Monday, March 17, 2014

Interview with Sonya Weiss, author of Stealing the Groom - Win Prizes!


Title: Stealing the Groom
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Sonya Weiss
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Language: English
Format: Ebook

Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong woman…
Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there’s no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family’s company. But free-spirited Amelia’s at-the-altar groomnapping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends up as the blushing bride instead. Suddenly, with Amelia living in her handsome husband’s home—in his bedroom, no less—she starts to reconsider their strictly platonic arrangement. But Chad’s always been anti-risk and definitely anti-love, and betting a lifetime of best friendship on the chance at forever might be the biggest gamble of all.


How has your upbringing influenced your writing? 

My father was someone who never stopped dreaming.  He wasn’t afraid to chase his dreams no matter what anyone else said about those dreams. He always made life an adventure with a lot of unusual experiences for us and I think that influenced my writing.

When and why did you begin writing? 

I started writing as soon as I could write. Before I ever started school I used to tell the stories I’d make up to my dolls.

What inspires you to write and why?  

It can be different things. Something that I feel, or think or see. Like for instance, I saw a beautiful ad once featuring a man, a woman and a child walking along a sidewalk decked out in holiday lights.  I immediately started thinking of a what-if story about that family.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? 

I feel most comfortable writing contemporary romance and YA.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I’d always written short stories from the time I was little. But after writing part of my high school play, I thought maybe I should write a book. I decided that it needed to be 500 pages—I have no idea why— so that was my goal. I hand wrote that 500 page novel when I was a senior in high school.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? 

Oh…that’s a good one. Self-doubt.  I think the moment a writer begins to write a story, there’s a lot of excitement, but inevitably, the doubts show up.  It’s so easy to give up on that manuscript and move on to one that can give a writer that early excitement.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? 

Oh, yes. That a good editor is worth her weight in gold.  It taught me that no matter how many times you edit, there’s always room for improvement.

Do you intend to make writing a career? 

I would very much like that!

What is your greatest strength as a writer? 

I’ve been told by editors that I write opening hooks and chapter ending hooks very well.

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

My sense of humor.  It can get me into trouble too.  I once came up behind someone I thought I recognized at the grocery store. She’d just sprayed air freshener into the air to test the scent. I started fake coughing and gagging worthy of an Oscar. The woman turned around and she was a stranger. She didn’t look happy either. LOL.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? 

I work too hard. I know that sounds kind of like a humble brag, but I don’t mean it to be. I rarely take a day off. I think it’s easy when you love what you do to get so caught up that you don’t take the breaks you need. But I’m trying to work on that!

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? 

It’s by Nora Roberts and I may not get it exactly right. But it’s “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” Those words were a help to me because it taught me to get the story written and stop starting and stopping multiple stories.


Sonya Weiss publicity photo
From the time she was a child, Sonya knew she was destined to be a writer. If she didn’t like the ending of a book or movie, she would write her own ending. When her children were young, she often wrote stories to entertain them. At the urging of one of her daughters, she submitted a short story and to her surprise and delight, it sold. Sonya loves writing all things romance whether it’s writing contemporary adult or teen fiction and still hasn’t lost the wonder that she gets to do what she loves. She enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and laughter and credits her daughters as being the sweetest blessings in her life.


Pump Up Your Book and Sonya are teaming up to give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card, Chocolates and a 3 Chapter Critique by Agent Nicole Resciniti!

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  • This giveaway begins March 10 and ends on March 21.
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Carl and thanks for stopping by. : - )

  2. Great interview, and I always like it when people tell us their favourite quotes :)

    1. Me, too, Nikola. You should see all the quotes I keep on the board by my desk. They give me lots of encouragement and inspiration : - )

  3. Your premise sounds adorable! Can't wait to read the book.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope when you do read it that you enjoy it.

  4. Great interview! My grandmother used to say, "If you can't laugh at yourself, then laugh at someone else." I love that you recognize the importance of a sense of humor. Looking forward to reading the book. Cool idea (and impressive!) to make it 500 pages.

  5. I hope you enjoy it : - ) I've seen your blog-very funny content on there!! Loved the Barbie/frat house LOL. Too funny.

  6. Your book sounds cool and funny! Awesome interview too!

  7. Great interview, sounds like a fun read :)