June 16, 2014

Exclusive Authors Interview ~ Sarah O'Rourke

Authors Interview

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Hard as Stone tells the story of how Harmony McKinnon had to let go of her past and learn to trust another man again....even when that man wasn’t quite honest with her at the beginning.  But if she hadn’t trusted him, she would have lost out on a fantastic love and a man who adored her child as much as she did.  If there is anything to learn from this book, it’s that sometimes we have to look beyond the surface and be willing to jump into the deep water...and trust!  Let go of the past so you can embrace your future!!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?  
Both of us started writing as stress relief!  For Crazy One, writing was a way to cope when her husband was deployed to the Middle East.  For Crazy Two, writing helped overcome work challenges.  We both read to relax and write to alleviate the stress of daily life!!

Do you use a pen name and if  yes how did you pick the name?  
We do indeed use a pen name!  Our name “Sarah O’Rourke” was bandied back and forth over a week or so when we were about to publish our first book!  We threw out dozens of name choices, and ended up with this one!  We both like the name Sarah (it is a family name for both of us), and O’Rourke has a solid feel to it!

Hardest scene you have ever written? 
We’d have to say that would be the flash-back to a sexual assault one of the characters experienced.  It required some rather unpleasant research since neither of us has ever experienced this.  We could only sympathize – we couldn’t empathize since we had never been there.  We didn’t want to do a disservice to anyone who had ever endured it, and we analyzed ever single word to make sure it was not making light of the situation.  (And for every difficult scene like this, we usually have to then go write a lighter scene in order to let go of the darkness.)

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? 
Thank you so much for asking such a sweet question!  We adore our readers, and would be most appreciative if they could buy, buy, BUY! and share, share, SHARE! about our work!  Word of mouth is a fantastic thing for indie authors like us who are trying to gain a market, and we appreciate every single reader who buys our books and shares with their friends about them in person, on Facebook/Twitter...or however!! AND....reviews are the best present an author can ever get!  We value every single review we get...even the negative ones!  We try to find something useful in every review!

Author:  Sarah O’Rourke

I want to Thank both Authors for taking the time to give me this interview. I have enjoyed reading both books. The two of you do an incredible job creating these wonderful characters that have touch my heart. You two are better than batman and Robin. LOL
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