Monday, 21 November 2016

Author Interview: Rule Breaker by Sienna Snow

Rule Breaker
Sienna Snow

Genre: Romantic Fiction, Erotic Fiction

Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Forever Yours Imprint

Publication date: 1st November 2016

ISBN: 9781455568734

Book Description:

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?

About the Author:

Born in London, England, Sienna Snow moved to the USA at the age of five. From an early age, she learned to balance two cultures, keeping the traditions of the Indian while learning the ins and outs of the American.

Her love of reading started at a very young age with “Beezus and Ramona.” By the time she entered high school, a girlfriend introduced her to Bertrice Small and Jude Deveraux (much to the horror of the nuns at her Catholic school), and an avid romance reader was born.

Writing was her childhood aspiration, but her loving parents encouraged her to seek a “real job.” So, she placed her secret passion on hold and went on to receive two bachelor’s degrees and two masters degrees.

After a prolific career as a management consultant and the completion of her husband’s medical degree, she became a stay at home mom and PTO Goddess.

Sienna has a deep-rooted love for travel and planning vacations years in advance. Her goal is to visit all seven continent in the next ten years.

When she is not writing, traveling, or reading, she spends her time with her husband and two children.

Sienna writes sexy romance, some with a lot of heat and spice and others with a bit of fantasy. Her characters represent strong women of different cultures and backgrounds, who seek love through unique circumstances.


Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I am a combination of plotter and panster. I usually know the conflict or generally, the conflict I want in the story. 
I do a brief character sketch of the heroine, hero, and villain so I can be in the headspace of my characters. Then, I write an overview type synopsis of the book. By this time, there will be a scene that I will have to write first and so I sit down and type. This scene can be anywhere in the book, the beginning, the end, or somewhere in the middle.  After I get the scene out of the way, I take the time to outline the book. This doesn’t mean I will follow it, but it gives me a general roadmap of where I want to go. Finally, I will begin writing the novel, starting with the opening scene.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story? 
I usually let my characters lead, so if a plotted story doesn’t work for my heroine/hero, I will adjust to convey their story to the best of my ability. As long as my characters, GMC (Goals, Motivation, and Conflict) stay clear, I won’t restrict where my characters want to go.
What is your favourite food?
I am a foodie, so my favorite food depends on the day ;-) I am a crazy fan of sushi. I craved it through both of my pregnancies and it was the first meal I ate after I left the hospital. I also love Indian food and Italian food. 
In her thirties, forties, and fifties, my grandmother was well known for her cooking abilities. She taught my mom, who taught me. You name the Indian dish and most likely my mother or grandmother made it of us. I love the flavors and variation of cuisine served in the different regions of India. As a Gujarati girl, I am partial to Gujarati food, but am always willing to sample all types of Indian food.
Italian food is a staple in my house. I love nearly every type of Italian dish. I joke with my husband that if I wasn’t born Indian, then I would have been Italian. During the summer of 2017, I am going to visit Italy while on a family vacation and the thing I am looking most forward to is the food.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I’m both and early riser and a night owl. It all depends. It drives my husband crazy because he thinks we can spend time together at night and all of the sudden, I get the spark to write and abandon him telling him to play Halo on the Xbox.
When I am on deadline, I can wake up as early as 4 am and go to bed as late as 1 am and still function. It is one of those things I’ve done since college. I don’t prefer to do this, but I can.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I love to travel. It is something that is ingrained in me. My goal is to visit all seven continents in the next ten years. The world has so many magical places to see and experience. I am the health and ability to do that now so that is one of my goals. 
2016 was a travel filled year, I visited Norway to see the northern lights, hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, and spend 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 go to Costa Rica and the other is a cruise in Europe going to Spain, France, and Italy.
A few places to go on my bucket list are Antarctica, Galapagos, Australia, New Zealand, Bali, and Iceland.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Yes. In debut novel RULE BREAKER, the heroine and hero, Arya and Max, first met during a service trip to Johannesburg, South Africa. In the second book RULE MASTER, the story starts in Milan, Italy and then moves to Boston. In the third book, RULE CHANGER, the conclusion of the book takes everyone back to South Africa.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Each of my books has the theme song that triggered the story in my mind. It is usually something in the words or the music for a particular song that ignites the premise of my book.
For example, Do What You Want by Lady Gaga, was the song that activated the thought process for outlining my debut novel, Rule Breaker. The story is based around Arya Rey, my heroine, agreeing to a no strings relationship with her ex-lover to protect herself from a broken heart. Arya is willing to let Maxwell Dane, her lover, do whatever he wants to her body but she refuses to give him anything more.
Once I find a theme song, I create a playlist on Spotify, with each song representing a scene in the book. It can be anything from classical symphony music to punk rock.  My personal taste in music is very eclectic so my playlists are too.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
That writing and publishing is a marathon and not a sprint. Everything has its own timing and I can’t rush the process.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I would have started sooner. For years, I wanted to write but never built up the courage to start. I worried too much about being good enough. Now, anytime someone tells me about wanting to write, I encourage them to start right away.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
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 Maried. She had a strength and confidence in her that made me want to be like her. She said many time, 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.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Don’t give up. Even if you have gotten your thirtieth rejection, keep trying. I received 32 rejections before I signed with my agent and then received my three-book contract.
What are three words that describe you?
Happy, positive, driven
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
My favorite book is hard to decide, but if I had to choose one, it would be Jude Deveraux’s KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR. This was the first romance book I ever read and the book that started me on my lifelong love of reading romance. Even know, when I re-read the book, I remember the emotions I felt for the hero and heroine when I was barely fifteen. This book will forever have a special place in my heart.
List of previous books if any:
I have no previous books but the second book in the Rules series, RULE MASTER is set for release on March 7, 2017 and the third, RULE CHANGER is scheduled for release on July 11, 2017;
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web.
To learn more about Sienna Snow, go to or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads

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