Debut Author Spotlight is a Saturday feature at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.

THE AUTHOR

Sarah Tranter is a 39 year old mother of two boys (5 and 8), living in Wiltshire with her very supportive husband. Formerly a Constituency Researcher for a Labour MP, Political Lobbyist and a London PR. Has connections with Bristol (home city, born in S Glos), Leicester (studied for a politics degree); Huddersfield (worked for the town’s MP), London (lived and worked) and Wiltshire (have lived in a village South of Bath for the past 8/9 years). No such thing as…immortality is her first novel. A second, Romancing the Soul (first of another series) is with the NWS of which she is a proud member. Her first (and so far only) attempt at a short story was commended at Winchester in 2011.

THE BOOK

 RELEASE DATE: Jan 2013 | PUBLISHER: Choc Lit | GENRE: Paranormal Romance

I will protect you until the day I die … forever! A vampire does not have to feel any emotion not of his choosing. And Nathaniel Gray has spent two hundred years choosing not to feel. But when he accidentally runs Rowan Locke off the road, he is inexplicably flooded with everything she’s feeling, and that’s rage, and lots of it. He is consumed with the need to protect Rowan at all costs including from himself. To Nate, what is happening is unthinkable and is pretty much as unbelievable as the existence of faeries. But you see, ‘There is no such thing as …immortality.’ This is Nate’s story …

THE INTERVIEW 

What’s NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTALITY about?

It is Nathaniel’s story, written from his point of view. He is one of five vampires who share a relatively peaceful existence on his remote Derbyshire estate. Until that is, he has an impossible car accident and crosses paths with Rowan Locke. From then on in, they must all question the world as they know it.

Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTALITY

Nathaniel Gray (Nate, born 1782, Earl of Ridings) has spent two hundred years in relative peace. Despite sharing his estate with others, he is quite a solitary character. Due to a defining vampire power, he has not had to feel any emotion not of his choosing ― and has chosen not to feel much. The moment he crashes into Rowan Locke, he loses that power. He finds himself not only having to deal with his own feelings and his painful past, but also a highly disturbing connection with the very modern, very volatile, very emotive, Rowan.

Rowan Locke is a thirty-something Public Relations Executive who lives in London. She is intelligent, down to earth, has a quick temper, and returns home to a cat called Tinks each night. Her daily issues are pretty much as you would expect. But the eve of the accident is not a good one for her. She has a disturbing encounter with the client from hell ― and then Nathaniel Gray rams her car off the road and nearly kills her. Rowan’s issues are now nothing like you would expect.

How did you research NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTALITY?

I am a big fan of paranormal and romance of all genres, particularly historical, and read an awful lot. I’m very happy to justify that reading by labelling it research. J Much of the action takes place in London where I formerly lived and my own pre-writing career was in public relations, so that research was done on the job so to speak. I was also involved in a car accident. Obviously not intentional research, but it did provide the starting point for the story. It allowed me to ask, what if? As the characters evolved, I let them loose.

Is NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTALITY the first is a series or a stand alone?

It is the first in the No Such Thing paranormal romance series.

When is your favourite time to write?

Whenever there are no pending interruptions! I have two young children so most of my writing takes place after they are tucked up in bed ― which is getting later and later. The wee hours of the morning are not necessarily my favourite time but needs must.

Where is your favourite place to write?

Again this isn’t a favourite ― I don’t really have much choice. I write at the kitchen table. A very, very long way from ideal. I do hanker after a garden shed though. In fact, stick it in the middle of a wood where no-one but me can find it, and you’d have my favourite place.

What was the last book you read and enjoyed?

The last one? That would be Move Over Darling by Christine Stovell.

Which authors do you admire?

I have diverse tastes. I love Jane Austen ― not very original I’m afraid. American paranormalists such as Sherrilyn Kenyon and J R Ward. On the historicals ― Lisa Kleypas and Sarah McLean spring to mind. Contemporary ― really like Jo Jo Moyes. And then of course there are my fellow Choc Lit authors ― who leave me in awe. They can seriously write!

Describe yourself in five words

Mummy, determined (sounds better than the ‘obstinate’ my husband suggested and because of his other suggestions ‘wife’ no longer features on this list) loyal, wry, lucky. I can’t believe I’m saying lucky. I have never been a lucky person but I consider myself to be very lucky now!

What’s next?

The No Such Thing sequels ― and a new paranormal romance series I’m very excited about. I have just completed book one on that. I could have given you a great answer for the intentional research I undertook for that one!

SARAH TRANTER ONLINE

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Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and speciality teas (Teapigs anyone?). Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

3 Comments


Gemma January 12, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thanks for stopping by. What a great interview! I too love J R Ward and think its an excellent series. Can’t wait for Lover at Last!!!

I have this book on my Kindle. I bought it on a bit of a whim (Before my new years resolutions thankfully or the premise would really have tested me!) Good luck with this and the sequal!!

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Sarah January 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thank you, Gemma! It’s really lovely to be on here. Yep – there is definitely something about J R Ward :)
Delighted you bought NSTAI – albeit on a whim LOL. Very much hope you like it. Thank you for the good luck wishes. S

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thorax232 January 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Great interview. Really give you a look into how the author works.
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