Jen: Welcome to day four of our focus on Young Adult and New Adult authors. When I was asking my staff who they wanted us to feature, the very first request I received was S.A. Wolfe. And when S.A. said yes, I asked our reviewer Andrea to do the interview. So, I’m turning the blog over to these awesome ladies.
Andrea: Will you share a short bio with us?
S.A.: S. A. Wolfe lives with her family in New York City. She is a voracious reader of all types of fiction, and she loves connecting with readers.
The Fearsome Series:
You can find S. A. Wolfe at:
Andrea: Please tell us a little about your newest release.
S.A.: Here’s the blurb from Freedom, which released in March 2014.
Dylan Blackard is back in town and certain everyone knows his secrets.
Putting away his notorious reputation as the wild guy with a womanizing past, he’s now on a new path, wanting to be the good guy his brother can stop worrying over. As long as he gives up his old vices—including women—he can keep himself on the straight and narrow and finally live up to everyone’s expectations.
However, obsessing about his lack of self-control is making Dylan one humorless, cranky hermit. That all changes, though, when his brother hires a new employee, the stunning Emma Keller, who will be sharing an office with him and all of his tightly wound nerves.
Emma, a spunky young woman from New Jersey, isn’t about to feel sorry for Dylan and his situation. She is beyond distracting to him, and that is enough to turn his emotional balancing act upside down. Not only is she intelligent, and a smart aleck, she’s also very determined to pull the sexy Dylan Blackard out of his self-imposed isolation.
From the moment he meets her, he feels alive again, but Emma doesn’t come as a gift with a pretty bow; she comes with major baggage—a family embedded in its own tumultuous history.
Will Emma be the tipping point that causes Dylan to regress into his past destructive behaviors…or will he actually pursue her for keeps?
*Due to adult language and sexual content, this New Adult Contemporary Romance is intended for readers over the age of 18.
FREEDOM EXCERPT :
“You’re living with her and you’re trying to keep it platonic?” Dr. Wang pauses his typing and squints at me.
“Am I screwing up?” I ask. “I really like Emma, but I don’t want this to go to crap. I don’t want to do what I did to Jess… I don’t want to get in deep and then find out I’m on another bender.”
Dr. Wang smiles at my term for going manic. “I’ve been seeing you for months and you’re doing well. There’s nothing wrong with being attracted to Emma and dating her, if that’s what you’re suggesting, although living and working together so soon may be a challenge. However, if it’s comfortable for both of you, it doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong. Although, you seemed to have rushed right in to living with her, the circumstances are unique. Dylan, no one—not even your brother—expects you to never have a relationship with a woman again. This choice of celibacy was yours. Did you plan on living like that forever?”
“I’m not sure. I suppose I thought I could pull it off and keep it together.”
“Do you really think it’s realistic?” Dr. Wang leans back in his chair and looks at me. “You’re young, you’re healthy, and for the most part, you’ve got your depression under control. You sound indecisive about it. Tell me about that.”
“I’m indecisive about what to do with her. I don’t know what I’m allowed to do.” I get nervous just talking about Emma and my hands start fidgeting on the armrests.
“Allowed? You keep referring to these rules you think someone has established for you. Tell me more about what you’re feeling with Emma.”
“I like her a lot.”
“You’ve said that at least six times since you walked in the door.” He smiles. “From my perspective, I can see you’re different. You’re happier. Is that all because of Emma?”
“Yeah. When I’m around her, I think I actually feel my blood pumping, and I start feeling optimistic. It’s like every part of me has finally been woken up from a coma. It’s very vivid and that’s what’s scary.”
“So you’re in love?” Dr. Wang asks thoughtfully.
“No, I like her a lot, though.” I have to downplay my feelings for her. If I say that I think I’m falling in love with her, I really will sound like a nut job.
“That’s seven likes.” He smiles again. “Okay, I see where this is going. I’m going to ask you two questions, and I want you to give me the first thing that comes to your mind. A quick response without deliberating. Understand?”
I nod and think of Emma back at the office, probably wondering why I have been keeping my hands off her for the last two days since our hot and heavy, near-sex episode on the couch. We drive to work together and spend our days dealing with accounts, and then when we go home, I cook dinner and we watch TV while she knits. We’re like an old married couple that never has had sex, not even the consummation part. That’s my fault, of course. She is not shy about what she wants, and I would want it, too, if I knew that my crazy head couldn’t possibly put us on the road to ruin.
“Go ahead,” I say.
“Why do you like Emma?”
“She makes me feel fantastic.” I sound remorseful rather than thrilled.
“Why are you afraid of being with Emma?”
“Because she makes me feel fantastic… and I might turn into the old Dylan again. I might lose all this self-control I’ve been managing for months.”
“Okay, this is what I want you to hear. Fact, you like her a lot and she makes you feel fantastic. You worrying about losing control and turning into the old Dylan are speculation and fear, not fact. We have to work with facts. If you keep letting your fear dictate how you live, you will miss some very big things in life.”
His words provide some relief. It’s like my shrink is handing me a golden ticket.
Andrea: Are there real life inspirations behind the characters in your stories?
S.A.: All of my characters in the Fearsome series are based on real people in my family, my friends, or my circle of acquaintances. I also have a family that’s loaded with issues such as obsessive-compulsive behavior, autism, bipolar disorder, and several suicides. Not to make light of this – it’s just the cards we have been dealt, and it has made it relatively easy for me to write quirky, weird, funny, depressed, manic, and awkward characters. Describing a character is one thing, but writing about their struggle in life is the emotionally exhausting part, and I think I choose these characters because I do want them to have a happily ever after.
Andrea: Do you have any interest in writing a different genre?
S.A.: Before writing romance, I was writing in literary mainstream fiction for fifteen years. That’s a whole other story. I really enjoy writing romance and I think I’ll stick with it because I like people falling in love and I like creating happily ever afters.
Andrea: Do you have any crazy writing habits?
S.A.: My only crazy writing habit is sometimes I pull all-nighters and accomplish some of my best writing when everyone else is asleep and the city is dark and fairly quiet. I’m more productive on dark, rainy days.
Andrea: What book has been most inspirational to you?
S.A.: I read To Kill A Mockingbird when I was a child and it was very inspirational for me because of the way Harper Lee crafted Scout’s voice. It taught me a lot about talking to your reader. Growing up, I mostly read my parents’ books, so my mother got me hooked on Anne Tyler at a young age and I learned a lot about the craft of writing from her novels which feature ordinary characters who end up in extraordinary circumstances. The Accidental Tourist is a perfect example where Tyler shows great humor and yet there’s an underlying great tragedy that is the inciting incident. I like my characters to be funny — I love witty, sarcastic banter, but I also want my characters to be imperfect and have to deal with real issues.
Andrea: Do you feel that there is no room for modern themes in mainstream contemporary fiction?
S.A.: As long as there are writers who aren’t afraid to explore their imagination, I believe there will always be room for more modern themes in mainstream contemporary fiction.
Andrea: Most importantly, when is your next book coming out? And what’s it about?
S.A.: My next novel in the Fearsome series is FAITHFUL and should be out in early fall. It’s about Cooper MacKenzie and Imogene Walsh. Both were in Freedom and, actually, Imogene was first introduced to readers in Fearsome.
I don’t have an official blurb for the third book but here’s a log line:
A bombshell waitress who wants more.
A former FBI agent who wants less … except for her.