Name S. Van Horne – S stands for Sonya
Where are you from: I am from a small town in Missouri called Belton but have lived a lot of places because of my husband’s job.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m the oldest of 6 kids (yep big family) and I have some associates in business management. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 16 years and we have two amazing children together.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
No sure what the latest news is (laughing) I can say that I have a book coming out in Dec.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in Feb of 2014. I have always said I wanted to write a book and I would publish one day. After some pushing from authors I highly admire I decided what the heck and jumped for it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t consider myself a writer/author. I don’t know when it will happen but for right now I just like sharing my stories.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Like I said I always wanted to do it. So I decided to give it a go.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I wouldn’t say I do. I never really thought of it actually.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The More series is about being more and showing the person you love just how much they mean to you with a saying. The first title is based on a saying that my husband and I say to each other ❤
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All my books have realistic experiences/events and are based on someone I know. I take them and then change them so they would be fictional :c)
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
KC Lynn and K Langston have been a huge influence and mentor in my life. Without them and their push to be better and write, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be writing right now.
Another huge influence was my OPG (Old Plain Grandma); she gave me the love of reading at a very young age.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
New Authors would be my bestie Mary B Moore. She is amazing and makes me laugh. Her work is awesome and we actually will be writing together soon :c) Another one is ML Rodriguez, she published a few years ago but she is simply amazing and writes about military romance. I adore her books ❤
Two authors are my favorite. KC Lynn and K Langston, they write such amazing love stories and heal a part of me that deals with situations from my past. I adore their books and their words.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
God. I strongly believe God is holding my hand and supporting me in this.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Maybe one day it will become that. I love doing it and can see it being something I can do for the rest of my life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope I honestly wouldn’t. I love the characters and the story line the way it is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Reading books with my Grandma.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is Chapter One of my More Than Anything – More Series Book Two coming Dec. 26, 2016
I glance around Len’s backyard and smile at the happiness that fills the air. I’ve always wanted a family that could come together and celebrate the small joys that life brings. I almost had that at one point in my life, but it was ripped from my hands before I could even grasp it. A pain of sadness and fear flood my body, but I push it away not wanting it to take over this brief moment of happiness.
I peek out of the corner of my eye to the left and see Neil watching me. He’s the hottest guy I’ve ever laid eyes on. The moment I met him three years ago, I thought I would faint from just how damn good looking he was. He seemed like a stuck up asshole because he really wouldn’t say shit to me. All he did was glare at me like I took the prize out of his cereal box on Sunday morning while changing the channel from his favorite cartoons.
But it slowly started changing, and I realized that he just wasn’t interested in me and was just protective of his sister. I’m not one to open up and tell people my problems, as a matter of fact, nobody knows about my problems right now. I’m afraid of bringing it up and them finding out just how much trouble I can bring to their family.
I know I should be more open about it, but the detectives assured me that my file is closed tight, and that it couldn’t be tapered with. That’s the only thing saving me right now from Neil finding out about my past. At first, I was scared that he would find out when he did my background check for Seal Security. But nothing came up and that was a sigh of relief.
Then, there was that one night at the lake that I can’t get out of my mind. It was the best night of my life, and I want to reach out and grab what Neil was offering with both hands. But my past stops me from doing that. So, for now I live though my memories and try to keep him at arms length even though he’s doing everything in his power to change that.
The sound of laughter snaps me back into the present, and I see pink and blue balloons rising in the air. I’m confussed for a brief moment until I hear the word twins. A huge grin spreads across my face at that thought of Dante having three kids in diapers, one of which is a girl.
That man is an alpha to the max at times, so I know that little one is going to end up hating her daddy when she gets older due to his overprotectiveness.
The sound of a phone catches me off guard, and I realize it is mine. I reach in my purse and pull out my phone to see who could be calling me. Everyone that would call me is here so it has to be the call service for Seal Security. With me as the main admin for the front, all calls come to me when we aren’t in the office.
I glance at the screen and freeze once I see the name and number.
This can’t be happening.
He said he wouldn’t call unless it’s an emergency. I’m not sure if I want to answer it.
“Habibi, you ok?” Neil asks coming up to me.
“I need to take this,” I say and rush off to the side of the house to answer the phone in private.
“Hello,” my voice trembling softly afraid of what he might say.
“Sara?” a voice I know so well on the other end questions.
“Yes this is her.”
“They know, Sara. I need you to get here as soon as you can. We’ve got to get you to safety.” I close my eyes at the words; one of my biggest fears becoming reality.
After gathering enough strength, I make my way back and spot Neil and Dante. “I have to go. Please tell Len I will call her later.” I rush out before turning and running to the front of the house. Neil runs after me, shouting my name, but I quickly say something over my shoulder without stopping.
The life I know, the life I’ve come to build is no more. All I can do; all I must do is leave. They have found me, and in order to keep those I love safe, I must run without turning back.
I glance, yet again, at the redheaded goddess that has been on my mind from the moment we met three years ago. That first meeting, I didn’t mean to glare at her the whole time, but I was trying to figure out why I wanted to pick her up, throw her over my shoulder, and never share her with the world. It bothered me that she had that much power over me.
Then, I realized that the only reason I would feel that with her was because she was my one. After that, I tried everything to get her to notice me, short of just announcing that I liked her and wanted her. Nothing was seemed to work, and right when I was about to just take that plunge, my sister came up missing, and that stopped everything.
It isn’t a secret that I’m a protective ass when it comes to my sister. So when she vanished the night of my company party, I felt like I failed her. After a few weeks of her missing, I knew then that after she was found, only then was I going after Sara. And, nothing was stopping me from having her.
That night at the lake was the most amazing night of my life. I had never felt perfection like I did when I made love to her for the first time or the times that followed that night. But the following morning, I woke to an empty bed; abandoned and furious. When I stormed downstairs, she acted like she didn’t even know me, and that made me even angrier. I’m not one to blow up in public, so I bit my lip and decided to wait until we had a second alone.
But, that second never came.
After Adams was killed, it took a while to get things back to normal, and by then I was over the anger. Now, I’m trying everything to get back to that one night we had. So far, I haven’t made much leeway.
The sound of Sara’s phone snaps me out of my thoughts. When she glances down to look at her screen, she turns pale, and I immediately rush over to her side.
“Habibi, you okay?”
“I need to take this,” she states her voice trembling with fear and rushes off to the side of the house. Before I can follow, Dante steps up besides me and stops me from intruding on her call.
As he holds me back, I see her listening intently to the person on the phone. Whatever they say has her turning even palier. I swear I can feel her fear radiating from her body. I don’t know who is on the other line, but I’m about to march over there and snatch the phone from her to find out who the fuck it is, when she hangs up and glances over at us. She quickly makes her way to us, her eyes show nothing but pure unadulterated fear.
“I have to go. Please tell Len I will call her later,” she states in a whisper and then turns and rushes to her car.
It takes me a moment to process her words before I’m hot on her tail, chasing her.
“Sara, wait a minute. What the fuck is going on,” I yell.
“I don’t have time explain, Neil. I have an emergency. I’ll call later,” she tosses over her shoulder, without stopping.
She reaches her car and has it started before I can reach her. Just as I get close enough, I see her glance towards me with tears streaming down her face. So much hurt coming through her beautiful eyes, that I stop in my tracks, something preventing me from opening her car door. Instead, my chest rising and falling fast, and my eyes silently begging her to come to me.
“I’m sorry, Neil. I never wanted you to know. Please, let me go,” she whispers out of her window that’s barely down.
“Never,” I growl out between clenched teeth. Before I can open her door, she flips the lock and shakes her head sadly.
“Goodbye, Neil. If you remember anything, remember this, you always made me feel as if I was so much more than what I thought I would ever be,” she states with a soft smile as the tears just keep streaming down. Then, she pulls out of the driveway without a backwards glance.
I stand there, shocked at the words she just spoke, watching as her car fades down the road. I vow in that moment that she isn’t getting away from me that easily.
Furious, hurt, and determined, I turn and storm back into the house to let the others know that I have to go. I have to find Sara and get to the bottom of this once and for all.
It’s time she sees the beast within me. The beast that will weather any storm her past can bring. Because nothing will stop me from showing her just how much more she really is to me.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not repeating myself. I swear I will repeat a word or phrase a lot then it is a challenge to edit it so I don’t use it a lot.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Nope never have but I will be going to signings next year
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did LOL I was a web and graphic designer for 4 years. I don’t trust people with my graphics.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Hitting publish. I really want to hide when I do that.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That love can change a lot of things if you open yourself up to it.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
This is a hard one for me because I don’t watch TV so I don’t know who I would pick.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just write, don’t try to make anyone but yourself happy. Don’t worry about reviews or readers… write what you want and what makes you happy because that is what matters most.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for giving me a chance and for being amazing to me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I will be reading an ARC of This I Promise You by ML Rodriguez
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Nope I really don’t LOL
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh – my son and best friend they are amazingly funny
Cry – missing my husband and grandma
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
One day I would love to meet Luke Bryan. He is my celeb crush and I adore his music
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Here lies a woman who loved with her whole heart.
I do love with my whole heart. Once I love it is hard for me to let go even if they are mean to me. It drives my husband nuts.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch TV but I do adore movies that are action
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
TACOS! Navy Blue and Country
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was a stay at home mom/navy wife before this (and still am lol) so I would just continue doing that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
One more time:
More than anything: