Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m Sara Brookes, and I’ve been writing professionally in various subgenres of romance (urban fantasy, sci-fi/fantasy & contemporary) since 2009. Since then, I’ve had 22 books released through various publishers. My 23rd book, and my first full foray into self publishing (previously I’ve only re-released books I’ve gotten rights back to), will release on June 9, 2015. I love writing strange, unusual, twisted and lost characters and am looking forward to doing just that for years to come!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Get Off Easy, a contemporary BDSM erotic romance, is the first book in the Noble House series and will release on June 9, 2015. In between fulfilling any contract obligations I had, I wanted to write something combining two things I’ve enjoyed sharing with my readers – geek and kink!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I still write a great deal of my work by hand.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The very first romance I read when I was around thirteen years old, was a Sandra Brown contemporary. Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon followed shortly as keepers on my bookshelves. Right alongside Stephen King, Timothy Zahn, Barbara Hambly and Piers Anthony. And odd mix to be sure, but my taste in books is extremely varied.
What are you working on now?
I’m always working on a few things at once. I’m in the process of putting together rough outlines for the second Noble House book, Bang It Out, and the third book in my Sinners & Saints series with Loose Id.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I get asked this one a lot and my answer is always the same: Write another book. Then do it again. And again. The best – and cheapest (free!) – advertising you can do for you, your author brand and your books is release another book.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
This ties into my answer above, but take the time to develop your backlist because it is the thing that is going to generate your income. But don’t just spit out books for the sake of developing a backlist. You have to put out a quality product and continue to do so — you owe it to yourself, and your readers to be at your best with every single book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Stop whining and write. Stop fucking around and write. Stop making excuses and write.” ~~ Nora Roberts
What are you reading now?
Hammered by Kevin Hearne.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have no idea – and that’s a wonderful thing! I’m open to the possibility of so much, so I will just keep steadily working along and see where my path takes me.