A dark secret keeps Bishop Kelly unattached and closed off. She has only one persistent friend, and now she’s moving away from him.
Running her online fitness group from a borrowed professor’s home in Constantine Falls, New York, seems like any other life decision. There’s no one to consult and no one who has her back. Life is what it is – a solo gig.
Bishop isn’t expecting a strange local, Finn “Honey” Sinclair, to jump start her memories, her desire, and her heart. He has his own intense history that haunts him. In the heart of this oddly quaint town, Bishop is suddenly learning that even in the midst of unexpected loss, there can be inexplicable gain.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains themes of power exchange.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Right around the time I got my hands on a Winnie the Pooh book and a box of crayons. Don’t worry, I didn’t write in the book. But I did begin spinning my own tales fairly early. I’ve never wanted to be anything else.
What is your writing process like?
I tend to write every day unless I’m heavily into edits. I used to write at home and pretty much only at home. Now I find that I work much better out in the world at a café or similar. It’s like sitting down out in the world with my laptop flips a switch that says “now we need to work”. If I’m home I’m constantly thinking of the dishes that could be getting done or laundry that needs folding or a certain little fat wiener dog that needs a walk.
What do you love most about books?
I love books because they are instant entertainment. It’s like holding magic in your hands. Someone sat down and created something from nothing but what was in their mind. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
IT by Stephen King. Scary but true. I lost count, a long time ago, of how many times I’ve read it.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I don’t tend to read in my own genre very often. My brain leans toward creepy and scary things. I read Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Jennifer McMahon, and recently Jonathan Janz. Though I do love a good Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich. Those are hot and fun.
What is your favorite genre?
Horror and thriller/suspense.
Do you prefer libraries or bookstores?
That’s like asking cake or cookies. The answer is both! My book acquiring has gotten out of control lately. I’ve made a deal with myself that very large popular authors with enormous followings, I’ll borrow their books. That leaves me free to buy and support smaller up and coming authors. At the moment, it works for me.
What genres do you write in?
I write erotic romance and have recently added horror back to my genres. I write that under a different name lest a reader go looking for hot and sexy and find dark and scary instead.
Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
I’m a pantser through and through. I tend to have a beginning, an end, and maybe a little tiny idea of the middle. Then I plunk my butt down and go for it.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. Music is a big one. I get some of my best ideas while running with music being piped into my head. If a song inspires an idea I tend to play it on a loop. It’s a very good thing no one can hear it but me, I guess. It would probably drive them crazy when I’m truly cultivating an idea. I play it over and over and over…
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where you go?
Scotland and England. Probably, Hawaii as well. Those are the only places I’ve truly ever wanted to go through the bother of flying to see. Otherwise, I am very much a road trip kind of girl.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
On the road with my boyfriend hitting thrift stores. We wander, buy weird things, hunt for good gluten free food (I’m Celiac) and have fun. It’s the best ‘vacation spot’ there is.
Would you rather do the spanking or be spanked?
That’s easy. Be spanked.
What do you like to collect?
Vintage horror paperbacks, odd retro items, dishes—I have a real dish problem. Pyrex, Fire King, Glasbake. All of it!
Do you have any hobbies?
I haunt thrift stores with my guy and run a few vintage shops online. We also love to hunt down used book stores and get lost looking at books.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Tea or coffee?
Yes! I used to be a tried and true coffee girl. I haven’t given it up, I’ve just added tea recently. I have coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.
Gray. Gray is my black.
If your mood was a song right now, what would be playing?
Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie.
Tell us about your most adventurous experience.
I took off for California when I was 16 with $35 in my pocket and didn’t return home until I was 18. I learned a lot about myself being out in the world with nothing.
What was the hardest part about writing Honey?
How long it took me to write. I’m used to writing a book in 6-8 weeks. I think Honey took me 6-8 months. It was my first book after the death of my husband in late 2014 and what worked for me as a writer before did not work for me as a writer after. I had to find my new work rhythm, commitment, and voice. I found it, but I get frustrated easily. When you’re used to flying through something and you can’t, it can be infuriating.
How much research do you typically do on a novel?
It depends on the novel. I tend to write very normal people. Which requires very little research other than eavesdropping and people watching. I’m guilty of both.
Five Fun Facts
- I have a very old wiener dog who thinks he runs the house because he does.
- I am an exercise fanatic. Like…for real. I run (poorly) and do all kinds of crazy workouts. It’s what keeps me sane. Sorta.
- Crazy hair don’t care. It’s often weird colors and I often ‘style it’ by sleeping on it. I haven’t owned a hair dryer in 20 years.
- My bedroom has a wall of heads. Don’t worry. They’re not real. They’re plaster, metal, wood, even fabric. All kinds of animals. Including a stuffed shark.
- I loathe high heels and threw them all away years ago. I basically have Converse, flip flops, or boots on. Period.
About the Author
Sommer Marsden is a professional dirty word writer, gluten free baker, amateur runner, fat wiener dog walker, expert procrastinator. Sommer lives in Baltimore with her boyfriend, The Bearded Giant, an eclectic collection of kids, and the previously mentioned fat wiener dog.
Called “…one of the top storytellers in the erotica genre” (Violet Blue) and “Unapologetic” (Alison Tyler), she’s the author of over thirty novels including, Go Slow, Honey, Restless Spirit, Wanderlust, and The Mighty Quinn.
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