Blue Saffire - Weaving Stories Together
Blue Saffire, award-winning, bestselling author of over thirty contemporary romance novels and novellas,—writes with the intention to touch the heart and the mind. Blue hooks, weaves, and loops multiple series, keeping you engaged in her worlds. Every word is meant to have a lasting touch that leaves you breathless for more. As our Author of the Day, Blue tells us all about her first book in the Ballers series, His Game.
Please give us a short introduction to what Ballers is about.
Brad is a Texas sweetheart that meet Tam one night in a club. They agree to no names and no attachments for one night. It’s the first time Tamara allows herself to do something out of her comfort zone, which leads to Brielle. Five years pass before Brad and Tam run into each other again. When Brad finds out about his little girl, his single focus is to build the family his heart has been longing for.
What inspired you to write this book?
Brad and Tamara came to me in a dream. Many of my books start this way. The characters reveal to me who they are and I write them.
What makes Brad and Tamara such a great match?
Brad is such a sweetheart, but still an alpha male. Tam is an alpha female, but they balance each other. They grow together. Brad is just the right one to allow Tam to put her guard down and let him in.
Why did you make the two meet by chance, the second time?
I remember when writing this book, one of the first scenes Brad and Tam showed me was the scene with Brielle running into Tam’s legs as Brad stumbled to a stop. I see my books like movies. I watch the movies in my head for a day or two and then I write.
This is the first book in the Ballers Series. How does it tie in with the other books in the series, and the books from your other series?
There are a few scenes in this book that introduces characters from other series. These characters lead us into book two. I tend to hook and loop series together. If you read them in read order, which you can find on Amazon, you will find that it builds an entire world of friends family and characters you want to see over and over again. The timelines span over a number of years. I think it keeps the series active and engaging. Most characters in this series are connected as friends and through a business that's started out of the characters decisions.
You have written a lot of books with a law background. Why did you pick football as a theme this time?
Actually… LOL. The Legally Bounds series titles can be misleading. Book one and two were the only ones focused on lawyers. The legal title goes deeper than what's said on the surface. As for why I’ve chosen a football player for this book. It was who Brad told me he was...but Tam is a lawyer. LOL I have no idea why that keeps happening. Note to self. No more lawyers for at least ten books. LOL
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I’m a songwriter and have two albums out. The blue hair is all me. I design, make, and style my blue wigs. If it’s something creative, I’m all for it. I went to school for fashion design. I also have a Masters in Marketing and Project management. Most don't know I have two dual Masters degrees.
What appeals to you about writing interracial romance?
I honestly write exactly who my characters show me they are. Love is love. No matter color, ethnicity, religion, gender. I grew up around individuals from all walks of life. I think I like to represent that in my books. You know, one day I decided I wanted to see everyone on the pages and I’ve been working my way through all of the characters I want to see. I’m still not done.
Do any of your characters ever take off on their own tangent and refuse to do what you had planned for them?
Every single one of them! Argh! Like, dude. Just do what I say. LOL. They never do. I fight with them all the time, but they are usually right so… sigh. I should stop fighting. I guess since they are a part of me, they are just as stubborn as I am.
Which one of your characters do you think you would get along with the most? What about the least?
All of my characters are pieces of me. I can’t say just one because I’m in them all. Male and female, they all come from some part of my past and experiences. I think my villains are the ones I’d get along with least. Angie, Ernest, to name a few. This is why they met their ends the way they did.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
No one can do you the way you do. So just do you.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
I freak out eighty percent of the way through every book and my husband sits and listens while I talk it out. He doesn’t say much because I answer myself. LOL. The average writing day for me is five hours in the morning and five in the evening between 1:00 am and 6:00 am. This is when I really get words in. Day time is more for editing and light writing.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on my debut release with Sourcebooks. I've gone hybrid so I have books coming from both Sourcebooks and Dreamspinner Press. I'll be closing out a few of my indie series as well so I'm also working on Ballers 3.
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