Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Hi. I’m Sarah Zolton Arthur. I live in Michigan with my two sons, and I write steamy books. The steamier the better. You might get a ménage but the couples are singular. I don’t write RH or love triangles because I don’t read those myself. And my readers always know that no matter the wild ride they go on to get there, you’ll always find some form of HEA at the end. Besides writing, this year is different because my baby is graduating high school in May so we’ve been doing all the college visits and whatnot. I’m sitting here freezing as I write this because it’s almost December in Michigan and I only drink frozen coffees, which, I pretty much live on. I’m so excited to be attending my first WOTR in July. When I saw the charity that they support I knew I had to be a part of this wonderful event. My motorcycle club books specifically deal with empowering women, helping them to leave abusive situations and escape trafficking. It felt like fate brought us together.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
The consecutive books in a series are harder to write. You have to make sure you’ve kept up the continuity of the people and the world you’ve created along with making sure not to repeat themes and situations so the readers don’t get bored. And my MCs for example, are romantic suspense. It’s not easy to keep the suspense brewing without becoming repetitive.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
I watch the news to see what I can use and turn into a fictional story. The truth can be wilder than imagination.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
After I’ve finished an emotional story, I change it up with something else. That’s why I write rom-coms, too. They’re my outlet. You don’t write rom-com, try PNR. The point is to give yourself something else fun and less draining to focus on.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
I probably spend five of my eight hour work day actually writing. The rest is spent dealing with the business side of publishing.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
I have two. The first is Bossman from my MC series the Brimstone Lords MC. His jokes and fun personality in conjunction with his intensity when it comes to protecting his family, along with his Kentucky accent are based off my late husband as a shoutout to him and so many of the reasons I married the goof. The second is in the latest book in my Bedlam Horde MC series: Devil to Pay. The female lead is named Aja. She’s tough but kind, and she’s not ashamed of the things she’s had to do in her life to survive. And she’s done a lot. She’s a fighter. In a time where we hear all these angry men talking smack about women, “if she has a high body count she’s worthless,” Aja is like, sit down little boy. She doesn’t have time for that BS as no one should. She was so refreshing to write.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
Oh man, that’s so difficult because I don’t watch a lot of television or movies. Who is a new version of a mid-twenties Paul Walker? Because that would be Lennon McCartney from Skydiving, Skinny-Dipping & Other Ways to Enjoy Your Fake Boyfriend. I’d love to hear the responses.
What is your definition of success?
Success is being happy with your life. Doing what you love to do and knowing that by doing it, you are bringing joy to others. I recently found out that I’m a book club. Am I a Richie Richerton? Ha! Not even close. But that book club hasn’t just read one of my books, they read all of my books. Would I like to be a Richie Richerton? Who wouldn’t? But I still consider myself a success. How many people can say they are a book club?
Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?
We live in a binging world. People want it all right now. What readers have to remember is whether an author is traditionally or indie published, the ability to put out the next book in a series comes from readers reading what’s already available. If you wait to read a series because you want them all at once, you risk not getting the rest of the series. It’s hard to have to wait for that next book, I know. I’m a reader, too. Just remember the anticipation makes it worth the wait!
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