Saturday, September 21, 2013

Back To Life Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Back to Life Blog tour! I have a character interview with Sahara and Tyree today!

I will also be posting a review later on this week. It was going to go up today but I've had trouble reading this week due to a nasty muscle strain in the neck and shoulder.

Now, onto the character interview!

"So tell me, how did you approach your author about your story? I'm well aware of how those like you just pop up out of nowhere"

Sahara Lee: We were at a gallery opening in Richland and it was delayed. While we waited, she complimented my shoes and I liked bag. I’m not really into small talk, but she talked enough for the both of us. And somehow, she got me to talk. And that almost never happens. I’m a very private person.

Tyree Barker: Anything that gets Sahara talking, I’m down for.

"Care to share a juicy detail about yourselves that we may not otherwise know about you? Oh, come. Let's call it a little game of truth." *Wink*

Sahara Lee: When my first love, Emanuel, was studying abroad, I stole one of his shirts to sleep in. Then I took sexy pictures of myself with and without the shirt to mail to him…but when I went to have them printed out at the pharmacy, I ran into his mom. I. Died.

Tyree Barker: You definitely never told me about that. But it’s good to know you like posing for pictures…

Sahara Lee: Ty, answer the question!

Tyree Barker: Sorry. I was distracted.

"Is there a talent you wish you had, but currently don't have?

Sahara Lee: I’ve always wanted to do ballet. My dad took me and my best friend, Emily, to see The Nutcracker when we were in 5th grade. Absolutely beautiful! Emily was always in dance classes and I wasn’t really interested in doing it until that show. But you see these hips? There’s a reason ballerinas don’t have hips like these!

Tyree Barker: Why do you keep saying things like that if I’m not meant to comment on them? I could go on and on about your hips. But to answer the question, I wish I could play the piano like my grandfather.

"Without getting you in to trouble, either of you....what is your biggest turn off?

Sahara Lee: Bad breath and Ignorance.

Tyree Barker: Women who throw themselves at me. There’s nothing more unattractive an easy woman.

"Biggest turn on?"

Sahara Lee: When a man smells good…mmmm! Especially if it is an attractive man.

Tyree Barker: A woman with substance. She has to have more than a pretty face and nice hips

"Pet peeve?"

Sahara Lee: Asking me too many questions about my past. I had to break up with a guy…well a couple of guys…for that exact reason. I don’t like talk to talk about my past.

Tyree Barker: Lack of follow through. If you say you’re going to do something, do it.

"Other than loved ones and the absolutely necessities, what is one thing you can't live without?"

Sahara Lee: Music. I need music in my life.

Tyree Barker: Control. It’s one of the reasons I work for myself. It’s also a reason why I don’t drink.

"Favorite way to relax and wind down?"

Sahara Lee: Again, music. I listen to music on my way home from work to wind down from the work day. I listen to music while I cook. I listen to music when I’m trying to sleep. I have playlists for all of my everyday occurrences.

Tyree Barker: Working out.

"Where is a place you'd love to travel to?"

Sahara Lee: I’ve always wanted to go to Italy. But it wasn’t until recently that I had anyone to go with. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t mind doing things by myself. I’m used to it. It’s my normal. But Italy is the kind of place you experience with someone else.

Tyree Barker: Honestly, anywhere Sahara is.

"Biggest fear?"

Sahara Lee: Hurting another person I love. Next question please.

Tyree Barker: Not being the man my grandfather raised me to be.

"Do you have ANY idea what your author is working on next?"

Sahara Lee: Well when I saw her in Baltimore at the Jay Z/Justin Timberlake concert, we discussed picking up where we left off.

Tyree Barker: We gave her a lot of material so I’m sure there are two books.

"What good quality to you think you bring out in one another?"

Sahara Lee: I didn’t think it was possible to feel what he made me feel. I’ve been so broken for so long. Tyree gives me strength.

Tyree Barker: Work was my priority before I met her. Then, she became my priority. My happiness because a priority. So I’d say she helped me get my priorities in order.

What is your favorite line from your story?"

Sahara Lee: My favorite thing Ty said to me was "You have me. All of me. From the moment we met." But when he said, "Do you want me to taste you baby girl?"… that was a close second. A very close second.

Tyree Barker: Outside of the bedroom, my favorite thing Sahara said to me was "I love you." Especially the first time.

Sahara Lee: Aww…

"Well, I know you both are busy, so I don't want to keep you all day, but is there anything you'd like to share?"

Sahara Lee: Life has so many unexpected twists and turns. Find at least one person to hold onto so you don’t get thrown by it.

Tyree Barker: Pray for me.

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Book Description:
Sahara Lee has spent the last ten years living with the guilt of a tragic accident and its aftermath. That night irrevocably changed the outgoing, fun-loving college freshman into an introverted, workaholic with no social life. Sahara isolates herself from everyone and everything that reminds her of home in an effort to forget what happened. Using art as a substitute for love, Sahara throws herself into music and art as a way to feel something other than the guilt that haunts her. She accepts her lonely existence as penance for the role she played in the accident. That is, until she meets Tyree Barker, the good looking entrepreneur with baggage of his own.

Blindsided by a legal loophole, Sahara is suddenly forced to confront the past she’s been running from. Juggling the guilty feelings of her past and the unexpected feelings of her present, Sahara’s future becomes complicated as she heads down a path of forgiveness, love, and heartbreak…and not in that particular order.

Back to Life reminds you that living and existing are two completely different ways to go through life. Grief will break you but guilt, guilt will destroy you. And once that happens, what can bring you back to life?
About The Author:
I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.
With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.
So in a nutshell: I plan. I teach. I read. I write. I watch. I critique. I shop. I play. I love.
To know me is to love me.

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