About Sabrina Devonshire:
Sabrina Devonshire, an avid swimmer most of her life, can usually be found near or immersed in a body of water. If she’s not seeking an endorphin rush in a pool, lake or ocean, she’s often encouraging people to work out or writing a romantic suspense or magazine article. She received a John Woods Scholarship and an Arizona Commission of the Arts Professional Development Grant toward her participation in a 2007 Prague Summer Program writing workshop. She also studied writing in Arizona and northern California and has a M.S. degree from the University of Arizona. Sabrina loves traveling to off-the-beaten-path places where phones and electronic devices tend not to work well. Peru and Belize are two of her favorites. Sabrina lives in southern Arizona with her husband, two children, and fluffy dog, Sugar.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been inspired by news headlines, National Geographic videos, exotic travel, outdoor adventure activities, people watching and much more.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a pantser all the way. Even if I compose an outline, my stories tend to evolve quite a bit as I write. Even characters tend to have a way of rewriting themselves and I’m willing to just let it happen.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try to imagine how my characters would see the world and handle different situations I’m planning to develop in the story while walking or swimming. Exercise clears my heads and stimulates creative thinking.
What advice would you give other writers?
I recommend plenty of high-intensity exercise, not allowing deadlines to kill your innate love of writing, and developing a very thick skin. This is a brutal business, but if you manage stress and maintain your passion for writing, you will be able to handle the ups and downs that come with the territory.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I am a hybrid author so I have five books published with Extasy Books and have also self-published five titles. I love having a publisher because they handle (and cover the costs for) details such as cover design and editing. I enjoy creating my own books because it gives me total control of the final product. I recommend authors be sure the publisher is reputable because there are a lot of fly-by-night publishers out there and I’ve heard horror stories of people getting burned.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think when it comes to romance titles, ebook publishing will continue to dominate. I also think that in a few years, many of the people who rushed into Indie publishing will disappear once they realize writing is a career, not a “get rich quick” scheme. This will be a positive trend I believe, because it will make it easier for authors who take the time to produce professional work to establish themselves when now it can be difficult to stand out in the mire.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: romantic suspense, erotic romance, erotic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic military romance, erotic Navy SEAL romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print