"Boys in Our Books"…

…we're keeping our name but expanding our offerings!


…Where we ask authors newly published (M/M) in 2014…


Before you were published, what were you doing to scratch the writing itch?

I think I’ve always been writing! Since the third grade. It is excellent fun to invent the people that I’d like to meet.


How did you end up getting your first book published?

My experience has been that publication can only happen at the moment when you accept that it won’t change your life. You have to get over yourself a little bit as a writer before you’re able to write publishable work. I’ve been published now in a few different genres, and each time that process of letting go of my ego has been essential.


Was the process anything like you imagined?  What fit the dream? What was different/surprised you?

It’s always scary to release a book into the wild. Fan mail is the thing that fit the dream. After writingUnderstatement of the Year I began to get fan mail from men, too, which was a really new experience for me. Someone wrote: “I’m a gay athlete, and everything you wrote in this book is something I’ve thought or experienced.” He said he had to put the book aside a couple of times, because he didn’t want to cry on his crowded flight. That? That’s all I ever wanted from the experience of being published.


How long did it take you to write your first published book?

Ten years? Ten months? It depends how you count! Wanting to write the book and actually writing it are not the same thing, and newbies get that confused, sometimes. The shortest time I’ve ever taken to write a draft is three weeks. But I’m not sure if I can hit that pace again. It was a little bit magical.


What’s your advice to unpublished authors trying to get their work read?

Read your work out loud to yourself. Seriously. That’s one of the best tricks for stepping outside of your own head and hearing what you’ve got down on the page. I especially need this trick if I’ve already read that first chapter 100 times. (And I do, you know. I read my own book over and over again before I’m satisfied.) When you read aloud, you’re forced to confront your work in a louder, more literal way than when you skim. Try it!


Is writing not as fun/as fun/more fun once you have your first book published?

It really depends on the day of the week. Sometimes it feels like a job, now. But it is my job. So I suppose that’s only fair.


What’s next up for you?

The Ivy Years series will have 1-2 more books. (I get that question a lot!) I’m also working on a Young Adult novel for 2016.



Leave a comment on this post to enter to win a copy of “The Understatement of the Year” by Sarina Bowen. 




22701480Title: The Understatement of the Year
Published Date: October 15, 2014
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Purchase Links: Amazon, ARe


14 comments on “NEW AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Sarina Bowen

  1. jenf27
    January 26, 2015

    Thanks for the interview and contest. The Understatement of the Year sounds great – just added it to my TBR list.


  2. pinkmad17
    January 26, 2015

    Great interview. Great book!


  3. Waxapplelover
    January 26, 2015

    Loved the interview. It’s amazing that you can touch someone’s life with your words. Thanks for the chance to win.


  4. rojoroaors
    January 26, 2015

    Good interview and thanks for the Chance to win


  5. Barbra
    January 26, 2015

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway offer. :-)


  6. H.B.
    January 26, 2015

    Looks like an interesting read. I always loved books with a bit of a sports element in it.


  7. MissP
    January 27, 2015

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Definitely adding this one to the TBR pile.


  8. debby236
    January 27, 2015

    HOw exciting a new author. Can’t wait to read the book.


  9. juliesmall1959
    January 27, 2015

    I love finding new to new authors also! This looks like a good read.


  10. Sara
    January 28, 2015

    I’ve had my eye on Sarina Owen for a while – hard to miss when you read a lot of romance blogs – and my interest is piqued. I now have her , and all of the Ivy books on my wishlist, waiting for the right moment.


  11. Give A Rush
    January 28, 2015

    It must be so satisfying when an author receives an email from someone letting them know how their story touched their heart, especially someone who is going through the same issues as the story and because of reading it they are able to see a brighter future ahead of them. Wonderful interview. Thank you so much for sharing.
    taina1959 @ yahoo.com


  12. Chachic
    January 30, 2015

    Yay, looking forward to more books in the Ivy Years series!


  13. Trix
    January 31, 2015

    So glad to see it worked out for Sarina!


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