Jen: Today we welcome Sarah Castille to Romancing the Book . Sarah, will you share a short bio with us?
Sarah: Recovering lawyer, karate practitioner, and caffeine addict, Sarah Castille worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. Her steamy, contemporary romantic tales feature blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sarah: Legal Heat is about an ambitious lawyer who indulges her sexual fantasies with a man who turns out to be opposing counsel in the most important case of her career.
When I sat down to write Legal Heat, I wanted to write a romance. After all, as a lawyer for many years, I have seen legal romances of all shapes and sizes, from the forbidden to the hidden and everything in between. I have seen relationships develop into marriages and marriages disintegrate through affairs. I have seen careers destroyed and families built. I have seen scandal and I have seen true love. Law may be black and white but it is tinged with red. And although I gave my lawyers smexy times in courtrooms and boardrooms, I knew it needed something else. A hint of intrigue, danger and mystery. A little murder and mayhem. And the perfect framework was an article I had read in the newspaper many years ago about the human trials of a new pharmaceutical that had gone terribly wrong.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Sarah: I start as a panster and then become a plotter. I always have a rough idea of the story in my head, where it starts and where it ends. Then I’ll sit down and write the first three chapters. After that I’ll write an outline which invariably I never follow, but it makes me feel like a serious writer. Then I pants along until I get to the three quarter mark when I suddenly decide it is time to plot and I revisit the whole thing, checking that I have all the main points in the story arc. In short, I’m a bit of both!
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words
Sarah: Smokin’ hot smex
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Sarah: Finding clever and interesting ways to keep my three little ones entertained. My routine consists of snatched moments during the day and very VERY late nights.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Sarah: I have dozens of notepads scattered around the house. If I don’t write the idea down immediately then it gets lost in the ether. When desperate, I will write on napkins, fast food wrappers, coffee cups, receipts, clothing, bananas, and once on DDs arm.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Sarah: Maya Banks, Tiffany Reisz, Lori Foster. Right now, I’m reading: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Jen: What’s next for you?
Sarah: Against the Ropes, a sports romance (MMA fighters!), will be released in September. It is the start of a hot new fighter series I am writing for Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Barely Undercover, the second book in the Legal Heat series will be released by Samhain in December. It follows the romance of Legal Heat secondary characters, homicide cop James and private investigator Lana as they go undercover in a biker gang.