UTC has been following Ms. Hayes writing for a while now and we are very excited that we were able to ask her a few questions for the release of her second Finding Anna book. NEED released just yesterday, you can read our review here. But now help us welcome Sherri Hayes to UTC!
What can we expect from Need, the second book in your Finding Anna Series?
In Need, Brianna is confronted with the reality that she’s not a slave anymore, that she’s free. She has to figure out, not just what that means for her, but for her and Stephan as well.
What research did you need to do for your Finding Anna Series? What made you think of writing a book based in BDSM?
I had to do quite a bit of research for the series. Staring out, I knew next to nothing about BDSM. I’d read a few online stories, but that was about it. I started with online research, and then as I continued writing, I met some people in the lifestyle, and would run things by them when I needed to. There is one chapter in Need where I spent almost eight hours on Skype with a Master going over every detail to make sure the phrasing and positioning was right.
Reading Slave and Need was very emotional, did you find it the same when you were writing it?
Yes, especially writing Brianna’s point of view. She makes me tear up often.
Brianna has survived a lot of trauma and has barely made it out intact, and seems very fragile. How did you know when to push her to do more with Stephan, without it looking like he is taking advantage?
It had a lot to do with Brianna herself. Aside from the initial kissing, Brianna has been the one to push more, in my opinion, than Stephan. He may have initiated things, but he’s also always willing to stop, step back, and give her more time or whatever else she needs. I think his willingness to do just that has also helped in it not appearing that he’s taking advantage.
How many books are you planning in the Finding Anna series and have you got it all planned out?
There are four books planned. I don’t outline my stories, however, I do have a rough plan in my head on what is going to happen in the next two books.
Will you ever be writing a book showing us Lily and Logan’s story?
Doubtful. I love Lily and Logan, but they’re story hasn’t called to me like Stephan and Brianna’s.
Can you tell us what your plans are for the Daniels Brothers Series?
I just finished writing the second book in that series, Red Zone. It’s with my editor right now, and I’m hoping it will be out the first part of next year. Red Zone is Chris’s youngest brother, Gage’s story. I had a blast writing it. Gage stole my heart completely, and Rebecca is perfect for him.
Give us a sneak peek into the day of an author! Do you have a set schedule to write, or do you write when inspiration strikes?
My writing schedule varies depending on what else is going on with my life. I do, however, try to write at least one thousand words on most days, unless I’m editing, and then that takes priority.
Who are some of your favorite authors, and what books of theirs do you recommend we give a whirl?
I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series. Jamie Fraser has to be one of the best romantic hero’s ever written. With what said, Alexander from The Bronze Horseman Trilogy comes a close second in my opinion. I think both of these series are must-reads. I also happen to like Susan Andersen, but I prefer her earlier work. My favorite is Shadow Dance, which I believe was her debut novel.
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