[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Sofia, and welcome to the Manga Maniac Café! Can you please describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Sofia Harper] Part smart aleck, part book nerd. The rest of me is pretty much coffee addict.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hot Knight in Paradise?
[Sofia Harper] Leah’s stranded, broke and in need of a job so she can get back home. Her only hope is Marshall. He’s pretty much exiled himself from America and runs a bar creatively named the Rum Shack. (Yeah. I know.) Until she earns enough money to end her disastrous vacation, they’re stuck together. Sparks fly. Pasts are revealed. Love happens. So, it’s your basic boy meets girl while girl is stranded with a hot man.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sofia Harper] I wanted to write a redemption story. I love those. I’d been watching the now defunct show Life and the idea of feeling guilty of wrong you didn’t commit appealed to me. At the time there was a huge kerfluffle online about rape culture. Leah and Marshall stepped into my head and the story came together.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Leah?
[Sofia Harper] Will shoot trespassers.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Marshall had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sofia Harper] DayDreamer by Adele. “He can change the world with his hands behind his back.” It’s song about an amazing, sexy man. This song fits him down to the bone.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Leah is never without.
[Sofia Harper] This is a tough one because Leah gets mugged of all her belongings. The first things she buys is something to tame her hair. If I’d given her a choice, she’d have grabbed her hair products along with her ID and passport.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Marshall’s bathroom?
[Sofia Harper] Cologne, nose hair trimmer and baby powder.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Leah’s greatest regret?
[Sofia Harper] Not being there for her cousin when she needed her the most.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Sofia Harper] Music. It shuts off the world and I can hear the story in my head. I need some form of solitude to tap into my creative well. Sometimes I need words that fit a character or scene perfectly.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Sofia Harper] Coffee, computer and place to sit. I’ve written without pretty much everything else I sometimes I feel I need, but without those three I’m not likely to get any work down. lol
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Hot Knight in Paradise?
[Sofia Harper] Sleep. It’s not often that a story writes itself, but this one was it. I wrote the last 20,000 words in two days. So, sleep was definitely something that kept me from finishing sooner.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Sofia Harper] Ride With Me by Ruthie Knox. I have a hard time reading contemporary because I write it. The internal editor is always talking while I’m trying to enjoy the book. She shut up while I read this book. It was simply incredible. And fresh.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Sofia Harper] The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I read this book as a child and the world just seemed so wonderful. The idea that you could walk into something as mundane as a closet and there were worlds to be found. I loved it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sofia Harper] Spend time with children. They are wonderful, if I say so myself. They’re funny and entertaining. I also watch a lot of TV shows on DVD. It’s a family thing. I’m currently trying to get my daughter to stop watching Degrassi though. OMG, talk about teenage emo drama. I sat through nine seasons. Please make it stop at ten.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Sofia Harper] These are the places you can find moi:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/sofiaharper.author?
Goodreads Page: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7154484.Sofia_Harper
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
About the author:
Sofia Harper started writing contemporary romance a long, long time ago. When Sofia’s not spending time with imaginary people in her head, she’s corrupting two little trouble makers. Currently she lives in California where the wine is good. She also going full-throttle on the ride called publishing. These two thoughts are not related.
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