Sins & Authors – Interview with J.B. Salsbury

Sins & AuthorsOKAY YOU GUYS. This is kind of a big deal. Today, to brighten up your lovely Sunday, we have none other than the lovely J.B. Salsbury.  You all know her as the fantastically great author who wrote Fighting for Flight. Yes! Wanna know something about me? I HATE MMA fighting. Or wrestling. Or boxing. Haaaaaaaaate. Despise. UUUUGH.  BUT it takes a really skilled author to make me care…and Salsbury has done just that. FFF is thrilling and damn cool (um, hello her MC Raven, is a mechanic). Anyway the point is I feel like I’ve found my soul sista and she’s one talented, funny author and my newest girl crush. So say hello to my kindred spirit, Jamie!

KH: What attracted you to pick up Sins & Needles? *tries to make a funny greeting shake but fails*

JB: *politely tries to return the awkward handshake* Multiple death threats from my bookie friends who swore that if I didn’t pick up this book they would kidnap me, tie me to a chair and duct tape my Kindle to my chin. But it was the cover that sold me. The moment I saw it I knew I had to get to know that girl’s story. And DAMN! I’m so glad I did.

KH: I owe your friends a drink. Team Camden or Team Javier?

JB: Well, shit. This isn’t fair. Um…I really want to pick both, but if I were held at gunpoint and absolutely had to stay in the quirky and kickass house of one very handsome tattoo artist…oh, oops. Lost myself there. Yeah, as much as I love me some dark, Hispanic, suave stud, I’m going to go with Camden. I’m a sucker for a dude who can play an instrument. And he has this split personality thing where he goes from super-sweet-artist-guy to HOLY-SHIT-alpha-male. It’s nice when a man can deliver both qualities.

KH: Yep I hear that. Since a few people have said that The Artists Trilogy has a Quentin Tarantino vibe, what’s your favorite Tarantino movie?

JB: I’ve probably seen Pulp Fiction sixty times. “Oh, man. I shot Marvin in the face.” Yeah, it’s not healthy.

KH: Like I said, kismet. Name some things you like about Ellie Watt, our heroine.

JB: It’s refreshing to find a character in literature that has the ability to come across as extremely broken, but strong and resilient at the same time. One that doesn’t sit and cry, waiting for her savior, but that stands tall and is determined to make her own way. That was Ellie for me. As much as my heart broke for her, I also had a hearty respect for her durability. I didn’t see her conning as a character flaw as much as a coping skill. What I loved the most about her is that she moved through life conning, but there was a part of her that seemed to be constantly crying out for redemption and deliverance. It’s poetic, really.

KH: *wipes away tear* If you were on the run, what would it be for and what would your alias be?

JB: I’d probably be on the run for kidnapping Channing Tatum, add on public drunkenness and a sprinkling of indecent exposure. My alias would be Cherry Sizzleberry.

KH: WOW. That is one awesome crime. Cast the movie version of Sins & Needles.

Camden- Matt Shadows (add some nerd glasses and longer hair) He’s got that sweet, dimpled smile that evokes trust, regardless of his intimidating exterior.

Ellie- Michelle Trachtenberg. She has this innocence in her face that makes her look naive and young, but her eyes are intense in a way that hints to something a lot bigger disguised underneath.

Javie- Definitely a young Joe Magliano. (colored contacts and clean shaven, of course)

KH: I like! Not the norm. Now to you, what inspired you to write Fighting For Flight?

JB: My first love is romance. I’m addicted to reading. I noticed a few years ago that there was a hole in the market for a good MMA romance. I thought I’d give it a shot, and Fighting for Flight was born.

KH: Were you surprised at how well it did?

JB: Surprised would be an understatement. Blown the hell away to the point that I’d wake up every morning, stare at the ceiling, and remind myself that I wrote a book that even one person wanted to read, is more like it. I only wanted Flight to do well enough to earn me a second chance with readers. I’m beyond excited, humbled, and completely terrified at the same time.

KH: What are you writing next?

JB: Right now I’m finishing up the second book in the Fighting series. Blake’s book, Fighting to Forgive, is more intense then the first book was. His character is a lot more complex then I originally thought, and I’ve been utterly floored at times while writing his story. It’ll be interesting to see how the readers receive my foul-mouthed fighter when he’s faced with some life changing shi—er situations.

KH: Um…I think I will receive him just fine. In my pants.

J.B. (Jamie) Salsbury
JB Salsbury lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

Fighting for Flight is her first novel in the MMA romance series.

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