Saturday, February 28, 2015

Author Interview feat Exclusive Excerpt: How the Wolf Lost her Heart by Sarah Brownlee


Set against the backdrop of a dystopian London where thugs and criminals run rife, Skye Archer possesses a rare gift, the ability to transform into her spirit animal at will. Widely regarding her morphing ability as a curse, Skye's aim is to keep it a secret at all costs. But one day she meets the intriguing and affluent, Raphael Renzo, who soon proves to have a secret of his own, one that could heal the downtrodden city and affect Skye in ways she never thought possible...

This debut novel from author, Sarah Brownlee, is a compelling and gripping read, taking the reader into a world where both the heart of a city and the heart of a girl are simultaneously pierced by one man.


Today we have a very special guest on the blog. Below we'll get to know her and her book! You'll also get to read an exclusive excerpt. She's very sweet and I look forward to reading books by her. Without further ado...

1. We are so happy to have you on the blog today. What got you started writing?

Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here! As to writing, I can't remember exactly when, why or how I started writing, other than that I was extremely young and it was something I felt I had to "do". Trying to fathom it in later years, I can only conclude that I came to Earth with a mission - to tell stories!

2. Tell us about your book?

It's a Young Adult Paranormal Romance called 'How the Wolf Lost Her Heart'. It is set two hundred years down the line in a dystopian London where thugs and criminals run the city. Skye Archer is our main character; she happens to be a Morpher (someone who can transform into their spirit animal at will). One day, when she is almost attacked by a gang of thugs, a man called Raphael Renzo comes to her aid. It all kicks off from there. There's romance, action, humour, tragedy and heartbreak, pretty much all rolled into one.

3. What is your current WIP?

I'm working on a couple at the moment, both the sequel and prequel to 'How the Wolf Lost Her Heart'. The sequel is somewhat darker and delves more into the historical side as opposed to the romantic side; by contrast, the prequel is much more light-hearted and also suitable for children. This one throws us right back to modern-day London and tells how Morphers came to exist in the first place.

4. We want to know what your favorite book of all time is!

'The Eagle has Landed' by Jack Higgins, a war novel set during World War II. It tells of a plot to kidnap Winston Churchill and highlights that sometimes there are good men fighting for a rotten cause. It's insightful, clever and powerful. I highly recommend.

5. Who is your current book boyfriend?

Peeta Mellark *giggles*

6. What do you like to do outside of writing?

Eat. I'm a particular fan of fish and meat, particularly sashimi and steak. Also, despite being a rather tuneless crooner, I enjoy some karaoke every now and then. I am half-Filipino and karaoke is an extremely popular past-time among Filipinos; I can't recall a time when we didn't have a karaoke machine in our house!

7. Favorite movie?

Wow, that's difficult. Probably Constantine.

8. Are you a fan of Fifty Shades?

I am an admirer of the success E.L. James has achieved with her books. What writer doesn't dream of their work exploding as a worldwide phenomenon? Incidentally, we come from the same town whereby on a number of occasions I would bump into Mr. E.L James and we would walk our dogs in the local park. When he told me some years ago that his wife was writing a book online, I had no idea it would become the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey series! I applaud their success and wish them the very best.

9. When writing, is there anything you must have? Such a diet coke, coffee, Charlie Hunnam, etc ;)

Tea is often a desirable requirement, particularly white tea. Please don't ever hesitate to talk to me about tea - I find it makes for highly pleasant conversation!
Write. Keep writing. Let the words spill out. The more you write, the better you get.

Focus. I'm one writer who has struggled with distraction for years; sometimes I still do. But like anything worth doing, it takes dedication, hard work and discipline.

Don't be disheartened. You'll get knocked down numerous times, both from people who reject your work to critics who verbally thrash it. You have to keep going anyway - like Teddy Roosevelt said, "It's not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena." Not everyone will love your work - what matters is that you love to write. So don't ever give up.

‘Children were screaming. Buildings burned with unstoppable flames; in the distance, the tall, erect shopping centre that had once been Westfields looked like nothing more than a vast ball of fire. A woman cried out in terrror as she was snatched by a gang of men in balaclavas and dragged into the middle of the road where they proceeded to strip her and brutally defile her. Three men were being repeatedly stabbed by another group of masked men, blood pouring from their wounds and mouths, until they were kicked carelessly to the ground. Thugs yelled wildly with laughter as they doused petrol over the row of shops and buildings, striking matches and flicking them so that the buildings rose up in blazes. A group of thugs, men and women, seized two children who were wailing in the street, slapping them harshly, and throwing them into the back of a van, which drove off amidst the horror. Several men and women could be seen fighting the thugs, but they were outnumbered five to one.

“My Lord, it’s no good! There’s too many of them!”

“Fall back!” commanded Lord Renzo.  “Fall back!”

“Sir – what of the women and children trapped in the cinema?”
“There is nothing we can do … Fall back!”

At that moment, Skye felt Lord Renzo’s pain and she howled in despair.

Lord Renzo and the man who had spoken to him dashed away from the burning buildings and from the terrified screams. To their left, a man screamed at them, pleading with them to save him as he was battered with bargepoles by a gang of masked men. But they kept on going. They could not help him. They would be slaughtered if they remained and then this nightmare would never end. Everywhere they turned, buildings burned, people were being killed, thugs laughed uproariously at the evil they had created; policemen lay dead on the ground in pools of blood while children screamed for their parents; one child was snatched away into the darkness by a masked man; two hysterical girls had been pinned to a wall and several thugs were shooting at them with guns from a distance as though they were playing a sick game of darts; Lord Renzo and his companion kept running, but there was no escaping the terror …’

About the Author:
Sarah Brownlee is a Young Adult and Children's author based in London, England. Her debut YA novel 'How the Wolf Lost Her Heart' is available on Amazon and all good online Ebook retailers and can be viewed here: How the Wolf Lost Her Heart.

Sarah is a prolific freelance writer who has worked for a number of establishments internationally and at home. She has been featured on Konami UK, the Good Web Guide and in the 'Phenomena' magazine which is distributed in the UK, Canada and Russia among others. Her personal blog Outside the Box reaches an international audience, with hundreds of daily readers.

When Sarah is not writing, she can usually be found walking dogs or eating copious amounts of sashimi.

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