I am so excited to welcome Sarina Bowen for a writer spotlight this week! Some weeks I just can’t help but fangirl over an author feature and this week is definitely one of them.
From The Ivy Years to Gravity to Him and Us, Sarina has a little something for every contemporary romance fan. Her library expands even further in the coming months with the release of books in her new series, True North and The Brooklyn Bruisers.
Thank you so much for joining City and Book for this spotlight!
First off, congratulations on the release of Bittersweet (book one of the True North series). I was a lucky ARC reader and fell in love with Griff and Audrey. I never imaged farming could be so sexy but Griff pulls it off!
Many readers are used to seeing athletes, especially hockey players, as your character leads. What drove you to switch gears on this series and feature a farmer as a male lead?
I’m surrounded by young, interesting farmers! These are not your father’s farmers. They are hipsters with a hoe. They want to reinvent food and farming culture. Their “office” is a sunny hillside and fair trade coffee is their drug of choice.
For new fans, one of the aspects about your work that I love is how quickly you typically release a series. You don’t leave fans hanging for long with no anticipated release date and you generally release books within a few months of each other. Is this a reflection of your creative process? Do you like to have much of a series done when the first book releases versus writing and releasing one at a time?
I do write ahead when I can. Strangely, I wrote much of Zach’s book two years ago and then realized it wasn’t a first-in-a-series book. So I wrote Jude’s and then realized THAT wasn’t a first-in-a-series book. So then I wrote BITTERSWEET to be precisely the first-in-a-series story that I needed. And I’m so happy I did!
You pull a lot of inspiration from your home in Vermont. Vermont is the staple backdrop in Bittersweet and featured in the Gravity series. We also see a lot of your books in the region, featuring Connecticut in Ivy Years and New York in the upcoming Brooklyn Bruisers.
In addition to your amazing location, where do you find the inspiration for your characters and their stories?
Oh, everywhere! I worked on Wall Street trading floors for a decade, so that hasn’t come out in my stories yet. I also have a thing for music and musicians so that will be a theme for 2017. 😉
With two amazing series on their way this Summer and Fall to your amazing library, what would you like to personally tell readers who are contemplating starting either True North or Brooklyn Bruisers (or both!)?
Read both! Duh. 🙂
Before you go, would you mind joining in for a bit of non writing related fun with the fast five questions?
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Key Lime pie!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
What’s your favorite holiday?
If you could pick any song to be your personal theme song, what would it be?
Live Like a Warrior by Matisyahu
You can meet any celebrity for a cup of coffee, who would you pick?
John Urschel, the mathematician who is also an NFL guard
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