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What are a few things we would find on your desk?
I’m looking around my desk now. Let’s see…there’s a giant hour glass that I bought recently to help pace myself. I think seeing sand gently fall is more soothing than listening to a timer tick away lol. I also have a big piece of lapis lazuli decorating the corner. It’s supposed to be good for communication and it sure couldn’t hurt lol! I also have a fountain pen that I often use when brainstorming in a notebook. My son loves fountain pens and is a serious collector. He changes the ink color for me to fit my mood or to help my creativity flow with the ink ;).
What motivates you to write?
A desperate need to share the stories in my head. I think most writers need to let their creativity explode on paper…or their heads will lol.
Share something about yourself no one else knows?
Hmmm…I still have the pewter owl keychain I got my senior year in high school. The pewter elephant keychain I got as a gift for myself when my first book, The Promise of Rain, released hangs alongside it. With all the keys, let’s just say my keychain is rather heavy.
What was your favorite scene to write?
There’s this tense scene where my hero, bush pilot Mac Walker (accompanied by his orphaned nephew) is called on a helicopter aerial search for a missing baby elephant…Bakhari from the first book. During the search they encounter Kenyan Wildlife Service in the middle of an anti-poaching operation where tusks have been confiscated, but unfortunately numerous elephant lives have been lost. They continue their search, hoping that the lost elephant doesn’t end up a poaching victim. I felt really passionate while writing this scene, but what’s even more amazing is that, after the book went to press, I read a true story update by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (I’ve fostered one of their elephants in Kenya, so I get email updates) on a baby elephant search and rescue. The situation and location/setting in which their young one was found was almost just like the scene I’d written in the book!
Tell us about your book…
THROUGH THE STORM is book 3 in my ‘From Kenya, With Love’ series for Harlequin Heartwarming. Each book can stand alone, but the setting and characters are interwoven, so anyone who has read the first books will enjoy seeing earlier characters again and seeing how they’ve continued to grow. What I think stands out in the series is the Kenyan Serengeti setting, elephant rescue from poachers and the strong sense of family, friends and love.
The biggest risk she'll ever take…
Tessa Henning is no damsel. But she's definitely in distress. If her husband really is involved in the ivory trade, he'll come after her when he finds out what she's uncovered. Unfortunately, the only person who can help is Mac Walker. Stubborn, fiercely independent, danger-loving bush pilot Mac Walker—with whom she shares custody of their orphaned nephew. Though Mac's no knight in shining armor, he can keep her and their nephew safe in the Serengeti while they wait out this storm. But he can't protect Tessa from the strange weather brewing inside her, stirring up feelings for Mac she wishes she could ignore.
THROUGH THE STORM by Rula Sinara
Book 3 - From Kenya, With Love
May 2016 (North America)
June 2016 (UK/Aus)
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