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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sarah Ballance "Her Wicked Sin" Interview

Salem, MA 1692
On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight...

Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.

Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply... away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse... and claiming her bed.

Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little too real. As their lies become truths, a witch hunt closes in on Lydia, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but her life.

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                                                       About the Author:
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).

When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.
She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.

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Interview w/ Sarah Balance

1. If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?

Since I’m here with my first historical romance I’d love to say I’d head right back to Salem 1692, where the story is set, but years of fascination with the witch trials have made clear that was no place to be, LOL. But I would love to visit colonial America. I’m drawn to those big old antebellum mansions—especially the haunted ones—so I think you’d find me there. Or in the Wild West. I absolutely love all things Deadwood, though it wasn’t much friendlier than Salem with its hangings. (I’m sensing a destructive pattern here, lol).

2. Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?
I have! In fact, I used to have a song for every title. One of my favorites was "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry. The story in question, which will re-release in November, centers around a haunted old plantation house.

3. When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?
I do, and the last few months it’s been Jason Aldean. I have all of his albums on one playlist and I just listen to them over and over. Two of my favorite songs are "Talk" and "Don’t Give Up on Me." I’m about to throw some Luke Bryan into the mix.

4. What do you do when you think nobody is watching?
Erm, I play Candy Crush Saga. But don’t tell anyone. *hangs head and mumbles something about level 208*

5. What was your favorite childhood book?
For some reason I was absolutely in love with a book about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. I don’t live there, haven’t visited, and have no idea why I felt the need to read that book almost daily, but I constantly had my nose in it. For years. I wish I could remember what it was called

6. What is your favorite addition to chocolate?
I like my chocolate to surround a nice homemade piece of toffee. I was a fanatic for Heath and Skor bars until I realized I could make my own. ERMAGERD.

7. What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?
My work tends to be more sensual than erotic, but my husband is all about the research, lol. Seriously, he’s amazing. He’ll do anything in the world to give me time to write or to keep the kids out of my hair so I can write—even taking all six of them out somewhere so they’re not beating down my door. My mom has also been fabulous about taking kids—she’ll have all of them at once over to spend the night, giving me a good 24 hours of writing time. Very few people in my real life know I write, but those who do are incredibly supportive.

8. What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?
I’d still be at home, raising babies and homeschooling. My youngest is three, so I have a while before my days are mine again.

9. Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?
Boating. I didn’t want to like it—I fought it, really I did—but I finally let my husband drag me onto the water and I loved it. Now we have a whole fleet of boats. (I’m not exaggerating much…we have four. And now you know why I didn’t want to encourage him, lol.) My favorite is a cabin cruiser we keep at a marina, mainly because we can leave the kids with my mom and spend the night at the boat. It has all the comforts of home—including air conditioning—but is blissfully without the do-to list plaguing me on dry land. It’s so peaceful there I can actually hear water lapping against the hull, and you just can’t beat that for relaxation

10. What is something you do to de-stress?
My husband has some sort of internal sensor. It seems like every time I’m about to lose it, he’ll take the kids out to give me some time alone in the house, or he’ll arrange for my mom to watch them so he can take me out for some much-needed distraction. And when I’m at my most stressed, the best thing I can do is spend

one-on-one time with my husband. When that can’t happen, I dive into my writing.
      10 Fun Facts (things the fans don't know)

    1. My husband and I have six children, the last of whom came along after I was surgically sterilized. Erm, SURPRISE!
    2. I double-majored in biology and biochemistry in college.
    3. I’m a math nerd with a hopeless adoration for spreadsheets.
    4. I’ve never had a "real job." We wanted to homeschool, so I went from college to stay-at-home-mom.
    5. Three times my house (three different houses) has been struck by lightning.
    6. I’m crazy about jalapeno potato chips and those fried onion appetizers at steak houses. And cajun-stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapenos. ERMAGERD.
    7. I was 19 when I married my husband. More than sixteen years later, I still think he’s amazeballs. Also, other than when I was in the hospital after giving birth to babies 2-6, we’ve never spent a night apart.
    8. I love anything horror—even those B-rated flicks that crawled out of the 80s and won’t die.
    9. I would love to spend the night at Danvers or one of the other old Lunatic Asylums. I got a big fat "maybe" from my husband on that one.
    10. I’ve effectively given up every beverage but water. Every few weeks I cave and try to enjoy one of my old favorites (Coke, French vanilla cappuccino, hot chocolate, sweet tea) but it’s inevitably so sweet I can’t stand it. Yet I constantly crave how good they USED to be. SO not fair.


    1. I enjoy learning about authors through interviews, and especially Sarah's - she has such a wonderful sense of humor! Her Wicked Sin is a great read, too.

      1. Aw, Karen. (((love))). I can't wait to meet you so I can give you a real hug! :)

    2. Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. Sounds like a wicked book. evamillien at gmail dot com

    3. Boating seems very relaxing as how you describe it! Also, I think I'd like to visit Salem in 1692 as well as Jamestown during the colonial (late 1700s) period too! I enjoyed reading the interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

      1. Oh, it IS. And historical sites are just amazing. I live near so many and just take for granted they're there. I need to get moving and take my kids to see them! :) Thanks for your visit, Ari!