Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Interview with Sarah of Saffina Desforges

Name of the book:

Sugar & Spice

Kindle Price:

Varies on Amazon & .com (between 99c/71p – 2.99/1.14)

Available from:

Amazon Kindle US, UK & DE, Smashwords, B&N – Nook, Apple, Diesel, Kobo, Waterstones and Tesco

Authors Website:


Saffina Desforges is a writing partnership (Sarah Griffiths & Mark Williams). Sarah being the public face of the SD team, currently living in England. (Mark lives in West Africa).

Mark has written for years, having worked in television, radio and journalism, whilst Sarah is relatively new to the game!

Tell me about your book?

Inspired by a news story of a man who begged a Judge to give him a longer sentence, because he knew he would harm another child if released without treatment, Sugar & Spice is meticulously researched, asking the questions society prefers not to have answered.
At once disquieting and challenging, Sugar & Spice is car-crash reading.
It's every parent's worst nightmare: A child fails to return home. As hours turn to days, all they can do is hope. Some children never come back...
Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter's killer? Claire did...
Teaming up with a second-year psychology student and a fourteen year-old truant schoolboy, Sugar & Spice is the story of a mother's fight to bring one man's reign of terror to an end.
Be warned: In Sugar & Spice not all things are nice...

What will readers like about your book?

Not a lot! It isn’t a book that you ‘like’, more have to read and can’t put down (according to reader reviews). I think the appeal of Sugar & Spice is the taboo subject and the frightening insight into the mind of a paedophile.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

There is a very long story to this and can be found on several blogs and websites in previous interviews, but basically, it was inspired by the Robert Black murders in the late 80’s and another criminal who begged a judge to lock him up in case he killed again.

When did you start writing?

I (Sarah) have written in some form for as long as I can remember, from scribbling in exercise books after school right up until I started to take it seriously.

When did you realize that you were a serious writer?

When I posted some excerpts on a site called Youwriteon and started getting positive feedback. Before then, I had never showed anyone my writing.

When did you decide that you wanted to write a book?

I have started writing a book many times in my life, as far back as my early teens, but life always got in the way.

You’ve recently hit a milestone where you’ve reached 50,000 books sold for Sugar & Spice. What’s your first reaction when you reflect on that accomplishment?

OMG! How did that happen? ;-)

Describe your journey from being a new author publishing your first book to selling 50,000 books. How did you do it?

A crazy, roller-coaster ride! One minute, I was telling my parents over Christmas dinner that I had co-written a book and less than five months later, we are getting calls from New York and over 50,000 people have downloaded the book. Crazy! I don’t know how we did it. There isn’t a secret formula, just lots of social interaction, blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, a lot of luck and I guess, having written something that people want to read!

Why did you choose this particular genre to write your book in?

Sugar & Spice is a crime thriller, as is the next book, Snow White (this is part of The Rose Red crime thriller series) and it is a genre that I enjoy reading and have always wanted to write in. However, not everything SD produces will be in this genre, we also have the first of a dark, urban fantasy trilogy due out before the end of the year, Equilibrium.

What is your writing process?

Fly be the seat of our pants and let the characters and the story write itself!

How long does it take you to write your first draft?

When we finish Snow White (in between A LOT of promotional work for S&S) it will have taken us approximately 4- 5 months, but that is due to me not being free to write full time at the moment. We envisage that when I am, we will complete first drafts within 3 months.

Why did you publish on Kindle and other eReaders?

Initially, due to the content of S&S, now – because of the control that it gives us in the current publishing climate.

What kind of advice would you like to share with an aspiring writer who’s looking to publish a book for the first time?

Read lots, pay for a great cover and proper editing services and be prepared to spend the rest of your life online!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Glenn,

    Interview looks great, thanks!

    Good luck with your own books.


    PS. Update: S&S has now sold just shy of 65,000 books on Amazon. We have just launched on Waterstones (UK) and a new version will be available on ibooks (Apple) this week too.