Sarah Tranter – my first post!

I cannot believe I am doing this. That I am actually in a position to be writing a post on this blog in order to introduce myself as the newest Choc Lit author. Wow. Truly wow. Yet even now it doesn’t feel real. Ever since Choc Lit said yes to my book, reality has remained the preserve of moments. Seriously incredible moments. Seriously squealy moments. And I’m not a squealy person (and I know spellchecker is telling me squealy is not a word but it should be). But I now squeal. And normally at the most inappropriate times because I have no control over when these moments of reality might hit. But anyway ― sorry! This is not meant to be a blog about squealing. So….

A pretty pic of Wiltshire

A pretty pic of Wiltshire

Hello. My name is Sarah Tranter and I am the latest addition to the Choc Lit author family. And what do you know ― I just squealed! Right. Professional. I believe I need to tell you a little about myself and my book. I’m not used to talking about myself so my advice is to skip the next couple of paragraphs in order to get to the interesting stuff about the book.

I live in Wiltshire with my long suffering husband (nobody likes being woken up at 3am as a reality moment hits their bed buddy) and our two beautiful boys. So, yes, I am a proud mum and I also write. Obviously. Not that I can possibly imagine you are interested, but before the mum and the writing bit, I worked in London in public relations although I initially started out in

2 Wiltshire boys who may or may not be related to me

2 Wiltshire boys who may or may not be related to me

politics. Still can’t quite believe that fact but yep. I did a degree in politics at Leicester,

some voluntary work for the Labour Party in Yorkshire and then a stint as a constituency researcher for a Labour MP. I loved it too.

Yet writing has always been there. If it hadn’t been for a boy (my now manly husband) changing my plans, I was all set to study English Literature and creative writing. It’s something I knew, even then, I wanted to do. It took the passing of far too many years before I got back onto the creative writing track. And then it simply happened. I still don’t know how. I was at home with my boys and at my lowest after a car accident and found myself writing a scene ― about a car accident. That first scene grew into a chapter and then more scenes, more chapters written during stolen moments and before I knew it I had a book. In fact I had the ingredients for a trilogy.

So the book! ‘No such thing as… immortality?’ is the first book in the ‘No such thing…’ paranormal romance trilogy and will be published in January 2013!

A vampire.  NOT Will but I needed a visual

A vampire. NOT Will but I needed a visual

It is Choc Lit’s first book to be written entirely from the hero’s perspective. It obviously includes a car accident but to give you some blurb, this opening book is about a community of five vampires in residence at a remote house in Derbyshire. Their community and relatively peaceful existence is shattered by the discovery that despite the fact they don’t believe in faeries, it seems that fate may have thrust one into their midst.

It’s essentially Will’s story. And he’s a vampire. Not only does he not believe in faeries but he has taken great comfort over the years in both his physical and emotional invulnerability. So from my perspective, he was long overdue a shake-up 🙂 So as not to give too much away, I will say no more. Except that I am very much hoping it is as enjoyable to read as it was to write.

So there you go. My hello and an introduction to the book. And if you are still reading this, thank you! And thank you Choc Lit and its wonderful authors for such an incredible welcome into the family ― and to my writerly (spellchecker can go and jump) friends for their support. You know who you are. Thank you!

36 thoughts on “Sarah Tranter – my first post!

  1. OOOOH! (and, no, that’s not a word either!) Knitted vampires! Want want for my vampires! Although they are more obsessed with filing, I reckon they could get into knitting… Hello, Sarah, and welcome to the Choc Lit family!

  2. Thank you Juliet and Jane X Glad you liked the knitted vampire too! Just for the record – Will does not knit. 🙂

  3. A lovely post, Sarah! I’m really looking forward to reading your book and getting to know your Derbyshire vampires. It’s strange and spooky, isn’t it, how bad things sometimes come good? When one of my children was seriously ill in hospital, I came home after spending a week at her bedside with a whole new novel sloshing around in my brain. She made a complete recovery and I wrote the book – result!!!

  4. Thanks M – I know exactly what you mean – perhaps it’s our attempt at therapy?:) The ideas seem to come when the emotions are running high. So pleased it all had a happy ending:) Sx

  5. If you loved writing it, you can be sure readers will love it too. Many congratulations, Sarah, – new Choc Lit author (*placing fingers in ears*) it’s great to have you here.

  6. Thanks Sue – I don’t believe I was capable of taking much in when I received that contract – will go back and check! 🙂

    Chris – thank you! You guys are an incredibly supportive bunch:) I LOVED writing it so everything is crossed. And yep – the fingers in the ears was at exactly the right moment 🙂 X

  7. Could you be the next Charlaine Harris… but set in Derbyshire? This sounds really intriguing. I love vampires (as long as they don’t sparkle :-p). Can’t wait to read this, Sarah! Well done and good luck, and squeal away. I would be squealing – lots.

  8. Thanks Teresa – LOL – no mine don’t sparkle! I so can’t wait for it to be out there – or the cover actually. That will be a good moment – then I can stop using knitted vampires for visuals:) Thank you again – lol – my hubs would disagree on the squealing front:) X

  9. Sue is right – squealiness is part of the package, as everyone who has been to an RNA squealy-party will tell you!

  10. Fantastic M – Summer Party here I come! Rather think earplugs will be order of the day – especially with Pia and Jane up for the biggie! X

  11. Hi, Sarah, and welcome to Choc Lit, where you’re contractually obliged to squeal at regular intervals 😉 Seeing your knitted vampire made me go all mushy inside because knitting happens to be one of my hobbies, and I also happen to own a vampire mascot (although I don’t write about them). He’s a special edition beanie baby teddy bear named Vlad, and I won him years ago in a competition run by Rosemary Laurey, author of paranormal/vampire romances. Will send you a pic some time. Hx

  12. Hi, Sarah!

    Loved finding out about you from your first blog. Your novel sounds great fun – I can’t wait to read it! Dracula being one of my first great loves, in the masterly form of Christopher Lee, black-cloaked arms raised above trembling female body, ready to embrace – or so I let myself think/exsanguinate – a reality I didn’t want to know ….

    Each of my sons has a knitted doll like woollen Will – one has a barrister, the other a property developer. They make great fun gifts.

    Liz X

  13. Hi Henri – thank you – and am glad I am fulfilling the contract 🙂 You knit you say – I rather like the idea of some knitted Wills 🙂 Perhaps you could teach me? Then I can steal Rosemary Laurey’s competition idea! Would love to see the pic :)X

  14. Great post Sarah! Can’t wait to read your book, it sounds very intriguing! I really really want one of those knitted vampire dolls now (Henri, hint, hint – you have a few months before my birthday 😀 )!

  15. Great getting to know you….we must have a ‘squealy’ contest sometime…….bet I win – my husband heard my squeals when I got that first e.mail from Lyn two floors down!!!

  16. Hi Liz – very much hoping Will does it for you:) Your sons sound like mine with their knitted dolls. How old do you think before I make the unsubtle switch from knitted dinosaur to knitted barrister/property developer? The younger the better I reckon – might start putting them on more acceptable paths – subliminal and all that:)

  17. LOL Linda – a very similar thing happened in our house when that email came through. Nothing like it is there? Name your date for the contest! 🙂

  18. Hi Sarah. Great post and the book sounds fantastic! I am looking forward to curling up with this one. Huge congratulations on becoming the newest ChocLit author; a great achievement and very well deserved. Wishing you every ounce of luck for the trilogy xx

  19. Excellent blog, Sarah. Really looking forward to you book coming out and I really, REALLY want the doll! X

  20. Yo Sarah! You have made me grin to infinity and beyond. Fantastic post. I’m so looking forward to reading your FIRST PUBLISHED NOVEL! 
    I am truly happy for you. We’ll be seeing you at the summer party, then? Can’t wait.
    Laura xx

  21. Hi Laura – glad you are grinning and thanks so much for your comments. Can’t wait for the summer party too – will be great to see you again 🙂 X

  22. Okay, I may have to create an order book for knitted vampires. Will trawl the Internet to see if I can download a pattern somewhere. Crypts (ie. cripes), what have I let myself in for….?

  23. LOL – and Yay! You star. You did say you like knitting!!!! 🙂 X

  24. Hi Sarah Welcome to the family. No one has mentioned chocolate yet – so I am going to lower the tone. You have to be rather fond of it – as well as heroes and knitted vampires. Don’t expect you will have trouble with that one 🙂

  25. Yay – you got on here Evonne – thank you! And nope – no trouble with that one I’m afraid:) It’s the chocolate coated coffee beans that I’ve recently discovered that are causing me the current issues 🙂 X

  26. Hi Sarah, and Congratulations once again (all right, I know I’ve said it a few times, but you deserve it.) Sorry to be so late popping in here, but as you know I’ve been a bit distracted this past week. Great first post – and I love the pics, and the little knitted vampire is so cute!

    Can’t wait to see your cover and it will be so exciting when you actually get to hold the first copy in your hands, don’t forget to have a photo taken. So exciting! I’m so glad you’re a member of the ‘Choc Lit’ family, I hope perhaps I may join you at some stage. Have fun and keep eating chocolate!


  27. Hi Lyn – thank you sooooo much for finding the time to pop in – know it’s a difficult time. I really do appreciate it – thank you and hugs. I don’t think there can ever be too many congratulations – I’m certainly not tiring of it, particularly as I seem to need the reminder more often than not! Definite excitement ahead – and would love you in the family 🙂 The knitted vampire IS cute, isn’t he?:)
    Thinking of you at this time Lyn. Thank you again! 🙂 XXXXX

  28. Hi Donna – thank YOU – and for taking the time to pop in X I believe we may need to open an order book on the doll 🙂 Thank you again. Sx

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