Welcome back to the second week of the new Friday Feature here on The Dirt blog. This week, allow me to introduce you to Sarah Ballance, a multi-tasking mom who makes all my personal excuses about writing time look really, REALLY lame, with all she accomplishes in one day. A big thank you for coming over to the blog, Sarah! Now, let's get the ball rolling....
Who are you and why are you here?
Hi, all, and thanks so much for having me here today! In addition to this authoring gig—which is the second most amazing job in the world—I’m a homeschooling mom to six adorable, rotten kiddos ages 3—15. (If you’re wondering, the parenting thing number one on the list of amazing jobs.) My husband and I have been married now over sixteen “long, long years” (I assume he says that with love) and live on the mid-Atlantic coast, where we spend as much time as possible on a boat—preferably without the kids, but don’t tell them we said that. LOL.
Tell us a little about your current work:
My first historical romance, HER WICKED SIN, released in September from Entangled Scandalous. Here’s the blurb:
SALEM, MA 1692
On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight….
Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.
Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply…away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse…and claiming her bed.
Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little too real. As their lies become truths, a witch hunt closes in on Lydia, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but her life.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on book two of the Sins of Salem series, as well as a contemporary romance for Entangled’s Indulgence line. Once those are turned in, it’s on to book three!
Something most people don’t know about you?
My husband and I unexpectedly had our sixth baby *after* my tubes were tied. SURPRISE!
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Between the ages of 18 months and two years I used to take off my clothes and run around outside naked. We lived on a small farm so it’s not like the neighbors were gawking—nor do I have any idea why I’d do such a thing—but apparently I had an adventurous streak because during that same time period I climbed up on the roof…naked.
High school: Your glory days or a hell you couldn’t escape fast enough?
Somewhere in the middle. I had straight As, graduated sixth in my class, and started my freshman year of college while I was a senior in high school. I had great friends, ran track, and didn’t hate it, but I was so much happier out of high school than in.
Worst job you’ve ever had?
I volunteered with a small animal veterinarian for a few months in high school, and while I loved the job it was absolutely brutal on hot, rainy days when people brought in their dogs. Put a wet dog in a small room on a warm day and throw in a heavily perfumed owner and the smell was horrid. (We had air conditioning, of course, but didn’t keep it cold on rainy days so the animals wouldn’t get chilled.)
Strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
I’m not exactly adventurous in the food department, and my two most, erm, memorable meals happened when I was 15 on a trip to Spain. My very first meal in the country was paella. It’s a rice dish, which seems innocent enough, but there were a number of critters in it. Full bodied critters—beady eyes and with antennae waving in the breeze brought on by the ceiling fan. I don’t eat seafood (or anything with its face still attached), so I was mortified. Then a couple of days later in a tapas bar I got what I thought were onion rings, but I was so wrong. Fried squid rings. I actually ate those and they were good, but I don’t think I’d eat them again—at least not on purpose.
About Sarah Ballance:
Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). Though she adores romantic suspense, she writes in many genres. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found at http://sarahballance.com.
Links ahoy! Facebook, Twitter, website, blog, purchase links— List where we can find you and/or your work.
If you’d like to check out HER WICKED SIN, you’ll find a smexy excerpt at Entangled and buy links @ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Goodreads. And if you like haunted asylums, my supernatural novella RUBY HILL is now available from Entangled Publishing for just 99 cents. Go scare yourself up a copy!
You can find me at my blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.