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Q&A with Sarah Morgan

Sleigh Bells in the Snow CoverWe had the opportunity for a short chat with USA Today Bestselling author Sarah Morgan about her new release, Sleigh Bells in the Snow!  Find out about one of the men from the O’Neil family *swoon* and Sarah below.

What makes Jackson O’Neil such a compelling character?

Jackson has so many hero qualities. He’s a natural leader – he built a successful business of his own, but he walks away from that to come home and help his family because they’re in trouble. And they’re not always easy to help because his grandfather, Walter, is used to doing things a certain way and Jackson has to find ways of doing what needs to be done while still maintaining that family relationship and thinking of the needs of those he loves.  He has a really tough job balancing it all. He can see that the business is at risk but at the same time his grandfather is afraid to make changes. One of the things I particularly love about Jackson is that he’s not afraid of his emotions. He’s self-assured and confident and has no trouble expressing his feelings not just with Kayla, but also with his grandfather. He manages to be tough and considerate and he’s so good at handling people, especially when there are difficult decisions to be made. And he’s physically strong and sexy of course! Part of his appeal for Kayla is that he offers all the things that are missing in her life – stability, strength, warmth, compassion, loyalty to his family all wrapped up in a very sexy package. And he has amazing blue eyes. That’s hard to resist!

What are your holiday traditions?

We have a few, but one of my favorites is choosing the tree. Early in December, (but not too early or we are singing carols around a pile of dead pine needles by the 25th) we all wrap up in our warmest layers and go to the forest near our home where there is always a magical atmosphere. It’s usually freezing cold and we’re stamping our feet to keep warm but the foresters light fires and roast chestnuts and the whole thing becomes a seasonal party. As for the tree itself, my sons and I choose the biggest one we can lift until my husband patiently points out that in order to fit it in the living room we would need to move house. So then we pick a smaller one (but only slightly smaller!) and drag it to the car where I sit for a few moments just breathing in the smell of forest, the tree and Christmas. Once home we haul the boxes of decorations down from our attic (I let my husband or one of the boys do that bit because if there is one thing I don’t want decorating the tree it’s spiders’ webs). We have a really odd assortment of decorations, but all of them have meaning. They’re like an album of our life, snapshots of our journey as a family and they include handmade decorations the children made at school when they were very young – slightly wonky stars made from silver foil and an angel with a surprisingly fierce expression.

Is writing your full time job? If so, what is your daily routine?

Yes, writing is my full time job now and I’m so lucky that’s the case because making up stories for a living is so much fun. But a writer’s life isn’t particularly glamorous (apart from the rare occasions when we dress up for award ceremonies!). Mostly it means working on your own all day, staring at a computer screen. I’m an extrovert, I love the company of people, so being alone for long periods of time is hard for me. I have to break up the solitary parts of the job with some social time. If I don’t do that I’m so starved of human company that by the time my husband comes home in the evening I fall on him and talk non-stop until his ears are ringing. I try and get a decent amount of words written in the morning, then break for lunch and sometimes I’ll go out and take some exercise, before working again until my youngest son is home from school.  During the day I’ll occasionally chat to writer friends, sometimes by email, Twitter, or on the phone. Once a week I meet up with friends who aren’t writers – they force me to talk about real people instead of fictional ones. Every day I spend time answering reader email, and talking to readers on Facebook and Twitter. I love that part of the job. Over the years I’ve had lots of readers writing to me, some of them regularly, and I enjoy hearing from them. Responding is a really important part of my day. There is nothing more special to a writer than a reader taking the time out of a busy day to write and say how much they loved your book, or how it helped them through a hard time in their life. I really love chatting with readers and I’ve been lucky to have a loyal following who have moved with me from Medical romance to Harlequin Presents. I’m hoping they’ll also follow me to mainstream romance and enjoy this new direction!

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About the Author:

Sarah Morgan HeadshotUSA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humor and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 11 million copies of her books. She has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot. As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream. Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

Sarah’s website: http://sarahmorgan.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahMorgan_
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