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Monday, January 30, 2012

Guest Blog: Sallie Lundy-Frommer


Today we welcome author Sallie Lundy-Frommer who is promoting her book, Yesterday's Daughter.
Welcome Sallie!

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication: January 24, 2011

An emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss.

Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden.

She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Sallie writes:

Inspiration – Motivation, I look at these words and question what moved me to write Yesterday’s Daughter.  One would think that it’s an easy question to answer.  In truth, for me, there hasn’t been an overwhelmingly clear answer.  I can’t make claims to having aspired to be a writer since childhood, of always keeping a diary of ideas, or having an experience that acted as a catalyst.  I feel somewhat at a deficit because I don’t have a clear cut answer.

For me, writing Yesterday’s Daughter became a compulsion that crept up on me.  The analogy I use is that of a person who becomes an addict after being prescribed medication for pain.  They start out following the directions exactly, taking the medication at the prescribed intervals.  Then at some point, they can’t function without the pills and don’t know how they reached that point.  

Writing has become my addiction, slowly creeping out of the depths of my subconscious, my dreams.  I’ve never written a book before and had never given any thought to writing one until a couple of years ago when I finally started to put pen to paper, although the seed was planted before then.

It was about five years ago that I started having dreams about Malachi and Sapphira that progressed to the point that I was hearing conversations between them when awake.  The dreams and conversations came in snippets and brief glances.  At first, I ignored the dreams but eventually began to consider what it could mean for me creatively.  And when the characters began to encroach on my waking hours to the point where they couldn’t be ignored; I began writing. That was a couple of years ago. 

I’ve enjoyed writing this book and the response from fans.  But it’s mostly the characters that motivate me to continuing writing, to continue their story.  I know this is a roundabout way of answering the question, but it’s the best answer I have to give.  I didn’t know there was a storyteller inside me, in my dreams, but she’s awake now and wants to explore. 

About the Author:

I can’t remember a time when vampires have gotten more attention. With shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human and popular books like the Twilight and Dark Series, it’s seems like they’re everywhere. Vampires have always been my favorite supernatural characters. But why? Why am I fascinated with these fantasy beings? Why are you? My interest drove me to write a book, Yesterday’s Daughter. But I could have written about anything, werewolves, cat people or some other paranormal beings, but I chose vampires. Why, I wrote about vampires? I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Maybe I chose vampires because they exude prowess and majesty. But, that would be an all too simple answer. And when I think about it, I know it’s not a complete answer. But it’s a start. What do you think? Why are so many people so interested in these mythical creatures.

As for me, I was born on a farm in the rural South to a family of migrant farm workers. At an early age,my family moved to the urban North-East. Now I live in the suburban North-East with my husband and a large assortment of plants. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management and currently work in the health care industry. 

2 comments:

Sallie Lundy-Frommer said...

I am very thankful to TBR for hosting me today. I appreciate your warm welcome.

Tribute Books said...

Kari, thanks for hosting Sallie today. I loved reading about how she became addicted to writing :)