Author Interview with Sasha Marshall @SashaMarshall13

11090940_551988008275183_901200141133593749_oSasha is an indie author who loves to write romance novels with an edge. She appreciates bad boys with tattoos and lickable bodies. I mean, what woman doesn’t?

She has a degree in history and thought about joining the U.S. Marshal Service when she graduated, but she chose to work with troubled youth instead. Shooting people wasn’t really appealing, there’s a lot of paperwork to fill out.

She loves animals and secretly prefers them to most humans… or not so secretly because it’s on the website now so it’s out there. She traveled with well-known rock acts as a photographer during her undergraduate work and wants to clarify that she was not a groupie. Groupies wait in the wings hoping to get a night with one of the guys, she was a rock princess. She traveled right along with the guys hopping from tour bus, to plane, to hotel, to venue.

Sasha settled down and married Dane, who’s her favorite idiot in the world. He is a true partner-in-crime, and sometimes their dialogue appears in her books. They both have a lot of Kip in them. Dane is a musician and Sasha loves to fan girl on him, so I guess she’s now his groupie. And, yes ladies he’s covered in tattoos. She often gauges a man’s attractiveness by the amount of tattoos he’s sporting. She’s currently attempting to talk Dane into recording some of the songs she wrote in the books, but her persuasion techniques are seriously lacking. You should drop Dane a line to encourage him. Cleavage shots work well with him, and she’s giving you permission to fan girl him if it gets the job done.

She reads a lot and has lots of favorite authors, but tends to stick to indie books. She’s a nocturnal ninja, and frequently throat chops Dane when he snores. What? She’s a light sleeper and his snoring messes with her beauty sleep. This is entirely his fault, her martial art skills in a king sized bed are obviously a reaction to his action.

Sasha has three dogs who think she is their own personal human. She spoils them a little. Her American Bulldog is deaf and marches to the beat of his own drum. He’s part goat and part monster, eating inedible items such as bricks and destroying things when Sasha ignores him.

He is particularly fascinated with her socks and shoes. She frequently addresses him as “asshole” when he does these things. She also has a Miniature Schnauzer who has amazing old man eyebrows and a magnificent beard. He recently began fantasizing about being a troll as he likes to hide under the house from the American Bulldog who aggravates the ever living shit out of him.

Last but not least is the Black Lab who lounges on the front porch snoring as she writes, brings her his tennis ball when it is time to fulfill her humanly duties, and flirts with the cows that live on the farm. He’s a real ladies man and has a tendency to be attracted to heifers.

She’s currently finishing book three in the Guitar Face series, Walking Back to Georgia. The book took an unexpected turn for many characters, but she is merely a vessel for the sex, literature, and romance gods. They tend to take over her mind, and even body at times, and crazy shit ends up in Microsoft Word.

Sasha & Dane live in Georgia on a cattle farm and love the peace and quiet. There’s usually music playing in the background in their home. Their musical tastes are quite eclectic but Sasha prefers rock, blues, and New Orleans jazz. Bands that you’ll hear in the Marshall household are Theory of a Deadman, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, Tool, Muddy Waters, Etta James, BB King, Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Walker, and Johnny Cash. You’ll often find them hanging out with friends (beer in hand), many of who are in the books, yes these people really exist in their lives.

They enjoy watching television from time-to-time with their tastes ranging from Shameless to The Walking Dead to Scandal to Sons of Anarchy (tattoos, bad boys, and Harley’s make Sasha hot).  They also enjoy shooting their many weapons, which they have collected in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. Sasha is a better shot than Dane, this fact must be stated.

Sasha’s dreams are to be a full-time author because working for the metaphorical man blows. Her dreams also involved getting Kurt Sutter to read her books and making a kick ass television show about them. Who else is there? Once the television shows pay her major loot, she’ll retire from her day job and write from home. Well, she’ll probably stalk the hot actors that play her characters, too, but that’s to be expected. Fo’ sho.

She loves to hear from her readers, it makes her all giddy and shit. Making Sasha giddy makes her feel like a literary goddess and helps her write better, so by all means shoot her a mother fucking email by either using the contact page or emailing her directly at sashamarshallauthor@yahoo.com

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go and why?

My undergraduate is in history, so I’m a little obsessed with Henry VIII and then entire Tudor dynasty. They were so scandalous. I’d love to travel back in time to Tudor England and visit the court just to see if I could catch the King’s eye.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?

Madness, Rock Stars, Sex, Redemption, Love, Realistic

Favorite book?

I have a lot of favorite books, but I’ll go with “Lick” by Kyle Scott. I love this book and all the emotion it invokes. My other favorites are anything by Shakespeare, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes.

Fictional crush?

There are so many. My poor husbands often asks, “Who do I need to pretend to be tonight?”, but he doesn’t mind the looks he gets from across the room when a book gets steamy. I love David from Lick by Kylie Scott, Shy from Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley, and Kip Paxton from my own Guitar Face series. Kip is my ideal man.

What books have influenced your writing?

I read A Lot of books… seriously my accountant was like you’re deducting how many books as expenses? What? It’s research. Anything written by Kristen Ashley, Kylie Scott, Samantha Towle, Charlaine Harris, Tammy Falkner, Crystal Spears, Janet Evanovich, Cora Brent, and a great deal of classical authors have influenced my madness… er, um… writing.

Where were you born and where is home for you now?

I was born in Macon, Georgia and continue to call it home, but the ten-year plan is to move outside of New Orleans. I’m sure I spent a past life there.

What is the last book you read?

I read the entire Callaghan Brothers Series by Abbie Zanders. I couldn’t stop. My husband made me go to bed. Anyhow, I’ve decided I’d like to have one of the Callaghan brothers for each day of the week.

Who is your favorite character that YOU have written?

Ha, Kip. Kip’s an idiot. He’s a fan favorite, but I love him because he is the most complex character I’ve ever written. I like people and characters who have depth, and I enjoy wit.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?

Half-and-half for the copious amounts of coffee I drink, Diet Dr. Pepper, left over pizza, and beer. Don’t judge me.

What inspired you to write your first book? How did you come up with the title?

I toured with big name rock acts during college and had the time of my life. I photographed their entire lives and could really immerse myself into every aspect of tour life and their personal lives. Sharing a tour bus with rock stars doesn’t give you much room to hide. I found these musicians were just people who were doing what they love for a living, but they have to deal with a lot of bullsh&* to do that. They hurt, laugh, bleed, and live just like any other human being. They have struggles, and they love like the rest of us. They break hearts, and believe it or not they get their own hearts broken, so I often moonlighted as a pseudo psychologist. Guitar Face lived in my head for a long time, and over the years it morphed into the story it is now. I chose a female lead character for the beginning of the series because I wanted a woman to have a place in that world. I wanted her to defy all odds and be the exception to the rule in the music industry. The entire industry, especially rock is inundated with male musicians, and while I love a rock star as much as the next girl… I wanted my main character to sort of take the industry by the balls and refuse to be a door mat simply because she is a woman. I love strong women, and I don’t know if I’m capable of writing a docile female character.

The title of the series and book one, Guitar Face, came from time spent with blues artists and bands. The genre invokes a lot of emotions from both the musician and the audience. It’s very moving. I sort of picked up the words Guitar Face when I was touring and it just sort of stuck. The main character in the beginning of the series, Henley, becomes a guitar prodigy because she sees a man’s guitar face and decides she wants her own.

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

How much profanity and crudeness can this blog handle?

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

A lot of the conversations in the book have occurred in my life. Some of the events have also occurred in my life in some form or fashion. Most of the craziness comes from my brain though. I’m not entirely sure I should put that in writing.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain, minus the narcotics, and the incredibly bad self-management techniques. They both pioneered a new sound and lived during eras of musical revolutions, and that isn’t something many musicians can ever accomplish.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Why?

It would have to be Pink or Jenny McCarthy. They’re both beautiful, successful, bad ass, driven, and say what they want. I keep forgetting to drive to the local hardware store and replace my brain-to-mouth filter.

What was the last movie you went to see?

I broke down and saw Fifty Shades, ugh. I was disappointed, he was no Christian Grey.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?

“She’ll Cut You”, just kidding.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?

Witty, Imaginative, Spiritual, Musical, Artistic (not autistic, ha), Unorthodox, Adventurous

What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?

iPod, Phone, Kindle, Diet Dr. Pepper/Coffee

If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?

Ooohhh, wait not for sexual needs, right? Numero uno, Chris Hemsworth. He’s yummy, and has a nice accent, and a very large body. What? You need big men to lift heavy things.  Numero dos, Cesar Millan, because I need someone to talk to all those wild animals. Numero tres, Russell Brand. He’s freaking hilarious.

Top 3 favorite movies

Kingdom of Heaven

Streetcar Named Desire

Dirty Dancing because nobody puts Baby in the corner.

If your book was made into a movie who would you want playing your characters?

Henley- Taylor Momsen

Jagger- Charlie Hunnam

Kip- Marilyn Mason… kidding… this is the most difficult one for me and I had to talk with my girlfriends for hours to conclude it should be James Franco since he has a sense of humor and is super sexy.

Koi- Chris Hemsworth

Ian- Ian Somerhalder… he,he,he,he

Derek- Johnny Depp

Jessica- Rosario Dawson

What type of person do you dislike most?

Anyone who is conservative, closed-minded, and/or uptight.

What are your pet peeves?

People who summarize drive me insane. For instance, if your wing woman tries to set the stage for you and a guy across the bar and she comes back and says something short like, “He said he wants your number.” Okay? That’s it? You talked to the man for thirty minutes and that’s all I get? Drives me crazy.

Variety is the spice of life or creature of habit?

A little of both.

Favorite type of music?

Blues, Rock, New Orleans Jazz, Motown.

How many novels, short stories have you published?

I published “Guitar Face” in June of 2014, “There’s No Crying in Rock-n-Roll” in August of 2014, and “Walking Back to Georgia” will be published in late June 2015.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

This scene is from Book 3 in the Guitar Face series, Walking Back to Georgia

“Hey. I wanted to make sure you liked the wings,” I say.

She spins around so I can see them, so I take a few steps closer to her. She looks over her shoulder but can’t see me through the wings, so she turns her body.

“Aren’t they beautiful?” she asks and twirls around like she’s a little girl again.

“God yes,” I whisper.

“I love the color, too,” she adds.

“I designed them,” I blurt out.

“What? You did? Kip these are amazing. Can I keep them after the shoot?” she asks.

“I don’t know. I’m sure we smuggle them out of here. Shit, you can just wear them out of here and no one would say shit to you. But in case you’re stopped and questioned we need to come up with a good story about how you acquired such lovely wings,” I wink.

“Hmmm, I’m sure I’ll think of something,” she says.

“Gotta be careful though, if you try to use government conspiracies of any kind they’ll put you in the looney bin,” I warn.

“Damn,” she snaps her fingers. “That really narrows my fucking choices down, Kip. Way to fucking steal my show!” she pouts.

“Hey I’m just looking out for you. If you get your mug shot taken in those wings and that dress you know they’ll report all kinds of crazy shit. If your mug shot is taken in those Samantha will kill you. Murder is so uncool.”

“Fuck! Good thinking. Maybe we could tell anyone who stops me I’m auditioning for Victoria’s Secret. I’ll pretend I want to be one of their angels.”

“I wanna go,” I whine.

“Go where?” she asks.

“To the fucking audition, Hen!”

“Kip, there’s no audition. It’s our cover story remember?”

“Fuck that, you said you were going to a Victoria’s Secret audition and now it’s all in my head and I can’t get it out. This is all your fault, so now you have to go to an audition so I can watch,” I argue.

“I don’t want to be a model,” she clarifies.

“It doesn’t really matter what you want, this is all about my gratification. You said Victoria’s Secret, which made me think naughty thoughts, then you said audition and I was thinking to myself, ‘Kip you would be an amazing lingerie model coach’, and now you’re trying to stomp all over my fucking dreams.”

“A lingerie model coach?” she looks at me like I’m crazy, which she usually does when she wants me to continue on my absurd rants.

“It’s like any other sport, Hen. Modeling is a real sport like cheerleading,” I answer.

“Cheerleading is not a real sport, it’s a gateway to porn,” she retorts and makes me smile because she’s correct.

“I won’t argue that matter. Modeling is a real sport, and the coach tells them when they need a bigger push-up bra, thong or boy shorts, and how best to sway dat ass!” I shout.

She laughs.

“You’d be a great lingerie model coach, but you might get sued for sexual harassment.”

“You’re right, thank you for that insight. I’ll stick to drumming.”

“And playing the guitar,” she adds.

“And pretending I know how to play the guitar,” I smile at her.

“And designing amazing angel wings,” she continues.

“If you keep talking about those angel wings we will end right back where we started with the audition,” I wink.

Missionary or on Top? Doggy-style

Erica Jong says she loves the word cunt and wishes she could “rehabilitate” the word and make it beautiful again. Do you feel the same way about some of the words you use in your stories?

Can lust and desire make the smartest person really, really, stupid? Why or why not?

God, yes. Determining the difference between lust and love becomes a theme in the Guitar Face series. The brain releases chemicals when we lust and love and the body often gets these chemicals confused. Our minds attempt to reconcile the chemicals with the feelings we experience and next thing you know, you don’t know why the guy won’t call you back. It’s the chemicals fault.

Does size matter?

Yes. Our culture has linked masculinity and the size of his penis. I hate saying that word, it sounds so clinical. I’m trying to be good here, it’s difficult. Anyhow, it’s ingrained in women from puberty that the size of a man’s dick is the deciding factor in whether he is worthy in many departments, but especially as a lover. There are men with enormous dicks who don’t know how to use them. The average vagina is only 2-5 inches in depth…. So men with ten inch dicks don’t entice me. What in the hell do they think they will do with that thing? Girth is the most important aspect of a man’s penis. The bigger the girth, the easier it is to stimulate a woman, and who doesn’t want to have an orgasm? It’s not length, it’s the girth I look for.

Why do you think sex sells?

Men dominate our society. They always have, and even though women have come a long way since the social revolutions of the 1960’s, men remain dominate in our culture. They make more money than women and are selected for positions before women are. Gender roles allow for men to behave more loosely than women, and the consequences for bad behavior are often more lenient for men. Because men dominate our world, so does sex. You can take almost any example of power, bad behavior, bad decisions, greed, and money and it always comes back to sex. The man with the most power or money will use it to get sex. Do you think he fought his way to the top to simply say he’s the man? Nah, it all comes back to getting laid. Bad boys and their behavior are no different. The thing bad boys have that we want is a loss of our inhibition. Society expects women to work, take care of children, and remain quiet and conservative. Bad boys offer us a reprieve from societal expectations, which is why they’re so yummy. Also, something psychologically makes us want something we know we aren’t supposed to have, the forbidden fruit. Men know when they’re bad, and they know it’s attractive to women, so they continue to do the naughty things they do so we’ll spread our legs. Sex sells because men control our world and they think about it all day long.

What is the difference between erotic fiction and porn?

Tastefulness.

How much does your own sexuality come into play when writing erotic fiction?

Too much. I won’t elaborate here any further because it would be completely inappropriate to say what writing sex scenes does to me… probably the same thing it does to you when you read them.

How did you learn to write good sex?

By having good sex.

What does indie publishing allow that traditional publishing does not, specifically with regards to erotic romance?

Indie publishing has allowed me to be more myself. I can put more of my personality out there when I interact with readers. When you visit my website, you’ll find profanity and crude humor, and that’s just the biography. Traditional publishing constrains authors from being themselves, interacting with readers honestly, and at times it can hinder what subjects an author can write about.

What role does music play in inspiring your work?

I listen to music the entire time I write. I use it to block out the world, but more importantly, music allows me to harness a feeling and hold onto it. When I write an emotional scene or sex scene I need a playlist I can work with. Whatever I listen to has to invoke the feelings I want the reader to feel.

Tell us something that would surprise your readers, or something most people don’t know about you.

I’m a sexual assault survivor, and not a victim.

Do you think it is best to call body parts by their anatomically correct names, or come up with euphemisms?

Penis and vagina are too clinical for me. I prefer every nasty euphemism out there over clinical words. In reality, a man doesn’t say “I want to put my penis in you,” so we should stick to what sounds more realistic.

Which of the characters in your erotic romance/erotica would you most want to run away with for a weekend?

Kip is incredibly funny, but he also has depth that I seek in a man. You can have an intelligent conversation with him, laugh your ass off, or try to hold onto some of that passion while you’re in between the sheets.

Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?

Walking Back to Georgia is book three in the series and it will be released in late June. Book four is already in the works for the series, and I’m still getting around to finishing the first book in the Roosevelt Series.

My Biography

 

Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?

Please stalk me!

Twitter- @SashaMarshall13

Facebook- www.facebook.com/GuitarFaceSeries

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Sasha-Marshall/e/B00LGC5CT0/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Email- SashaMarshallauthor@yahoo.com

Website- www.SashaMarshall.com

GoodReads- www.goodreads.com/SashaMarshall

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Beautiful girl posing against the wall. autumn

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