Sarah taught me that expression. Did I get it right? I’m thrilled to have Sarah as my guest today. Welcome!
Thanks so much for having me here, Skylar. My new novel, The Unforgiving Minute, is set in the world of professional tennis. It was an absolute blast to write, because it gave me the perfect excuse to go back and watch some of my favourite tennis moments all over again.
1. If your MC came to dinner, what would his favorite meal be?
Ryan would have something reasonably healthy for the first course, but I can’t give you any more detail than that because I’m being deafened by the cries of “Cheesecake!” I guess dessert’s sorted.
2. What makes him happy?
Along with cheesecake, almost anything—Ryan is the most naturally happy and well-adjusted character I have ever written. He’s particularly happy when with friends or out on a tennis court.
3. What makes him annoyed?
When he hasn’t played as well as he’s capable of doing.
4. What was the most difficult part of writing this novel?
Trying not to allow the peripatetic nature of the Tour, with a different setting nearly every week, affect the flow of the story. I hope I succeeded.
5. Did you do a great deal of research? Planning? Or not?
If I tell you I still have spreadsheets charting Josh and Ryan’s opponents, results, points and prize money for every single tournament—even ones that didn’t make it into the book—would that answer the question? I did a lot of research and enjoyed every minute of it!
6. Describe your MC in one word. Why?
Enthusiastic. Ryan is like a big, trusting, gregarious puppy who is eager and excited to experience everything and meet everyone.
7. Without giving away spoilers for the novel, can you share a secret wish of your MC?
To win a Grand Slam and marry Josh Andrews. Not necessarily in that order.
8. What is your next novel about?
Napoleonic spies, gallant English officers and a MC who is adjusting to a life-changing injury. It’s set in London in the early months of 1813. My greatest challenge in writing it was that the MC isn’t overly interested in the intricacies of ladies’ clothing, while I am all about costume porn when it comes to Regency. It’s due to be released in January next year.
9. Do you have a favorite author? A favorite film?
There are so many authors whose writing I admire that picking one is difficult, but I think I have to go with Georgette Heyer (at least, her Regencies; I didn’t enjoy her mysteries or other historicals). I love the world she creates and the humour in her writing.
I don’t have one particular favourite film, but at the moment I’m unable to stop watching The Avengers.
10. What would you tell an aspiring writer to do?
To keep writing—which sounds obvious, but it’s not always easy to do—and also to find someone whose judgement you trust to give you honest feedback.
The Unforgiving Minute
Ryan Betancourt is twenty-four, likes people, loves tennis, and is thrilled to have finally made it to the top tier of the professional tennis world. He’s meeting players he has idolized for years, including his teenage crush, Josh Andrews. But Josh isn’t easy to get to know, and Ryan isn’t ready for the politics and manipulation that come with life at the top.
Sarah Granger is a sucker for a happy ending. She believes, however, that characters will only fully appreciate their happy ending if they’ve suffered along the way.
Sarah lives in the Cotswolds, an idyllic part of the English countryside with gently rolling hills, dry stone walls of golden stone, and fields dotted with sheep. She has shamefully broken with local tradition by not having a rose growing around her front door. When she isn’t writing, Sarah enjoys walking in the countryside with her elderly and affectionate black Labrador.
Sarah loves hearing from readers. Her blog is at http://sarahgrangerfiction.wordpress.com