Interview: Sarah Ballance

Jen:  Today we welcome Sarah Ballance to Romancing the Book.  Sarah, will you share a short bio with us?
Sarah: Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Sarah:  THE THREE-WEEK ARRANGEMENT was SUCH an accident. When I wrote the first book in what would become the Chase Brothers series, the brothers were backstory for my hero. Until the editorial director read the book and decided the Chase men definitely needed to be a thing, which was great, except it left me with Ethan–a young widower who still loved his wife–needing a story in a romantic comedy series. Ethan is one of those guys who loves with his whole heart, but after such a huge loss, he’s especially vulnerable. Rue’s passion as a conservation photographer takes her all over the world. She doesn’t want to be tied down, and he’s done with goodbyes. Getting them together was a challenge, but the result is a lot of heartwarming, funny moments I hope will leave readers breathing blissful sighs.

Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Sarah:  Pandora, a bottle of rum, and a meteor shower

Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Sarah:  Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked

Jen: Favorite sport to watch?
Sarah:  NFL

Jen: Favorite gift received from a fan?
Sarah:  A Mickey Mouse coffee mug (she’s totally a friend now, but we met b/c she read my books)

Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Sarah:  Sweet iced tea from McDonald’s

Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Sarah:  Immaculate

Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?
Sarah:  The Visit

Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Sarah:  The Barones from Everybody Loves Raymond

Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Sarah:  Playful

Jen: Do you have a mentor?
Sarah:  My editor, though she may not see it that way, lol

Jen: Camping or hotel?
Sarah:  RV all the way

Jen: iPhone or android?
Sarah:  Android

Jen: What’s next for you?
Sarah:  I’m finishing up Liam’s book in the Chase brothers series, then starting book two in a new series I’m writing for Entangled’s Indulgence imprint.

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