Tonight, on Friday Night Drinks, I am joined in my virtual bar by romance author….Sasha Lane.
Sasha, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Gin and Tonic, and it has to be rhubarb gin!
I love rhubarb gin, so I think I will join you. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out? (We can but dream of that day!)
I love the Cloud 23 Bar at the Hilton on Deansgate in Manchester. Although I live in South Yorkshire, not Manchester, this bar has a panoramic view of the city, and where you visit it by day or by night, the view is always amazing.
This definitely looks like somewhere I need to visit when life gets back to normal! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
I love to have a drink with Marilyn Monroe. I bet she’d be great fun and we could learn a thing or two from her. She absolutely rocked it! And Justin Timberlake, because I’d love to watch him dance all night – I saw him in concert two years ago and was amazed at his dance moves, plus he’s pretty cute – I could easily hang off his arm all evening!
So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
After a hectic end to last year – I launched my fourth book two weeks before we moved house! – I’m trying to find a bit more time to read books and to work on my next project. I’m working on a new book and am trying something a bit different to my usual novels. Having written a series, I’m now working on a kid of ‘girl turns detective, chick lit crime book’. This is me trying to combine two of my loves. I’d love to write serious crime novels, but my writing style is far too lighthearted. I read Nancy Drew books as a kid and want to write something along this theme where it’s crime related but still capturing some humour and romance.
Sounds fantastic, I loved the Nancy Drew books. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
When I did my first book signing at WHSmith in Meadowhall shopping Center they said I had outsold some of the celebrity authors they had recently had in store and immediately asked me to book back in for another signing date with them. I was overwhelmed.
I think the marketing has been the biggest challenge as it’s led me to do things that were way outside of my comfort zone. I’ve done so many public speaking events, recorded radio interviews, live radio interviews etc that I would never have dreamed I would have done as I’m actually quite shy so this took some confidence to do.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I’d love it if one of my books was made into a movie! I know it might seem like a cliché but I’d really like to see the characters I’ve created come to life, other than just in my head where they, of course, are very real!
Well, as an avid reader, I can tell you that I’m sure your characters come to life in your readers’ heads too! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
My favorite place I’ve been is New York – I fell in love with it the minute I got off the plane. The whole place just feels magical, and you don’t have to be doing anything special to feel in awe of New York. I loved just grabbing a take away coffee and strolling around Central Park watching the world go by. I loved New York so much that I write about it in both my first book, Girl Conflicted, and again in the third book, Girl, Unconventional.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I have a 2:1 BA Honors degree in Criminal Justice which I completed via online distance learning in my early thirties. I love Criminology and have done from a really young age – I’m not sure what that says about me! I’m just as likely to have my head in a crime novel as I am a romance one.
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
I read The Runaway by Martina Cole about 20 years ago. This was the first book I read of hers, and in my opinion, the best. It’s not an easy read but you go through every emotion. No matter how many times I’ve read this book it’s probably the only book that I will still gasp out loud at, and shed a tear while reading, even though I know exactly what will happen at the end.
You can’t run for ever.
All that prostitute’s daughter Cathy Connor and drunkard’s son Eamonn Docherty want to do is escape their grim childhoods in London’s East End. And soon events turn so dangerous they are left with no choice but to flee. Cathy to the red lit streets of Soho, Eamonn to the high ranks of gangland New York.
Now she’s a hardened survivor, he’s Gotham’s most ruthless villain, and their paths are about to cross once again…
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Drink a bottle of water before bed. If all else fails, although it will be agony, I go for a 20 minute run and have a fruit and protein smoothie to try to kill of cure my hangover!
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Relaxing at the spa having some ‘me’ time – a facial, massage, and of course, a good book!
Sounds fantastic and relaxing! Sasha, thank you so much for joining me, I’ve really enjoyed our chat and finding out more about your work.
Emma is turning forty, and that’s when everything in life falls in to place, right? Apparently not.
As Emma moves into a beautiful new house with her lovely boyfriend, Joe, she feels that life couldn’t get more perfect. But perfection is short lived as Emma’s friend’s relationships all start falling apart at the seams, with adultery and mid-life crisis wreaking havoc.
Joe is also given a promotion at work meaning he is away from home in London, leaving Emma alone and under pressure to keep everything together.
Joe‘s new found love for life in the big city, and his close relationship with his new work colleague, Karen, leave Emma questioning everything.
Is she destined to follow in the footsteps of her friends, or will she and Joe stand the test of time?
A proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sasha Lane lives in Barnsley and works full time in the finance industry but writes in her spare time, allowing her imagination to have a whole lot of freedom as she writes Chick lit novels. They’re romantic comedies with a hint of darkness.
She tries to create characters that are everyday women so hopefully readers can find something about their personality or lifestyle that they can relate to and fall in love with them as much as she has while writing about them.
The idea behind her books is to show the challenges of everyday women trying to balance jobs/careers, with family, friends and relationships. It’s hard, and sometimes you have to laugh at yourself, which the main character, Emma, does, but she also wanted to show how important friendship is too at keeping us all sane!
She loves writing romance with twists and turns, but of course, with a happy ending!
Please come back next Friday for another virtual night out with…Carol Thomas. See you then.