Name – Alana Sapphire
Age – 21 (For quite a few years now lol)
Where are you from – Born and raised in Jamaica. I live in Florida now.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have a business degree and planning to get my MBA soon and I’m single, no kids.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news? – Claimed, the 3rd book in the Death Dealers MC series, and the conclusion of Gage and Raven’s story, will be released on November 14.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started out writing poetry when I was about 13. The first “book” I wrote after college.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. I’m yet to think of myself as an “author”. Every word – all the plots, ideas, and content are mine but it just seems like a title I have not yet earned.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Writing is very therapeutic for me. That first book was a result of, and based on, a very traumatic and painful time in my life.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to keep things simple. However, I also like to make my readers think. Some things may not be explicitly stated but if you read between the lines, you’ll get it. In Gage and Raven’s story, (Forbidden, Tempted, and Claimed) there are a lot of references to Greek mythology. I’m hoping everyone will “get” them.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Each title so far has been the main underlying theme of the books.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
With Gage and Raven’s story, the goal is to show that even though life is not a fairy tale, you can find your Prince Charming who doesn’t necessarily sweep you off to a castle but who will be a partner through life’s ups and downs. And the reverse is also true for the men.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Making a book realistic is very important to me but they are not biographical. While the story is fictional, I do draw from personal experiences and add a twist.
Fiona: What books have influenced your life most? A mentor?
I grew up reading mostly classics so authors like Shakespeare and Chaucer were huge influences. Also Harper Lee and Maya Angelou. My biggest mentors are my mom and grandmother. Everything I do, I strive to make them proud of me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I don’t really read while I’m writing but since I’m editing Claimed I’ve started catching up. I just finished Finding Cyn by Winter Travers and I’ve started Phoenix Bar by Annelise Reynolds. Next on my list is Maverick by L. Wilder.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I haven’t been reading much lately but I’m looking forward to discovering some new talent.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on getting Claimed out but I have 2 books on deck to be edited after its release. More info on those to come soon 🙂
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Other than close friends and family, my street team (Alana’s Hellhounds). They’re a group of amazing ladies who offer incredible support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career? – I think the potential is there but it is a fickle mistress.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? – No. I go where the story takes me and what feels right for the characters. I tried to change something in the last 2 books and the characters completely shut me out. I couldn’t write a word for weeks. Once I stopped fighting it, the words began flowing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
English was always my favorite subject in school. It fostered my love for both reading and writing.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is from Claimed:
My head lolls back on his shoulder as he kneads my breasts, pinching my nipples. His dick stirs to life again, pressing into my back. His breathing is ragged in my ear, matching my own.
“I want you so much, Raven.”
“I want you, too. So much I can’t breathe.”
He slides his hand down my stomach and past the waistband of my panties, finding my clit. I gasp, grabbing at his hair as he bites into my shoulder.
“Wet and ready…” he murmurs.
“Yes…for you. Only you.”
His fingers slide through my wetness, teasing my lips and clit. I grind against him, needing more.
“I need you, Raven. I need to be buried inside my pussy. Tell me now.”
“Yes, Gage. I need you inside me.”
He turns the water off and flings the curtain out of the way. As soon as he lifts me out of the tub, he grabs a towel and dries me off, then himself. Within seconds, I’m back in his arms, being swept to the bed. Gently, he lays me down and removes my wet panties, his hungry stare bringing me to life.
“You have a gorgeous pussy, babe…and it’s mine. All mine.”
Damn, I missed his dirty mouth.
“Beautiful. Fucking beautiful…all of you.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing something that others will enjoy. No one even knew I write until recently. It’s always been something I did for me. Now that I’m writing specifically for publishing, I constantly second guess myself.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t really have a favorite author but I’m a fan of anything that can pull you into the story and make you feel the different emotions as the characters experience them.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not right now but I have a few signings lined up for 2016 – OAMC Convention in Meridian MS in June, Submit and Devour in Miami in July, Authors in the Sand in Daytona Beach FL in August, Authors at the Opry in Nashville in September, and Glass City in Ohio in October.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Rock Hard was designed by Melody Simmons, Forbidden and Tempted by Louisa Maggio, and Claimed by Margreet Asselbergs.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The actual writing is not a problem for me. The biggest issue for me is whether people will like it or not.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Every book is a learning experience. Although I haven’t experienced what Raven went through, Claimed took me on an emotional trip and I learned a lot about myself.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stay true to the characters and their story.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU. The love and support I’ve received is more than I could have ever imagined and I’m overwhelmed.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but it was probably a Nancy Drew novel 🙂
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I find humor everywhere. That’s just the way I am. I don’t cry much. It has to be something that affects me on a personal level.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Michael Jackson. I’m a HUGE music lover and it all began with him. He was the ultimate entertainer and there will never be anyone like him.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
I have no idea but I hope to live a life that would warrant something inspirational.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Reading, music, movies. I’m an indoor girl.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love horror movies. My favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Empire.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Steak, blue, R&B/Hip Hop.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Something in the music industry.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Rock Hard (FREE)
Universal Amazon Link– myBook.to/ASRockHard
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Forbidden (FREE on KU)
Universal Amazon Link – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forbidden-Death-Dealers-MC-Book-ebook/dp/B00XB6M0OY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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