This is your debut Romance/Cherish! Woo hoo! We’re burning to know – what led up to you getting The Call?
It seemed like a very long journey to The Call! Now that I can look back on it, it wasn’t that long, but just before I sold, I did start to wonder if I’d ever make it. I’d been writing seriously for about five years, and this was the tenth manuscript that I’d completed, so I had been very committed to becoming published. During that time, I had some awful rejections and some lovely detailed ones, and I can honestly say that the heartache of being rejected so many times was worth it when I received the call!
What led you to want to write about the US military? Where did the idea for Soldier on Her Doorstep come from?
To be honest, I don’t know where the idea for Soldier on Her Doorstep came from. I’ve always loved reading about and watching US military stories/movies, and the hero and heroine in this story entered my mind one day and bugged me until I wrote their story. Once I started, I wanted to explore the idea of falling in love for a second time, as the heroine, Lisa, has already lost her husband, who she thought was the love of her life. Lisa also has a young daughter, and I also wanted to explore the very real concept of a child losing a parent who’s been serving overseas.
You live in a gorgeous part of the world, but one that’s seen its share of hardships lately. What’s it been like to be in Christchurch over the last year?
Christchurch is the most beautiful place to live, but the last six months have been hard. It’s hard to explain how terrifying and unsettling earthquakes can be – I could certainly never have imagined it had I not experienced it first hand. Our lovely city has been completely devastated, and it may be a decade before it’s rebuilt, but one day it will be restored back to its former glory.
You’re also a brand new mum! How’s the time management thing working out for you? What’s your work schedule like?
With the ongoing earthquakes and a new (and first!) baby in the house, our lives have changed drastically! Unfortunately our little son has had dreadful reflux and hardly ever sleeps, so writing has been more difficult than usual. Add to that my parent’s losing their home when the last big earthquake struck, and we’ve had a lot going on! I’m lucky that my Mom is here every day to help me, so I can still squeeze in quality writing time. I work as a full-time freelance writer too, so there’s always lots of writing to be done!
The first year after selling is, well, full of firsts! Which things have been terribly exciting?
Oh, all the wonderful firsts! Signing my first contract was pretty exciting, and seeing my first cover up on Amazon was incredible. But nothing can beat seeing the mailman arrive with a huge bag and ripping it open to find your author copies inside! Holding my first hardback book was amazing J
What are we going to see from you in the near future?
This year is actually very exciting for me, as I have Soldier out in the UK in June (paired with my favourite author Donna!) and in July in the USA. Then my second book, The Army Ranger’s Return, is out in the UK in July and the USA in August. They form a duet called Heroes Come Home. If that wasn’t exciting enough, I have my third book, Rodeo Daddy, out in the UK/USA in November!
I’d love to give away a copy of my debut book, and to make it even better, I’ll give away a UK edition, so you can read Donna’s latest release too! Donna was my mentor the year I sold, so it’s incredibly special to me that my first book was paired with hers. Leave a comment and I’ll randomly pick a winner!
Soldier on Her Doorstep
“Soldier Alex Dane promised his dying comrade he'd make sure his wife and daughter were okay, and so he finds himself on a doorstep with his heart in his mouth.
Lisa Kennedy loved her husband, but she must focus on her daughter, Lilly, who hasn't spoken since her daddy's death. Still, the least she can do is offer this battle-weary hero a place to rest.
When Lilly's little hand reaches for Alex's big, strong one, for the first time Lisa feels her buried emotions begin to stir.”
I’m also giving away a copy of Soldier on Her Doorstep on my blog this month, so head over to www.sorayalane.blogspot for another chance to win!
Donna's note: Did you also know that Soraya scored a coveted 4 1/2 star review from Romantic Times and a TOP PICK? Way to kick off your career with a bang, Soraya! Congratulations!