5 QUESTIONS WITH DEBUT AUTHOR SIENNA SNOW

on November 5, 2016

Today I was fortunate enough to have a Q&A on Readers Entertainment.  This fun Q&A will give you insight into what drove me to write the Rules of Engagement Series.

 

Sienna Snow’s debut novel, Rule Breaker, came out November 1, and readers and critics alike are raving about this talented, new author.

Q:        What inspired you to write Rule Breaker?

A:        I was tired of reading books where the rich and smart billionaire introduces the naïve girl to an alternative lifestyle. I wanted to write a book where the women were well educated, healthy and chose the lifestyle they lived.

Q:        How did you decide to put a twist on the billionaire hero trope for your series?

A:        I had read a series of books where the hero is the wealthy and successful entrepreneur and the female came from rags or close to nothing. It annoyed me that women were placed in a socio-economic disadvantage to their love interest. So I decided that in my books, the females would be as or even more successful than their love interest.

I feel if the females are in a place of power, then the focus can remain on the love story between the couple.

Q:        Rule Breaker features strong, confident, highly educated, accomplished women. What women served as role models for you?

A:        The first person that comes to mind is my mother. I grew up in a very traditional Indian home, where my father was the head of the house and ruled with an iron fist. My mother showed strength, no matter what the situation or issue we had at home. She was the driving force for me to get an education and for me to break the mold of get married young, have lots of babies, and let your husband dictate your life.

The next person who comes to mind is my Catholic school principle, Sister Marie. She had a strength and confidence in her that made me want to be like her. She said many times, her ability to handle any situation comes from God. She would also tell me people can take away things but they can’t ever take away your knowledge.

The last person I will mention is my Aunt Bhavini. She is the epitome of smart, well educated, and confident woman. She is an international software development and implementation consultant. From the moment she married my uncle, she pushed me to seek my education and dreams. She wouldn’t let any naysayers bring her down. She was my main inspiration for pursuing my Masters degrees.

Q:        Please tell us about your rich cultural heritage. (You were born in London and moved to the U.S. at age five, but tell us about your Indian heritage.)

A:        My heritage is Indian, Gujarati to be exact. Growing up, my family was very traditional. They observed all religious holidays and Indian festivals. We spoke our native tongue in our home, though, I never learned to read or write Guajarati.

I love the simple traditions and of course the food. My grandmother was considered a chef, and she taught my mother. There was never a shortage of food. The rule in our home was, from the moment a guest walks in to the moment they leave there is food for them to eat. I’ve carried on this tradition with my family and friends.

Q:        The characters in Rule Breaker are well traveled. Is that a reflection of you and your experiences? Do you and your family travel often, and, if so, where do you go?

A:        Traveling is something that is deep-rooted in me. My goal is to visit every continent in the next ten years. 2016 was a travel filled year. I visited Norway to see the northern lights, hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, and spent a week swimming with my family on Guana Island, a small island in the British Virgin Islands.  For 2017, I have booked two trips so far. First is to Costa Rica and the other is a cruise in Europe going to Spain, France, and Italy.

The places my characters travel to are all places I’ve visited. I feel like it is a small piece of me that I can add into the fictitious lives of my heroines and heroes.

To find out more about this book or the author, visit www.SiennaSnow.com, and connect with the author on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsiennasnow/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sienna_snow

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/BySiennaSnow/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15076071.Sienna_Snow?from_search=tru

 

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Today is Release Day for RULE BREAKER!!!

on November 1, 2016

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Today is Release Day for my Debut novel RULE BREAKER!!! I cannot believe it is finally here. After three years of pursuing my dream, I can say I’m a published author!

This journey has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but even with all the hard work, I wouldn’t change a thing. What I’ve learned on this journey is that publishing and writing is a marathon, not a sprint.

Now on to learning more about RULE BREAKER.

RULE BREAKER is the first book in a three book series following the lives of three best friends (Arya, Milla, and Carmen). These women are smart, strong, confident, and billionaires in their own right.

In this first book, you’ll meet Arya Rey, a brilliant software designer who spearheaded the creation of the first female-founded billion-dollar technology company. To the outside world, she is the ice queen, but behind closed doors, she sizzles.

Order your copy today!

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Below is a quick synopsis of the book:

She controls a technology empire. He controls her.

At just twenty-eight years old, Arya Rey has become queen of the tech world. While she is highly respected as a philanthropist and fearless businesswoman, no one would suspect that beneath her controlled exterior simmers a private passion. A desire never spoken of in Boston’s elite social circles. A need for submission, for satisfaction, for the kind of exquisite pleasure that can only be provided by one man . . . her billionaire ex-lover Maxwell Dane.

It’s been five years since Max and Arya last met. Five years that they’ve longed for the feel of each other’s skin. Max always takes what he wants, and he wants Arya back. But it’s more than the memory of her broken heart that makes her resist. During their time apart, Arya has collected secrets of her own. She can give Max her body, but can she give him the truth?

Mommy do you write children’s books ?

on April 6, 2016

 

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“Mommy do you write children’s books?” is the question my baby girl posed to me while getting ready for school.

This this where my dilemma started: tell my daughter the truth, mommy write sexy erotic romance novels. Which would result in more questions than I am prepared to answer. Or tell her a half-truth, mommy writes romance. This way when she tells her teacher and her friends in our over the top, super conservative community in Texas, I won’t have a lynch mob at my door.  
No seriously, I love my community. They act all shocked to my face but are the first ones to order the 50 shades or the crossfire books.

Now back to the topic. The half-truth I told my daughter satisfied her curiosity and she went back to happily preparing for school. Eight hours later, after a busy day filled with fourth grade academics, my sweet baby returns home with more questions.

She sat down at the kitchen island, gave me a stern face, and announced that she told her teacher that I had a book deal and that I will achieve my dream of having my book out by forty.  (Great my age is now public record ?) She elaborated by saying her teacher wanted to know what kind of romance. She told her she didn’t known and would find out.

So here it came, the question I didn’t want to answer.

“Mommy what kind of romance do you write?”

I looked straight at her and said, “The kind with kissing.”

To that, she turned her nose up and responded, “Like the way you kiss daddy?”

“Yes.” (I have a hot husband, I like kissing him)

“Are there any kids in your books?” (How do we jump from kissing in the books to kids? The random thoughts of a nine year old.)

“No”

“Will you write one with kids in it? Just don’t make them kiss?”

To which I responded, “Sure, one day I will write a book with kids in them.”

“Can you give them my name?”

“Of course. I’ll even name one after your brother.”

“Okay, mommy.” She jumps up. “One day I am going to write a book too. But it is going to be about gems and bugs.” With that, she happily went off to start her homework and she hasn’t asked any more questions the type of writing I pursue.

As I sit and write, I feel a sense of foreboding regarding future conversations that won’t be satisfied with vague answers.  I dread the day she realized mommy writes books with not just kissing but sex, lots of it.

*Sigh*

However, I won’t linger on those thoughts too long. I will enjoy my short-lived reprieve where my girl believes God put her in my belly because I married her dad.  Yes, I know this view is about to crash and burn but I am prepared. I went through it with my son and my plan is to make it so technical, honest, and detailed that she loses interest in the subject.
Wish me luck on my not so realistic plans!