The Navy SEAL’S Promise
With only 48 hours back on home soil for Christmas, United States Army Corporal Saskia Cullen is desperate to spend every minute with her young son. So when heavy snowfall closes JFK airport and she misses her connecting flight to Buffalo, she’s devastated. Until Navy SEAL Luke Gray offers to keep her company… and then personally escorts her home.
Luke is back in the US on leave, waiting to hear the details of his next mission, and Saskia proves to be a pleasant distraction. And when he hears that she needs to get home to see her son, he’s prepared to do anything to help the sexy single mom. Trouble is, he hadn’t planned on falling for anyone, let alone a beautiful soldier about to return overseas.
How did you start your writing career?
I started writing seriously when I was about 20yrs old, and little did I know that it would be a long and hard apprenticeship! I sold my first book just over two years ago, and I’ve been head down, backside up ever since!
When I started out, I had no idea how hard it would be sell a book, and I think that self-publishing has allowed so many authors to actively pursue their dreams. I must say that I’m pleased my first few manuscripts are safely hidden away, never to see the light of day again, because I’ve definitely developed my voice and style since then!
Tell us about your current release.
My current release is one of my favorite books, because it’s about a very sexy Navy SEAL, and an equally strong and attractive soldier. She’s used to being around gorgeous men in her role in the military, and used to keeping her distance physically, but Mr Navy SEAL has her all in a fluster from the moment she wakes up on a plane with her head on his shoulder J
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I was mentored for a year by Harlequin Romance author Donna Alward, and that was fantastic. I’m also lucky to have two very close author buddies, Natalie Anderson and Nicola Marsh, and we provide constant support to one another. I don’t know what I’d do without them!!
What was your first sale as an author?
My first published book was Soldier on Her Doorstep, which sold to Harlequin Romance. That story holds a very special place in my heart, and when I wrote it I thought: if this book doesn’t sell, nothing will. It made me laugh and cry writing it, and my editor said it made her laugh and cry reading it, which is why she acquired it!
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I work as a freelance journalist as well as an author, so I have quite a big workload. I try to work on writing books for at least two hours each day, and there’s one day a week that I get to write ALL day when my toddler goes to his grandparents house. We’ve just started doing that, and that day is sacred!
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Getting my butt in the chair. Once I’m there, I can usually write at least a thousand words in a sitting, usually more.
Plotter or Pantser? Why?
I’m a pantser but I’d love to be a plotter! I have to plot a little to get a proposal past my editor, but I prefer to work out my characters and their conflict, then just start writing. If I was a plotter though, it would make my life a lot easier!
What book are you reading now?
We’re about to go on vacation to
for a week, and I have three books ready to take. I never get to read much anymore, so I can’t wait! Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh, Australia Forged by Kylie Griffin, and Zoo by James Patterson. I like to read completely different books to those I write! Alliance
I’m a tv and movie junkie! My favorite tv shows are: Vampire Diaries (we won’t see season 4 until January though L) Grey’s Anatomy, Unforgettable, The Goodwife, Homeland and Gossip Girl.
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
Yes, my 30th! Hopefully we’ll go on a nice little vacation instead of having a party, and I’ll leave my laptop at home…
As a child, Soraya dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Working as a freelance writer and now a professional author too, she writes every day and loves her job. Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.
Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and son on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze. For more information about Soraya, her books and her writing life, visit www.sorayalane.com or follow her on twitter @Soraya_Lane. She would love to hear from you.
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