About Sabrina York
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 30 hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance. Connect with her on Twitter, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/free-teaser-books/ Get updates and alerts from Sabrina here: HotSheet Sign Up.
Q: At what point did you decide to make writing a profession? What got you started in the industry?
A: I decided I wanted to be a writer in the 6th grade when I won an essay contest. “Yeah, this is easy,” I thought. It took many years and lots of practice to reach my goal of being a published author. What got me started in the Romance industry was my absolute love and passion for romance stories written by my favorite authors. I wanted to be like them.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing my whole life, but I didn’t finish my first romance novel until 1999 and my first book (not the same one!) was published in 2012.
Q: What is your genre?
A: All my published works at this time are Romance (contemporary, historical, fantasy) but I also write women’s fiction, sci fi and fantasy. I love to explore stories of all kinds! My romances are usually a little steamy, a lot snarky and have a happy ending.
Q: If you could write in any other genre, what would it be?
A: I already do! I love sci fi and women’s fiction!
Q: Where do you get your plot ideas?
A: They come to me in the night. And when I’m in the shower. And on the toilet. They are very uncooperative like that. I keep a pen and pad by the bed and scribble them down before I lose them to the trails of my dreams.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: It’s usually the excitement for the story that inspires me. That, and the characters, who demand I write faster. ☺
Q: Do you have a favorite “brain food,” a.k.a. snack food, when writing?
A: I don’t eat when I’m writing, but I do take turmeric, which is supposed to enhance brain function.
Q: How do you approach a difficult scene? Do you tackle it head on or take time to mull it over?
A: A difficult scene needs mulling. I usually have the story plotted out, so I know how most scenes need to flow, but occasionally, we go off road. When I hit a wall, I know there is something wrong with my underlying plot, and I need to analyse it. The best advice in writing a scene is: Do what you do for a reason. That helps work through stalls, because you have to know WHY as well as what and how.
Q: In general, how many drafts and edits do you go through per novel?
A: Good lord. I usually plot the book and then write it in one draft. But editing it is another story. As many as it needs…
Q: Because the writing process is all-consuming, how do you re-energize yourself and gear up for the next novel? Do you take time off?
A: I’m usually working on 3-6 stories at the same time. I find taking time off knocks me out of the zone, so I try not to. For example, I just got back from a two w