Jen: Today we welcome Shae Ross to Romancing the Book. Shae, will you share a short bio with us?
Shae Ross grew up in Ferndale, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University and continued her education at Detroit College of Law. Prior to 2014, she spent the majority of her career practicing corporate law and engaged in entrepreneurial ventures.
After having too many stressful days at the office, Shae began to pursue her dream of writing and signed a contract with Entangled Publishing. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes who deliver stories filled with sass, smarts and sizzle.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Shae: RUSH is the story of college quarterback, Preston Rush and soccer all-star, Priscilla Winslow. The two meet at a Halloween party as Chewbacca and Little Bo Peep, and when Priscilla sees Chewie getting jumped by two men, she rushes in to help him. They both end up in jail, but by morning, Preston’s coaches have intervened and his charges are dropped. Priscilla, however, is called before the athletic board and threatened with suspension. She desperately needs a witness to support her claim of self-defense. Committed to fixing the problem he created, Preston must find a way to help her without revealing the dirty politics of his football team or destroying his game.
Different aspects of RUSH came from different places, but one of the biggest inspirations was definitely my nieces, Samantha and Sydney. Sam played soccer for Florida Golf Coast University and Syd plays soccer for the University of Toledo. Despite spending endless hours sweating their butts off on the soccer field, these two have also excelled academically. Oh, did I mention they’re beautiful, sweet and kind? In honor of all that they have taught their Aunt about what it means to be a female athlete, Sam and Syd both score goals in my book!
I knock my knuckles on the eye-patch circles of dirt covering her knees and speak slowly. “I don’t know what you were thinking, walking into a biker bar dressed like a bad decision, but I’ve got some news for you.” Her brows shoot high as I continue. “Your Little Bo Peep costume has taken a hard detour off of Mother Goose Lane and veered straight into Peep Show Alley.” I lower my chin, pinning her with an intense look. “There’s not a guy in this building who could look at you and not think about it.”
F***! I’m thinking about it.
Her lips slide until the bottom consumes top–I think she’s hearing me. “I’m the one that got you into this mess. I’m going to make sure you get out of it. And if that chaps your ruffled ass, I’m okay with that, because right now, you need all the help you can get.”
Jen: What was your most romantic date?
Shae: On my first date with my husband, he walked up to my door armed with a bottle of wine in each hand and this line. “I didn’t know whether you liked red or white, so I brought both.” Well c’mon in.
Jen: Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Shae: This is a throwback because I rarely see it anymore, but it’s Tin Roof.
Jen: Favorite sport to watch?
Shae: MMA—this is out of character for me but after writing my second book, “Fearless”, I’m totally into the MMA fights. They’re fast, furious and raw—sometimes I cover my eyes.
Jen: Favorite gift received from a fan?
Shae: Still waiting…I didn’t know that was part of the gig. I’ll start my list!
Jen: What is your guilty pleasure?
Shae: It’s a tie between Coke and Coke with ice.
Jen: How neat is your work environment?
Shae: It’s neat and organized until I get close to a deadline, then I write in the shadows of unopened mail, magazines that I haven’t had time to read, and a mixed bag of tea cups, coffee mugs and water bottles.
Jen: What was the last movie you saw in the theatre?
Shae: The last movie I saw was Batman. The last movie I wanted to see was Bridge of Spies. I bow to my twelve-year old son.
Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Shae: The one that sits on the iron throne at the end of Game of Thrones.
Jen: Describe your writing style in one word.
Shae: Kick-ass. ☺
Jen: Do you have a mentor?
Shae: More than just one. My Grandma Jane for her kindness. My mom for her wisdom. My husband for his ability to connect with people. My son for his open heart. My editor, Candace Havens for her positive energy and constant enthusiasm and I could go on…
Jen: Camping or hotel?
Shae: I like to dream about camping while I’m lying in bed in my hotel room.
iPhone or android? iPhone. What’s an android?
Jen: What’s next for you?
Shae: I published two books in 2015 and I’d like to publish three in 2016. With that goal in mind, I am working on two contemporary romance manuscripts right now. Like every other working wife and mom though, I have to balance time in my writing cave with the other best things in my life though, so we’ll see.