Welcome back to UTC, Tiffany! We are so very glad to have you back. THE SAINT takes readers back to when Eleanor is a sixteen year old Catholic school girl. What would you say is the major difference we will see in Eleanor now as opposed to what we already know about her as Nora?
Good to be back! Thanks for having me!
The major difference between teenage Eleanor and adult Nora is that teenage Eleanor is still, in a way and despite her prostrations to the contrary, innocent. When she walks into Kingsley’s house and into the middle of an orgy, she’s shocked. She doesn’t know what’s happening. She’s turned on but she’s also scared and confused. That was the most fun part about writing teenage Eleanor is that finally FINALLY we get to see Nora minus her supreme confidence.
Father Soren Stearns both scares me and intrigues me. What do you think makes Soren so sexy?
First of all, he’s not Father Søren Stearns. He’s Søren or he’s Marcus Stearns. He cherishes his Danish name his mother gave him and would never ever associate it with the name his father (who he loathes) gave him. So we’ll call him Søren since that’s what he prefers to go by. Second, what isn’t sexy about Søren? He’s a six-foot-four Nordic god with a huge cock, a giant brain, a dry wit, and a wild libido. Also he’s a Catholic priest which isn’t your usual occupation for a kinky genius. Forbidden fruit is always the sweetest.
Nico, Kingsley’s son was very interesting to read about. Why did you decide to include him in THE SAINT?
I needed him. The story didn’t work until it became a story Nora was telling to someone for a very good reason. And I wanted to know him. Kingsley is so special to me that I needed to meet his son and make sure he was okay. I’m a selfish writer. Everything I write in the books, I write for me.
Your books know no boundaries. But has there ever been a time when you typed a scene out and decided, “No no, I can’t include that.” If so, what happened in it and why wasn’t it something you wanted to share? Is there something that you would never tackle in your books?
Hand to God, the answer is no. I’ve never deleted anything that I thought crossed a line. I’ve deleted things my editor didn’t like but I’ve personally never censored myself. My only self-editing is form and style, not content. One thing I have no desire to include in my books is a rape scene. Yes, Søren has sexual abuse in his past but I don’t put it on screen in the books. Nothing about rape appeals to me as a writer. Consensual sex that is violent and rough and scares both people involved and yet both people enjoy it even if they don’t understand why? Now that’s fun to write.
And lastly, what was the last thing you did that people would consider “Badass”?
I told a Jesuit priest what I do for a living.
EXCERPT: READ THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE SAINT:
In the beginning, there was him.
Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.
But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.
Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.
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