What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
The very first book I wrote was entitled Brutal Indifference. It was a psychological thriller that was much darker than the stuff I write today. I’ve always loved suspense/thriller fiction so when I decided to write a book it seemed like a logical choice.
Can you tell us about your work including titles and share your amazon links?
I have over 50 titles that run the gamut from sci fi/fantasy/paranormal through mystery/romantic suspense and even an adult fairy tale. As s.i. decker, I’ve also written a young adult fantasy.
Since I have so many titles I won’t list them all, but what follows is a sample, along with the book pages from my website, which include all my titles:
Series Titles Single Titles
Dark Paranormal: Tall, Dark & Apocalyptic, http://www.amazon.com/Tall-Dark-Apocalyptic-Sam-Cheever-ebook/dp/B00L5OIT0I
Romantic Suspense: Honeybun Heat Series, Book 1: A Honeybun and Coffee http://www.amazon.com/Honeybun-Coffee-Heat-ebook/dp/B00EZRUSOW
IR Romantic Suspense Novellas: Honeybun Fever Series: http://www.amazon.com/Honeybun-Fever-Box-BWWM-Romance-ebook/dp/B00GY4OTHQ
Cozy Paranormal Mystery: Yesterday Mystery Series, Book 1: Yesterday’s News http://www.amazon.com/Yesterdays-News-Yesterday-Mysteries-Cheever-ebook/dp/B009R9B7LG
Erotic Paranormal: Dancin’ With the Devil Series, 2nd trilogy, Book 1: The Devil You Know http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Know-Dancin-Book-Four-ebook/dp/B004ASOR66
Erotic Paranormal: Chasing Eros Series: http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Eros-Box-Set-Cheever-ebook/dp/B00LH2YAKQ
Erotic Paranormal Novellas: Holidays Are Hell Series, Book 1: Devil Under the Mistletoe http://www.amazon.com/Holidays-are-Hell-Devil-Mistletoe-ebook/dp/B00BEKD4E4
What drew you in to the romance genre?
Although I didn’t start out with the intention of writing romance, I’ve always gravitated in that direction. Since I prefer to have at least the possibility of romance in the books I read, I naturally started adding it to my writing. After my first book was published with Ellora’s Cave, I realized there was a huge and hungry audience out there looking for stories that included a hefty dose of romance. I was happy to oblige them! Now, even my cozy mystery stories have a romance thread in them, though it’s definitely of the sweet rather than sizzling variety.
Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
Absolutely! I can enjoy a great story that doesn’t include romance, but it always adds an extra level of pleasure to my reading when there’s a romantic element. In the same way, I can write a story without a strong romantic element, but I always insert at least the possibility of future romance. I can’t seem to help myself. LOL However, I don’t always write super hot. I don’t believe every story requires that level of heat. Some stories develop as sweet or sensual romance stories and I’m perfectly fine with that.
Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
I have 12 dogs. #:0) Nope, that’s not a typo! My husband and I rescue dogs and give them the forever homes they lost or never had. It’s a very satisfying and rewarding hobby and I love nearly every minute of it! Cleaning up poo in the house isn’t exactly fun times. LOL But the dogs give us endless hours of love and entertainment and we treasure our time with them.
Are you excited to be a part of the upcoming Ropin Romance event?
I really am. I’ve met so many great new friends on Facebook through these parties and I always have a ton of fun.
What do you do to help with writers block?
If I’m blocked it’s usually because I’m not sure what direction to go with my story, so I’ll stop writing and plot out the rest of the book. That generally gets me going again. If that doesn’t do the trick I walk away from it for a while. I’ll take the dogs for a walk or catch up on my cleaning. There’s nothing that inspires my muse more than cleaning toilets. She and I will do anything to avoid it! LOL
If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be?
Yikes! I torture my characters with this question all the time…but this is the first time it’s been turned on me! LOL Okay, here goes:
Prolific, dedicated, and fun-loving
What is your author pen name and do you have more than one?
Yes, I do have multiple personalities! bwahahaha I write mainstream fiction as Sam Cheever. I write YA as s.i. decker. And I write m/m romance as Declan Sands.
If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
Definitely Kresley Cole. She writes fun, fast-paced paranormals that I devour like chocolate. Her characters are snarky and fun—the interactions between them, especially between the H/H, are always entertaining.
Since many of the readers that will be seeing this interview and participating in the takeover will be new fans. If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
This one is easy because I have the description in my short bio #:0)
Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.