Thursday, September 29, 2011

Free For All Friday - Meet Author Sarah Grimm!

Please help me welcome Award Winning author, SARAH GRIMM! She's brought her latest release, AFTER MIDNIGHT. And ladies, let me tell you, this novel is racking up the 5 star reviews! I can't wait to read it :)

If you'd like to know more about Sarah and her work, here is her website
Then come on back, grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a visit with Sarah!

Thanks for being here today, Sarah.

What is the most difficult for you to write: Characters, conflict, emotions?

Conflict has always been the most difficult thing for me to write. A lot of writers begin a story idea with the plot, into which they insert characters. I’m the opposite. Characters have always come first for me. One day the hero (it’s usually the hero) will stroll into my head, take a seat and begin talking to me. I’ve always claimed I don’t tell my characters what to do. I just take dictation, so getting them down on the page comes easily for me. However, I’m a romantic. I want my characters to get together, to discover how great love is and live happily-ever-after. So creating conflict, or in essence keeping them apart, is difficult for me.

Do you have critique partners?

I’ve never had critique partners or a writer’s group. I’ve never really had a support system outside of my immediate family. That is, until I met fellow Wild Rose Press authors Amie Louellen and AJ Nuest. Ames and AJ are two fantastic writers and even better friends. They lift me up when I’m down, and make me laugh when I want to cry. And they’re always right there for me when I need something critiqued.

What music are you listening to lately?

I always listen to music. It’s a very large part of who I am. In all honesty I could live without books. After all, the characters would still be in my head. But I couldn’t do without music. My favorite bands are Nickelback, Shinedown, 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, and Theory of Deadman. The list goes on, but they’re who I listen to the most.

Tell us about your real life romance.

I met my husband when I was 16 and he was 20. For both of us, there was an instant ‘something’, but he thought I was still dating the boy I’d just broken up with. For the next five years, whenever I was unattached, he was dating someone or vice versa. We were friends though, friends who would spend hours sitting and talking. When I turned 21, I decided to move to Louisville, Kentucky, but the night before I left town I ran into my husband. Deciding it was then or never, I kissed him goodbye – a kiss he’s never let me forget because how cruel was that, right? Finally kiss him just before telling him I’m moving away? LOL Anyway, while living in Kentucky I dreamed we were married. Believe it or not, that was the only incentive I needed to move back home and track him down. After six years of friendship, we began dating. We got engaged about 6 weeks later and married 5 months after that. This summer we celebrated 19 years of marriage and he’s still my best friend.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Absolutely. What die hard romantic doesn’t?

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

I have a sweatshirt my mother gifted me that reads ‘Careful or you’ll end up in my novel’. It’s funny, and starts a lot of conversations with strangers, but the chances of people actually ending up in my next book are slim to none. I may use character traits of people I know or quirks of people I meet, but that’s as far as it goes.

If you could switch places with one of your characters would you?

No way. Well, maybe for an evening with sexy rock singer Noah Clark… Scratch that. No, I wouldn’t trade places with Isabeau even for him. I’m cruel to my characters. Downright mean to them. The things I put them through before they get their happily-ever-after—the heartache and loss, the physical suffering—I wouldn’t switch places with any of them.


“You have the most beautiful eyes,” he said, and shifted just a little closer.

Never had her eyes been called beautiful. Strange? Yes. Beautiful? Never.

“They change color depending on what you’re feeling, did you know that?”


“Right now they’re blue—a very pale blue. What does that mean, Isa? Tell me what you’re feeling right now.”

Desire. Need, unlike she’d ever felt before. She’d had no idea how much she’d craved a physical touch, his touch. Her stomach fluttered. Her heart skipped a few beats. She slicked her tongue over her lips, and his hand flexed against her hip.

“I have to know,” he murmured.


“Your taste.”

He slipped his hand from her hip to the small of her back, pulling her against him. Their bodies molded, soft to hard. His thigh slid between hers and desire curled her toes, tightened her nipples into hard, aching points. And still, he didn’t kiss her. Why didn’t he kiss her? Then he did. Finally, he did. He teased her lips with his tongue, and she opened to him, drank in his dark seductive flavor.

She settled her hand against his chest, reveling in the feel of hard muscle and hot male. Good God the man could kiss. His body surrounded her, engulfed her as his mouth continued to seduce. She arched into him, and as his erection pressed against her stomach, she couldn’t hold back a moan.



Thirteen years—that's how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother's life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar...

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal--one that doesn't include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won't be easy, but he can't get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?


  1. Woot! It's my release day! It's finally here!

    Can you tell I'm so excited I can hardly sit still? Good thing I took the day off work because I'm going to par-ty!

    Jennifer, thanks so much for allowing me to share this special day with you.


  2. Great interview, Sarah. This book sounds fantastic. I can't wait to read it!

  3. HAPPY RELEASE DAY SARAH!! I am SOOOO excited for the release of After Midnight and for Noah and Izzy's journey out into the world!! This book is going to do FANTASTIC! Thanks for the mention above, sweetie. You know I loves ya! And sigh...sigh, sigh, sigh about how you are Mark met. I love tht story. Real romance novel stuff.

  4. Thanks, Cherie! I really hope you enjoy Isabeau and Noah's story.

  5. AJ-

    You and Ames are the best thing since sliced bread. (haven't you always wanted someone to say that about you? lol)I don't know where I'd be without you guys, but I know I wouldn't get to laugh near as much. Love you both!

  6. Jennifer-

    Every time I scroll down to find the link to post a comment, I become distracted by that amazing nekid butt in the post below mine.

    Thank you for that! *grin*

  7. Great interview. Love the way you and your husband got together. Good thing you paid attention to that dream! I love the bands you listed too. This book sounds great.

  8. We have the same taste in music? I love that! Thanks for visiting, Lilly. I've always been one who follows her 'gut' instinct and after that dream, my gut was yelling at me to head back home to Michigan.

  9. HaPpY ReLeAsE DaY, SaRaH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can''t wait to read Noah and Isa'a story!!!!! Hot rock stars? sigh... And tortured one? Even better! Congrats darlin'!!!!!!!

    What a sweet romance story of you and Mark. I met Mitch on a Sunday after the 4th of July and we married, 28 years/3 daughters/4 g-daughters ago, on Sept 6th- less than two months later.

    *AJ is pretty amazing, ain't she?*

  10. Calisa!

    Yeah, AJ is amazing, but don't tell her I said that. Oh, wait, she already knows I said that. LOL

    28 years/3 daughters and 4 granddaughters, huh? Dang! When you find the right one, you just know, don't you?

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your day with us here!
    And you're welcome for the leftover candy;) LOL

  12. Did someone say candy? Great, now I have to go look at the candy again. :-)

  13. Wonderful interview. Congratulations on your new release.

  14. wlynnchantale -

    Thank you so much! And thanks for joining my Twitter Party. It sure was a lot of fun!

  15. Sarah,
    Congrats on your release, Sweetie. I just started reading it and can't wait to get more into Izzy and Noah's story!

    How romantic is your story - the final kiss goodbye and then dreaming of marrying of him. Sigh... melting over here....