Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Interview with author Sondrae Bennett

Today I have an interview with author Sondrae Bennett, talking about her paranormal romance Arctic Winds.

Nothing will stop a wolf once he’s found his mate…not even her own doubts.
After her skulk abandoned her four years ago, Samantha knew she would never truly be wanted. When she accidentally stumbles into a wolf town and is asked by their premier to stay, she believes it’s the novelty of an arctic fox motivating him. She knows she’ll be on her own again once he tires of her. 
Jason finds himself pulled to Samantha from the moment she faints in his arms. His wolf is calling to him, telling him he’s found their mate and the heat he feels for Samantha is impossible to resist. But his little fox is loaded down with emotional baggage and doesn't believe she’s worthy of love. Can he overcome her fears? Or will pack jealousies and the local foxes convince her she doesn't belong with him before he has a chance?

Where did the idea for Arctic Winds originate?

I love romance and I love shifters so writing a paranormal romance about shifters kind of came naturally. I found a contest asking for short stories for an anthology and I started writing Arctic Winds for that. Well, before I knew it I was over the parameters of the contest and loving the story, so I just kept going. I was so thrilled with the end product, I wanted to share it and luckily Lyrical Press liked it as much as I did and published it.

Shapeshifters are wildly popular in paranormal romance, especially wolves. What drew you to writing about wolf shifters and what made you shake things up by making your heroine an arctic fox shifter? (Learn more about the arctic fox here.)

a beautiful arctic fox
I read a book and it was mentioned that there were no bunny shifters. And there aren’t in my world either but it got me thinking, why do shifters have to be big cats and wolves and bears? I wanted to write something different and I’ve always had a fascination for foxes. Jason wasn’t actually supposed to be a wolf shifter but everything I tried on him didn’t quite fit until I stumbled onto wolf. And I’ve always believed that my characters know best when it comes to things like that.

Arctic Winds is the first in your Alpine Woods series. What can you tell us about the second book, Chasing Paradise?

Chasing Paradise is Ethan’s story, the brother of the hero in Arctic Winds. In the book he leaves Alpine Woods on vacation trying to escape a forced mating and ends up running into his true mate, Gwen. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy road for them, with Ethan still resisting mating and he inadvertently hurts Gwen with some careless words. It’s a very angsty tale and in it Ethan has to prove his love and devotion to Gwen. The book will also show more of the different shifter types. The heroine in that book is an otter shifter and runs an exclusive shifter resort where all types come to vacation.

Your bio says you began reading romance novels at the age of twelve. What draws you to the genre?

I love almost everything about the genre. One of the things in particular I love is how when everything seems hopeless and when the hero and heroine are at their lowest, they find the strength within themselves and within their love for each other to push through. They do have to go through trials but in the end, they do get their happily ever after. I think there’s a good lesson in that. Even when you’ve hit rock bottom, the only place left to go is up.

You have a feature on your blog called “Madly in Love Monday” where you share a book from your keeper shelf. What are some of your all-time favorites?

I’m so glad you mentioned this feature. It’s something I look forward to all week. Most of the books I mention are all favorites from my past. I rarely put a new favorite up there because I need to let them…stew for a bit before I proclaim them keepers. I honestly don’t know that I can pick one or two that shine above the others. The authors that pop out in my mind are Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning, Nora Roberts, and Dean Koontz (because I had to feature Watchers since I really am obsessed with that book).

What’s next for you on the writing front?

Well right now I’ve finished the third book in the Alpine Woods Shifter Series, currently titled The Wolf Within, which is Julie’s story, the youngest sibling. It’s still in the self-editing phase but hopefully it will be ready to submit soon. I’ve got a couple other stories I’m working on as well that aren’t in the series but I’m not sure what’s going to be my main focus after I get The Wolf Within to my editor.


Find out more about Sondrae Bennett at her blog, Sondrae's Corner, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. Arctic Winds can be purchased from Lyrical Press as well as other digital retailers.


  1. Great interview, Sondrae.

    I love the cover of Artic Winds! I've not read a story with a fox shifter. This one is now firmly on my TBR list.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Sutton! I'm a bit biased but I think it's a great story. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. This is a wonderful interview and sounds like an amazing book. A must read I'd say. Thanks.