Today it’s my pleasure to interview Sarah Mäkelä, author of Skin Deep (Feral Ink- Book One), a Paranormal Romance. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter after this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an eCopy of Skin Deep.
Publisher: Etopia Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Connor has no idea why Angelique left him, but he’s determined to win her back. As a werewolf, he has secrets of his own. Now his alpha is ready to force him to pair with an ex-girlfriend he can’t stand unless he can find Angelique and claim her as his mate. But even as their secrets threaten to keep them apart, hidden enemies seek to destroy their chance at love forever.
SARAH: I knew since the heroine’s tattoo is a large part of the story that playing off it would be great. There’s a song I listened to quite a bit while writing Skin Deep that fit what the characters were going through called “Concrete Angel” by Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli that has a line in it “You think you know me, but what you know is just skin deep.” I heard that line as I was trying to figure out the title, and I thought, “Ah ha! That’s got to be the title.”
SKY: If you had to sell your book based on one run of dialogue (start quote to end quote), which would it be?
SARAH: Wow, that’s a tough question. If I had to choose one piece of dialogue, it’d probably be when Angelique is checking Connor out and he says, “That look on your face. You’re almost drooling.”
SKY: Tell us about your book cover and how it relates to your story.
SARAH: My book cover is lovely! Valerie Tibbs did a great job. On the cover, there is a very strong, attractive looking man’s torso (which would be Connor, my hero) and a black panther (Kira, the heroine’s magical tattoo, in her real life form).
SKY: Are you currently working on another story? If so, we’d love some details.
SARAH: I’m currently working on Jungle Burn the fourth book and series finale to the Amazon Chronicles series, which comes out in March. It takes place years after the events of the third book and is about the offspring of the couples in the previous books. The heroine will have to decide between two delicious male werepumas.
SKY: What sources do you use for research?
SARAH: I primarily use Google and the internet to find information when I do research. If I don’t find what I’m looking for, then I’ll check the library.
SKY: What genre/genres do you prefer to write? Are there other genres you’d like to write in the future?
SARAH: I’ve written, and had published, erotic fantasy romance, erotic and mainstream paranormal romance, erotic sci-fi/cyberpunk romance. I’ve written, but not had published, a few urban fantasy novels and a romantic suspense. I’d love to delve a little more into those genres in the future.
SKY: Do you prefer to write short stories, novellas or novels? Why?
SARAH: I love writing novels. You’re able to get to know and adventure with a character on a journey that lasts hundreds of pages. For the past two years, I’ve written mostly novellas and short stories, which are great. They’re quicker reads that can be serialized to give you the same flavor of following a set of characters. They’re also faster and easier for me to write and revise. However, I’m hoping to focus a little more on novels this year.
SKY: Do you write books in series? If so, share a bit about the series you currently have published or are coming soon.
SARAH: Yes, I do write books in series. I currently have four series with in various stages.
The Amazon Chronicles series is erotic paranormal romance. It’s about a tribe of Amazon women who find their mates in a weretiger and a Pride of werepumas. It’ll be wrapping up in March of this year.
Hacked Investigations series is erotic sci-fi/cyberpunk romance. A freelance hacker and a private investigator become the target of a megacorporation that will stop at nothing to see them dead. I’ll be working on the fourth book in that series later this year.
The Super Powered series is erotic superhero romance. It’s about a growing group of superheroes who discover that being a masked hero doesn’t have to mean lonely nights. I’ll be working on the second book soon.
Feral Ink is my newest series that is a depart from my previous writing, while it’s steamy hot, it’s more mainstream than erotic. Right now it’s mostly focused on Angelique and Connor and dealing with their problems, but other heroines have made themselves known to me as well with tattoo gifts. I’ve started writing the next book.
SKY: Thanks so much for joining me today, Sarah!