Welcome to Author Spotlights on Mondays! This week's guest is Bellann Summer. Besides sharing a peek at her upcoming release, she's agreed to an interview and is giving away a copy of Tyler's Transformation to one lucky commenter who tells us what her favorite horse is! Release day is Thursday, May 29!!!
Buy Link: https://www.bookstrand.com/tylers-transformation
Me: What inspired you to write your first book?
Bellann: There were many factors. It was at a time when I was at loose ends in my life. I heard a song on the radio that said, “Do what you want to do. Just let the words fall out. Say what you want to say…” It talked about being brave. I thought that maybe it was time for me to try.
Me: Do you see writing as a career?
Bellann: I believe so. I hope so.
Me: This book is the first in a new series. Do you prefer to write single title or series? Why?
Bellann: I prefer to write series. I find that when I am writing a new book, other characters jump up and down, waving their hands in the air screaming, “Tell my story, tell my story!”
Me: Give us some insight into your main character. What makes him/her special?
Bellann: My main character in Tyler’s Transformation is Tyler, the guy that everyone hated and who betrayed Tony in my Rescue for Hire series. Tyler is a professional baseball player. He has been playing ball since he was three years old. His family, coaches, agent and team have pushed him to not only immerse himself in baseball, but uphold a certain image. This does not include having a boyfriend.
He buckled under pressure and betrayed his lover Tony in a horrible way. Now he has had enough and finally stands up for himself. Only five minutes later, his whole world comes crashing down. He is faced with not only never playing baseball again, but being permanently disfigured.
The book is his journey to make a life he can truly live in. Of course he finds a big, hunky, cowboy that is quite kinky to help him. I had so much fun having Graham blow Tyler’s mind in the bedroom. Over and over again.
Me: Is there a message in your novel you hope to convey to your readers?
Bellann: I wanted to remind everyone that we all have done something that we knew was wrong and did it anyway. Also, when we decide to dislike someone because of the way they act, sometimes we need to remember there are two sides to every story.
Me: I love a good conflict. What draws your main characters to each other and keeps them apart?
Bellann: Chemistry drew them together right away. Then they became a team to face some terrible challenges. As Tyler fell deeper in love with Graham, he became worried that Graham would find out what he had done to Tony. The secret began growing into a bigger problem the longer Tyler kept it.
Me: How did you come up with the title?
Bellann: I finished the book and had no title. Then I realized that from the beginning to the end Tyler had transformed and grew into a different person. Hence, Tyler’s Transformation.
Me: What’s your favorite sub-genre (contemporary, sci-fi, etc.) to write? To read?
Bellann: To read I like paranormal and BDSM. To write I like to include action.
Me: I usually get plot ideas in the shower and while driving. When/where does inspiration strike you?
Bellann: Since I have started writing, I have not had a peaceful shower. The minute the water starts, the story starts telling itself. If I don’t hurry and get to the computer I forget all of the great dialog that just flowed through my mind.
Me: What new stories are you working on?
Bellann: Tyler’s Transformation is book 1 of The Men of the Crazy Angle Ranch series. I am currently working on book 4 and hope to have it submitted to Siren soon. Book 5 is going to be about the veterinarian of the ranch. I’m not sure if that’s the last one of the series or not. The characters haven’t told me yet.
Bellann Summer lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband and children surrounded by lakes and woods. In the summer Bellann enjoys fishing, camping, gardening and growing flowers. Autumn is spent out in the woods exploring the beautiful colors and nature at its finest. In the winter there is ice fishing, snowmobiling and sitting in front of the wood fireplace. She has always loved to read and any free time is spent with a book in her hand. When major life changes occurred, she decided to try writing what she liked to read. And it worked.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J2GL7YG
Remember to comment about your favorite horse for a chance to win a copy of Tyler's Transformation! Enter by midnight EDT on Wednesday, May 28!
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