Guest Post: Sarah Hadley Brook talks about why she writes
Gateway To Love | Sarah Hadley Brook
States of Love
I am delighted to welcome Sarah Hadley Brook to the blog today as she celebrates the release of Gateway To Love, part of the Dreamspinner States of Love series
Hi! My name is Sarah Hadley Brook and I’m excited to be here and talk about my newest release, Gateway to Love, which is part of Dreamspinner Press’s States of Love series. The story takes place in Missouri and was a lot of fun for me to write, as the state is where I’ve lived most of my life.
I have to admit, if someone had asked me three years ago if I ever thought I would be a published author, I would have answered with an emphatic ‘no’. The idea to submit to a publisher was out of the question—just too far-fetched to be believed. Until it wasn’t.
Growing up, I loved to write. I wrote stories my mom, stories for my stuffed animals, stories for my teachers. I wrote because I loved creating my own little worlds where things felt safe, people were happy, and nobody cried. Oh, and yeah…I gave a lot of my characters the ability to fly, because people should fly! I dreamed about being a journalist someday or a famous writer.
When I got pregnant at nineteen, those dreams were pushed aside as I set about ensuring I had a solid foundation to raise my son. And writing my stories probably wasn’t going to be part of that—at least not for a while.
Years passed. Another child. More responsibility. A house. Two jobs. Moving up the ladder. Stories still called to me. Characters flew in my dreams, albeit now they were more likely to be flying through the grocery store, allowing me to get the shopping done twice as fast. So, you know, flying with a purpose…because life was crazy and busy and all about the kids.
And then…it wasn’t. They’d grown into wonderful men. And I was a forty-two year old empty nester. (Sort of- one did come back for a year!) I came home from work and it was quiet. Too quiet. My boys and I are very close, so even though they were both independent and living on their own, they were at the house often and of course, visited to raid the fridge. But I still had too much time on my hands.
Those characters in my head began to grow louder. Insistent. Boldly telling me to write. I resisted. What would I write about? I read a lot of romance, so of course, that was my first instinct. But when I tried, I just couldn’t get the female characters to come alive. But the men? It came so much easier. Natural. And it finally dawned on me why.
The most important and true love I’d ever seen was between my uncle and his partner back in the 80s. The way they were with each other was inspiring. Even as my uncle was diagnosed with AIDS and eventually passed, their love never wavered. I’d never seen that kind of true, all-encompassing love before and it had a huge impact on my life.
So now I write for my uncle, their love still inspiring me. I admit, I am still learning when it comes to telling my stories, but there is no way I can stop. It’s part of me now. I have too many love stories to tell!
I hope you check out Gateway to Love and learn about the state of Missouri while you’re at it. I’ve listed all the ways you can follow or contact me below. And if you sign up for my newsletter on my website, you receive a free ebook!
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Length: 32,793 words
Cover Design: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ten days to finally make the leap from friends to lovers…
Craig and Mitchell have been friends for years, but each of them reached a point where that camaraderie became… more.
Mitchell’s kept his feelings close to his chest. So has Craig, but now that they’ve graduated from UMKC, he knows it’s his last chance to show Mitchell they’re meant to be before their careers take them to opposite sides of the country.
He insists they can’t leave Missouri behind without one last adventure. Mitchell agrees to a road trip to visit all the touristy spots and say goodbye to their home state.
As they spend their days and nights together, buried feelings rise to the surface and hope blossoms. When their journey ends with a dance beneath the Branson stars, will they find love and a future together at the end of the road?
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Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the nonprofit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go.
When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have co-starred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity.
She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.
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