Thursday, August 6, 2015

Olivia Bersell, Author of Under the Burning Sun

Today we are interviewing Olivia Bersell about her romance/suspense novel "Under the Burning Sun."

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was raised on a sheep and cattle station. In one sentence. The simple things in life are the things that really matter to me.

Describe the plot of your new book in a few sentences.
It’s a suspenseful, romantic story of a love between Ethan and Amarin, and how they overcome all the barriers that threaten to keep them apart.

Who do you think would most appreciate this book?
People that enjoy romance with a real story behind it.

What inspired you to write a romantic story about two very different people?
I’m of mixed race. The experience’s I had growing up is probably why I made the two main characters totally opposite to each other.

Tell us a bit about the protagonists.
Amarin, she’s head strong, spunky, vulnerable and funny in a quiet understated way. She believes in family values

Ethan he is moral and kind. Because of his personality, his romance with Amarin manages to be both sexually charged at the same time that it’s sweet and fresh.

What are some of the challenges the protagonists face in their relationship?
Their cultural backgrounds, interference from people that love or dislike them.

Are there any authors who have influenced your writing style?
There are several I like, but to be honest… not really

Tell us about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.
In a nut shell the story is broadly based on my upbringing and the experience’s I had growing up on a cattle station.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of eBooks?
I think they have reached their peak. In all honesty I feel there is a slight decline in popularity.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
To keep on writing

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?

Writers block. 

What do you have in mind for your next project?
Haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

An excerpt from "Under the Burning Sun":
The night sounds were so entertaining that Ethan’s attention was piqued. This was all a new experience for him and he wanted to savor every minute of the drive. But before long his eyelids fluttered closed and he drifted off to a faraway place in his past, which took him back four years; a dream he’d had before.
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Buy "Under the Burning Sun" on Amazon

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