Sweet Fire Release Party – Sarah and Shannen Brady Part 3

January 3, 2015


Welcome back to Sarah and Shannen Brady’s blog party for the release of Sweet Fire! Shannen here, and for the past few years, I’ve been a college student slash romance writer. This is a situation I’ve been in since 2011, and has finally come to an end – I graduated from college, started my first real grown-up job and released Sweet Fire within weeks of each other. It’s been a hectic month, but one for the record books.

As a reader, I always assumed that authors’ characters were completely unrelated to their regular lives. I didn’t think their families, goals, passions and pet peeves pertained to the characters they created. It wasn’t until I started writing fiction that I realized how wrong I was.

I suppose some writers infuse little inspiration from their own lives into their books, but I’ve found that our art imitates life. In Sweet Fire, I noticed that in the scenes Mom wrote, Ramon took on a few characteristics of my father, to whom she’s been married for almost 30 years. (I promise writing with Mommy Dearest is only weird sometimes. More on that later.) We incorporate stories of my and my brother’s childhood escapades and jokes our family tells around the dinner table. Hell, the idea for our (unfinished, unpublished) first book was conceived in an excruciatingly boring lecture class my freshman year of college.

In Aaron and Ramon’s story, one of the things that came through from our real life was the desire to show non-het relationships in a wonderful, touching, successful light. Too often, gay characters in the het novels we were reading, if there were any at all, were relegated to comic relief or faced tragic endings, and that wasn’t acceptable to us. I’m bisexual, and my experiences with that definitely influenced what I wanted to give our characters. I’m fortunate to be working with a mother who is incredibly open-minded, accepting and generally awesome; she was as gung-ho about foraying into m/m as I was, if not more so!

Ultimately, I think that kind of honesty makes the best stories. Romance stories can still be tales of rich lives – sometimes rosy ones, in which the heroine’s hair always looks good, the guy always gets the girl (or the other guy,) and the hero can get it up 5 times a day. And that’s the beauty of it: a Happily-Ever-After is universal! (And so is kissing the frogs. Lots and lots of frogs.)

Speaking of real life, bonus cute pics! Everybody loves puppies. If you don’t, I don’t entirely trust you. And because everyone loves puppies, I’m going to show you pictures of mine. This is Chubbers, or Lil’ Bub. (We only call him Dammit on special occasions.) He’s 1 ½ year old corgi that loves his toy elephant only slightly less than he loves cheese.



Hey, Sarah here butting in:  My “grandchild” pictures at this point consist of hairy little guys with short legs and big ears and I’ve gotten kind of attached to them.  Anyone else have a super cute picture of your four-legged “child” you’d like to share?  We’d love to see them. (And Shannen, I thought his name was Don’tEatThat.)

Speaking of eating, even though there are no pets in the book, a pet picture or funny pet story will get you an entry in the drawing for the goodies. Don’t miss it.


9 Responses to “Sweet Fire Release Party – Sarah and Shannen Brady Part 3”

  1. babybarlow says:

    loved the post and the pic:-))

  2. k13 says:

    It’s always a pleasure to read about writers’ thoughts! Cuteeee picture♥

  3. missy1980 says:

    Thank you for the post..we can’t post pics in here..My last dog died 18 years ago and I remember she used to bite my mom’s socks ..it was like a revenge thing

  4. Susan says:

    My yard is too small for a dog, but if I could have one, it would be a corgi!

  5. Sarah Brady says:

    I’m sorry. I though we’d be able to insert pics. Send me a name and description of your furry “children for an entry in the contest. Shannen’s puppy lives to eat socks and stalks a few special socks that she won’t let him have.

  6. Angela says:

    We don´t have four legged pets but my husband is crazy about fish so we have a big aquarium (fish tank). They don’t have names though we just call them fish :)

    One day my daughter saw a dead fish in our aquarium (yes unfortunatly that happend) and she says Papa, look that fish can swim on his back and pretend he is dead how did he learn that? LOL.

  7. Susan says:

    Since I have such a small yard, my furry children are all feline – Tony the tiger, Maggie the cat, Neve (snow in Italian for a mostly white kitty), and little Lilly.

  8. Trix says:

    I haven’t had a pet in ages, but mine were always eccentric. I had a calico goldfish who always played dead. He barely escaped getting flushed many times, and when he finally did reach The Big Fishbowl In The Sky, I couldn’t tell at first…

  9. JJ says:

    Love the toy elephant with your dog. I had dogs when growing up but not now.

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