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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Welcome S M Spencer to "An Author Speaks"!

S M Spencer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a young teenager her mother introduced her to the world of romantic suspense by encouraging her to read the works of authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. These books stirred a passion in her that would last a lifetime—to become a writer. Feeling the need to experience life before embarking on a writing career, Ms Spencer completed a business degree. Her career eventually landed her in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived ever since. Yet her true passion to be a writer never abated.  S M Spencer now writes from her home in the outskirts of Melbourne, where she lives with her husband, horses, cats and dogs.  Her book Destiny is the winner of both the indieBRAG Medallion and Awesome Indies Badge of Approval.

What five words describe you?

Creative, pacifist, tolerant, optimistic and yet, wait for it … one-who-does-not-suffer-fools-gladly.   

 What are you working on at the minute? What is it about?

 I’m working on two books – a contemporary romance, and another that is hard to categorise.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

 I think Jennifer Stone has the perfect look for Lili, with her reddish hair and beautiful dark eyes.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
The Horse Whisperer—because even though I basically liked the story, there were things in that book, that as a horse person myself, really rubbed me the wrong way.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Promotion! The writing is easy, but getting the word out afterwards … not so.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writers block? 

I don’t get it … if I’m in the mood to write, I write. If I’m not, I don’t stress over it.

Where would your dream location be for writing?
 Right where I am now.

When creating characters, are they based on people in your life? 

There are attributes of all the characters that come from people I’ve known, but no character is based entirely on anyone.

 Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad?
Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Sure, I read them, but I don’t respond. As for the bad ones, everyone is entitled to their opinion—but that’s all it is, their opinion.

If you couldn't be a writer, what would you be?

 I can’t conceive of a world where I couldn’t be a writer.

What would you tell your younger self that would have helped you in your writing career?

Trust your intuition.
Where can we buy your work?

DestinyClick Here  When nineteen year-old Lili McIntyre decides to trade her California summer for a mid-winter visit to Australia, it’s in hope of finding inspiration and direction in the country where her father was born.  But when she arrives in Melbourne, the first thing she finds is the last thing she’s looking for—a brooding man who makes her heart race every time she sees him. Against her better judgement, Lili finds herself drawn into a relationship that tests her very beliefs about life, reality and fantasy. But the real test is how to follow her destiny as she faces some of the hardest decisions of her life. Using a modern theme, the author tells an old fashioned love story that you won’t want to put down, even when you’ve finished the last page.

SacrificeClick Here  Lili is in love with Sam. Or is she? Has he simply cast some sort of spell on her? Can vampires do that? Indecision and self-doubt nearly cripple Lili as she contemplates returning to Australia to be with Sam—after all, what does a nineteen year-old California girl know about living with vampires and ghosts? There are many challenges ahead of her, and each time she meets one Lili discovers she is stronger than she thought. But even so, is she prepared to make the hardest decision of her young life, and learn the true meaning of sacrifice? In this second installment of The Absent Shadows Trilogy Lili’s journey continues, across wide expanses of sea and land, as she seeks to confirm true love and fulfill her destiny. 

DeceptionClick Here When Lili has just about given up hope of ever seeing Sam again, unexpected events turn her world upside down, and she finds herself headed back to Australia. But years have gone by—will Sam even want to see her again? And what’s with this new addition to their group? How can a strange woman, who claims to be a dhampira from Spain, arrive unannounced and be accepted so readily? Has jealousy blurred Lili’s vision, or is she the only one that can see clearly? In this final installment of The Absent Shadows Trilogy, Lili must fight for the life she feels she is destined to live, and for those she calls family, even when a new evil threatens to destroy their world. 
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  1. Thank you for having me here on your blog! Sorry I am so late in getting back to you - I was heading overseas when this was posted and I missed it, so I didn't even have a chance to link back to it until now :)

    1. You are welcome.....thanks so much for being a guest!!!!


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