Rookie romance writers take mans perspective
Books: Local authors first book Wild Hyacinth to be released Nov. 4
By: John Barlow
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 11:23 am
Sexy, juicy romance novels were a guilty pleasure for a pair of long-time friends who turned their passion into their own book to be released later this fall.
Nola Sarina and Emily Faith co-wrote “Wild Hyacinth” a dark romance novel being published by Crimson Romance and will be available through digital e-book Nov. 4 and in print form later in November.
Being published is a dream come true for the two friends who have been infatuated with romance novels and books about the paranormal.
“There was a lot of screeching when we found out,” said Sarina of being published. “This is really satisfying and it feels great knowing we put our heads together to do this.
“This was a very personal thing to create and we had to look deep inside ourselves.”
“Wild Hyacinth” is indeed quite a personal project as Faith and Sarina elected to take the male point-of-view in the novel as the main character is Asher Chain a wealthy, orphaned man no woman can refuse or survive.
The dup described Chain as an incubus, every woman he sleeps with he kills.
However, things change when Chain falls in love with a woman and when the dark demands of the incubus in his soul demand the life of the woman he must resist her to save her life.
To develop the Chain character the authors had to do some delicate research — meaning they spent many hours grilling their husbands about their perceptions of everything from how a man thinks to what he sees and feels in the bedroom.
Sarina said they put their husbands through some tough times in writing the novel.
“It was a little difficult writing a romance from a man’s point-of-view,” said Sarina. “Our poor husbands. We spent hours interrogating them and asking them questions about things no one wants to talk about let alone see in a book.
“We owe so much to them.”
If anything, Faith said delving into their personal lives and having such open, if uncomfortable, discussions with their spouses certainly helped create better relationships with their husbands.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” said Faith with a laugh.
However, upon reading the book the husbands both said the ladies “nailed it” when it comes to writing from a male’s perspective and how a man thinks and feels.
Not only did Faith and Sarina become closer with their husbands through the process, so did their families.
Sarina and her family live near Cayley and Faith and her family lived in High River until the June flood forced them to evacuate. They found refuge in Sarina’s home where 12 of them lived for several weeks.
The Faith family has since relocated to Vulcan.
Although having a dozen people live in one house was a trying experience, it was a memorable one. Not only did their families develop strong bonds, they also learned their book would be published during those troubled times.
“We were really excited about the book and then the flood hit and we didn’t hear anything,” said Sarina. “All of us were crammed in the house when the contract came through. It was not how we envisioned our celebration, but it was great news.”
It was the culmination of more than a year of work as well.
Faith and Sarina started on the book 18 months ago taking inspiration from some of their favourite romance and paranormal books, television shows and real life.
For six months the pair sat at the kitchen table with a pot of coffee writing out their story line with pencil and paper.
Then over the following year they wrote, edited and rewrote their novel.
Sarina admitted they had concerns about the editing process, but it all worked out.
“To have someone pick apart your work can sting, but because we have known each other for long it was great having two sets of eyes on everything,” she said.
For Faith, her optimism in the project never falters — even when they had to evacuate their High River home until the resettled in Vulcan.
“Every day is one foot in front of the other,” she said. “All we can do is ‘Keep Calm and High River Strong.’”
The “Wild Hyacinthe” will be released on e-book on Nov. 4 and the authors are planning an official book launch on Nov. 9 in Okotoks. A location has not yet been determined.