visit all the tour stops and comment, because she’s giving away a gift bag of travel sized Bath and Body Works products in Charmed scent to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US/Canada only please)!!
Please welcome Sandra to the blog!
Sandra, from your bio I understand that writing is your passion and you’re very engaged with how your writing affects your readers! Can you tell us a bit about your writing journey and how you became a published author?
Well, I was laid off from the real estate industry when the economy tanked several years ago. Since finding a job in that sector was slim, my husband suggested I get serious about writing, so I finished off a couple of books in 2007. By 2008, I was ready to start doing something with them. I entered contests, subbed them. I learned a lot that year, but by November of 2008, I accepted by first two contracts on short stories. I never looked back, but it is a ton of hard work and constantly learning the craft. I can’t wait to see what else I can do.
Your brand new book, Ricochet, just came out! Can you tell us a bit about it?
It’s a story about two very different but driven people who enter a space rally. Willa’s the only daughter of a famous fighter pilot while Sinnet’s a bounty hunter who entered the race to chase down a mark. They’re paired off as a team and the sparks really start to fly.
What are some of your favorite sci-fi writers?
I have a number of sci-fi authors who I like. It’d be difficult for me to choose just one, but I can say Gini Koch is pretty stellar.
If someone were reading sci-fi or romance for the first time, what title or titles would you recommend (besides yours of course!)?
Oh, definitely try Jenna McCormack! Her books are great!
What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I sometimes steal my husband’s funny sayings and incorporate them into my books. I also love to eat gummi bears while I write—the ones in the gold wrapper only.
It says in your bio that you love baking. What’s one of your favorite things to make?
Recently, I’ve been really into recreating Indian dishes. Since it’s so expensive to eat out, I learned to make that kind of food at home for much less, and it’s so easy!
I see that you’re a book hoarder (so am I). Do you have to smuggle them in, or is your husband understanding of your addiction?
He’s very understanding and encourages it. Why? Because he’s got a rather large collection of sci-fi/adventures books plus computer tech books that take up a lot of space too.
I also read that you love Disney World! What’s one of your favorite attractions?
Oh my goodness. That’s another hard question! Let’s see. I love Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan. I’m really not a coaster gal so the low key ones are good.
When you’re not baking or having fun at Disney World, how else do you like to spend your free time?
I love making beaded bookmarks, watching the Big Bang Theory and Leverage and going to the zoo. Oh, and throwing plushie Angry Birds at my hubby!
Is there any other news of upcoming projects or events that you’d like to share with us?
At the time that I filled out these interview questions, I don’t have another release coming out after Ricochet for awhile. But never fear, there’s always something going on with me. To keep current on all my blog contests, look me up on social networking sites. I do love to throw parties.
Willa Rayes, only daughter of a legendary Lingorian fighter pilot, can fly any ship in the galaxy. Better than her brothers, in fact. But does that get her any respect? Not as long as she has breasts. Winning the Nebulon Trike will not only force her family to notice her, it’ll be her declaration of independence from men in general.
Then she meets her race partner, Stratton Sinnet. Arrogant and chauvinistic, he ignites her libido like no man ever before. And threatens to send her well-planned strategy straight to hell.
A bounty hunter by trade, Sin enters the Trike for one reason: money. Somewhere among the racers his quarry is hiding, but he’s not worried. He always gets his man, and winning the race will be a nice bonus. It sure would be a hell of a lot easier, though, if he wasn’t saddled with a know-it-all navigator who’s getting on his last nerve—and under his skin.
As the checkpoints go by and the danger escalates, the fight for control, the lead—and satisfaction—approaches supernova heat. Burning away their resistance, and the tough shells that protect their one vulnerability…their hearts.
Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi and paranormal romances in full-length books as well as shorts and novellas. No matter if the heat level is spicy or sweet, she loves to blend genres and often times will add humor.
When not immersed in creating new worlds and interesting characters, Sandra likes to read, bake and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World. It’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. If she’s not writing, she’s keeping things interesting at her Believing is Seeing blog or spending time with her husband, who patiently answers questions she has about men and/or sci-fi-related subjects.
At the moment, he to see how far he could push her, find out what she was made of. “Go for it, kita. I love a good challenge.”
Her eyes narrowed.
Stratton grinned. He’d called her bluff, and she had nothing to back up the words. Even so, a tiny twinge of disappointment caught him off guard. Why did women only want to interact with him on a carnal level? It might be nice to have a heated discussion or argument that had nothing to do with what he could give them physically. “Well, I guess we know which one of us deserves this seat, huh?” He swiveled the chair around to fully face her, and the tip of his nose came dangerously close to her bust line.
“You deserve this.” Before he could react, she stomped down hard on the instep of his right foot. “For now, I’ll let you have your way, but from here on out, you’ll have to fight me for the privilege of pilot. I’ve worked hard, struggled for every achievement I claim, and I refuse to let a louse like you take that away. Do you understand?”
Pain radiated through his foot and shot up his calf. Not for worlds would he show her the juvenile action had hurt. Swallowing down a string of vulgarity, he gave her what he hoped was an insolent grin. “Perfectly. If you don’t get your way, you’ll have a hissy fit. Gotcha. Typical spoiled little rich girl.”
“Bastard.” She spun on her heel, bending slightly to retrieve the handheld device.
“At your service.”
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