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Monday, August 20, 2012

Author of the Week, Sarah Mäkelä, Interview & Giveaway!

Sarah Mäkelä

About the Author:

Sarah Mäkelä lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, computer and console games, and traveling all over the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters. Find her online at www.sarahmakela.com.

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Interview with Sarah Mäkelä

Holly: Hi Sarah Mäkelä! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sarah Mäkelä: Hi Holly! Thanks for having me here this week! A little about myself? Well, I am an author of paranormal, cyberpunk/sci-fi, and fantasy romance. My stories’ heat ratings are erotic and soon slightly more mainstream but still piping hot. I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing computer and video games with my hubby, cuddling with my cats, and traveling all over the world.

Holly: Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?

Sarah Mäkelä: It depends on if the people who were holding them captive are gone. If they are, I’d get the captives off the boat, hopefully meanwhile finding life jackets and/or a float, and a satellite phone, unless one of my secret agent abilities happened to be defusing bombs. If the captors are not gone, then I’d find something to use as a weapon, take them out, and then get the people to safety. *grins*

Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book JUNGLE BLAZE?

Sarah Mäkelä: Jungle Blaze is the third book in my erotic paranormal romance series, Amazon Chronicles, set in the Amazon Rainforest. Jungle Blaze continues where I left off in Jungle Fire with two characters I introduced in the second book.

Sol has seen others around her find their mates, and she’s determined to find her own, except the man who has caught her eye is standoffish and has no intention of getting into a relationship.

Eduardo, the second in command of the werepumas, has no interest in the mating going on around him, but his stern attitude is about to change when he discovers what he didn’t know he was looking for. Sol.

Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?

Sarah Mäkelä: Right now, I’m reading The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum since I saw The Bourne Legacy on Saturday and wanted to remember what happened previously. Besides, I’m on a thriller kick right now with all the great movies I’ve seen recently. It makes me want to try my hand at writing one very much!

Holly: What was your inspiration for this novel, or the series in general?

Sarah Mäkelä: My inspiration for the Amazon Chronicles series came from way back when I was in high school and learned about the Amazon Rainforest. I had to write a paper on the subject, so I read the accounts of Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana and saw that he had a skirmish with warrior women. I decided to write the series since I was curious about how the remaining women would have survived and not been found throughout the many years since, but then, they encounter a new threat the weretiger and werepuma men that find their way into the Amazons’ lives. Again, the women have to face change to persist.

Holly: Can you tell us some of your latest news, what are your plans for 2012/2013?

Sarah Mäkelä: Jungle Blaze will be coming out at the middle September. Also, I’ve recently accepted two new contracts, one with Total-E-Bound Publishing and one with Etopia Press. My story with Total-E-Bound is part of their Oberon’s Court winter collection and has a release date for December 2012. They have a companion collection for summer 2013 called Titania’s Court that I’ll have a story in as well. My story with Etopia Press will be the first in a new series with sexy shifters. I don’t have a date yet, but it may be released at the end of this year. In 2013, I’ll be continuing my series and maybe writing a standalone or two.

Holly: Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?

Sarah Mäkelä: Do... have fun! While you want to write professionally, don’t let your joy of writing be zapped away.
Don’t... stop writing. Your ability to write won’t be able to grow and flourish if you do. Even if what you write isn’t immaculate, it’s still teaching you how to become a better writer.
Do... learn as much as you can. You always have room to grow and get better and better.
Don’t... let rejection get you down too much. It happens to everyone, yes, even professional writers who already have published books under their belts. It’s part of the process of finding the right editor and/or agent who believes in your work.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Sarah Mäkelä: I love hearing from my readers. Their messages brighten my day. Feel free to contact me through Twitter or email. Thank you for your continued support!

Holly: If you could live in one of your books or series’ which would you choose and why?

Sarah Mäkelä: If I could live in one of my series, I would have to choose Hacked Investigations. It’s a futuristic cyberpunk world that has a lot to offer its residents, even if there is the darker side to it all. I don’t think I’d be up for living in a jungle like in the Amazon Chronicles series. Hot weretiger and werepumas, yum! Using the restroom outside and bathing in the Amazon River? Eeek! Plus, I love air conditioning.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?

Sarah Mäkelä: Werewolves

Holly: Pepsi or Coke?

Sarah Mäkelä: Coke

Holly: Favorite genre to read?

Sarah Mäkelä: Urban fantasy and, recently, thrillers

Books by Sarah Mäkelä

Amazon Chronicles

#1: Jungle Heat
#2: Jungle Fire
#3: Jungle Blaze (coming September 2012)

Hacked Investigations

#1: Techno Crazed
#2: Savage Bytes
#3: Blacklist Rogue

Stand Alone/Single Titles

Captive Moonlight
Stolen

Coming Soon

Jungle Blaze (Amazon Chronicles #3) -- Coming September 2012

Awards/Recognitions

- Tied for first place in Changeling Press's 2011 contest

- JUNGLE FIRE was a 2011 The Romance Studio CAPA nominee for Paranormal Romance


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3 comments:

  1. Your books looks so amazing. I am not sure how I missed you.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Iw ould love to read one of your books. They sound very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  3. Nice interview. All the books sound good.

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