We have author Sandra Harris under the spotlight and she's got a giveaway of her Alien, Mine to one commenter!
Sandra Harris on the web:
Who is Sandra Harris?
Wow, an existential question right off the bat! Well, like a lot of creative people, I am sensitive and I have an over-developed sense of loyalty - as in loyalty to inanimate objects like my car, which I love. :) I've even managed to keep the same man for the past 28 years, but that's probably due more to true love. I am entranced by beauty in all its manifest forms, but especially that of nature. The number of animal charities I donate to equals that of the human ones.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I have to admit that there was no actual ‘inspiration’, merely a cause. Some years ago, my husband and I and some good friends had a pipe dream of sailing the coral coast in a couple of yachts. So we'd need an income. Writing, my friend suggested. How hard could it be? I'd always entertained myself with fantastical stories, though I'd never written them down. Well that was in 1987 and though we haven't yet accomplished the dream, I never stopped writing - though it was relegated to the status of hobby until about four years ago when I began the long road of getting serious about it.
How did you choose your genre?
As is the case with many writers, my genre chose me. I've always been attracted to the 'para' normal and more specifically to science fiction/fantasy. One of my fondest memories is sitting with my dad in front of the tele, weeknights, at six o'clock sharp when the ABC broadcast the early Doctor Who series.
What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
I dreamed a very hot scene of Eugen, my hero, being attracted to Sandrea, the heroine. Of course their being aliens to each other posed all sorts of cultural based questions the two of them would have to overcome in order to achieve their HEA. Also, I feel an inherent need to combine a romance with action and adventure. 'Alien, Mine' is not just a romance set in space. It is two stories, a romance and a rollicking adventure, twined together to become one.
How did you come up with the title?
Oh, wow, there's a question! From start to finish in took several years to write and polish this book. It's working title was 'A Long, Long Way From Home'. Bit of a mouthful, what? My brilliant CP suggested I come up with something snappier and 'Alien, Mine' just popped into my head. I think it's an example of the mind keeping information from all one's experiences and offering up a suggestion when needed.
THE BLUTHEN HAVE ONE CONSUMING PASSION: THEMSELVES.
IN THEIR EXPANSION ACROSS THE GALAXY, THEY WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO DOMINATE SPECIES THEY ENCOUNTER.