Author: Sharon Wray
Title: Every Deep Desire (Book 2 in the Deadly Force Series)
Genre: Romance (Romantic Suspense)
EVERY DEEP DESIRE
by Sharon Wray
He’s taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves
Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But Juliet must never know the truth behind what he’s done…or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.
It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it’s not just her heart that’s in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined…
Where did you get the idea for EVERY DEEP DESIRE?
I was working on another book and writing in my journal and I ended up writing a scene about a man who’d been unexpectedly released from Leavenworth prison and had come home to find his wife. At the time, I had no idea what the story was about or who Rafe’s wife really was. But I did know it would be a retelling (in the most general sense of the word) of Romeo and Juliet as well as a redemption of the tragedy.
What’s the story behind the title?
My publisher picked the title because all of mine were terrible. But I think it’s perfect for the story and the genre.
No spoiler, but tell us something we won’t find out just by reading the book jacket.
When Rafe returns home, Juliet learns that her husband had joined a secret, current-day private army known as The Fianna who date back to pagan Ireland, during the early Roman invasions in the first century A.D. Irish myths say that the brutal Fianna army was the reason Rome never conquered Ireland.
Tell us about your favorite character:
My heroine Juliet Capel. Her life was torn apart by Rafe’s abandonment and just as she’s put her life back together, he returns. Except now, she’s unable to rely on or trust others which is exactly what she needs to do to save herself and those she loves.
ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS
How long did you take to write EVERY DEEP DESIRE?
I drafted and redrafted this book for a few years, off and on, as I wrote other things. Then I rewrote the beginning and my agent sold this book on proposal in July 2016. Since then I’ve been writing, revising, editing, and proofing this book while writing book 2 in the series.
What kind of research did you do?
Tons. This series is about a group of ex-Green Berets trying to figure out who set up their unit and had them dishonorably discharged. But the brilliant man behind their disgrace is obsessed with history’s greatest mysteries. Each book revolves around an obscure historical fact or event that will eventually tie in to why these soldiers’ lives were destroyed. Despite the research, I fictionalize many things for the sake of the story.
What did you remove from this book during the editing process?
A lot. I removed a bunch of scenes from a secondary character’s point of view. I also removed a complete secondary story line.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both. I do a brief outline of turning points, major scenes, etc. before I start drafting. Then I revise the outline before revising.
What is your favorite part of your writing process, and why?
Revising. Because I love the wordsmithing part more than the story discovery part.
What is the most challenging part of your writing process, and why?
Drafting. I’m not sure why, but figuring out the initial story details is always the most stressful part for me.
Do you have any writing quirks?
Every time I sit down to write, I have a pattern of checking email and a few websites before I write. Then I do the same thing when I’m about to take a break. I don’t do anything with the email or websites, just scan the headlines to make sure the kids don’t need me and we haven’t been overrun by zombies. I get so deeply involved in my stories while I write that the neighborhood would be overrun before I noticed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes novels of suspense, adventure, and love. A wife, mother of twins, caretaker of Donut the One-Eyed Family Dog, she’s addicted to snapping photos and eating Oreos. She’s repped by Deidre Knight and Kristy Hunter at The Knight Agency.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a librarian and was also a wedding gown designer. And I have a one-eyed rescue dog that the kids named Donut.
How did you get into writing?
I’d had twins and had to give up my wedding gown designing gig (as well as turn my sewing room into a nursery). Then the library I was working in closed. I needed a creative outlet that let me stay home with the kids. It was through the Artist’s Way that I realized my love for books, reading and journaling might translate into writing novels.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to spend time with my family and friends, and I love to travel. During the summer, I enjoy gardening even though I’m terrible at it.
Which book influenced you the most?
Jane Eyre. I read it when I was 14, in one sitting, and I was a changed person by the time I finished.
What are you working on right now?
Book 2 (still untitled) in the Deadly Force Series. This book is about Nate Walker, the secondary hero in Every Deep Desire.
What’s your favorite writing advice?
Don’t ever give up on your dreams. It took me over 12 years to sell and almost 14 years to see my book in print. And it was worth the effort and time and patience.
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