Interview with Wheeler Author, Sara Butler Zalesky - Giveaway

Sara Butler Zalesky
Publication date: July 4th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sports, Suspense

Known as the Ice Queen of the peloton, pro cyclist Loren Mackenzie rarely shows emotion in the heat of competition; she leads her team with quiet strength and determination. But her successes have not come without suffering, and her tragic past is hidden inside tarnished armor.

While out on a training ride with her cycling team near Enfield, England, a chance meeting quickly develops into an unexpected whirlwind romance. But a relationship with an A-list celebrity brings with it the microscope of tabloid-media attention, which expose jealousy and rivalry that threaten to undermine Loren’s leadership of her team.

The new romance also reveals a dangerous obsession, culminating in a terrifying confrontation with someone from Loren’s past. Her injuries not only put her chances at the World Championship in jeopardy but also bring forth memories of a life she had long buried – for good reason.

Can Loren open her heart to the love she has held at a distance, or will her fear ultimately defeat her?

The follow up novel in the Wheeler series is coming soon.

An Interview with Author Sara Butler Zalesky

Sara has never lacked for imagination, but it wasn't until the Fates decided to give the string of her life a tug, bringing her romantic leanings together with her passion for the sport of cycling, and Poof! She can call herself a (self)published author. 

The author lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son. Sara is a paralegal at a law firm in Chester County, PA, an avid road cyclist and indoor cycling instructor. 

Welcome to Jena’s Bookworms
Hi Jena. Thanks for having me. 

Tell us about your writing career. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing in one way or the other for most of my life, but I rarely showed it to anyone. I would write a couple of chapters then life would intrude and I’d drop it. It wasn’t until I accidentally emailed a scene to a friend and he encouraged me to keep going that things came together. 

How did you choose your genre?
I didn’t choose it - it chose me! I didn’t set out to write a romance, it just developed that way. Who knew I was a romantic at heart.

Tell us a little about the books you’ve published. Series, or stand-alone?
Initially, Wheeler was supposed to only be one book, but the story was too long and detailed. With my editor, Jessica, I was able to cut a lot out of the first book to make it less than 420 pages (down from near 600!) but that wasn’t the end of Loren’s story. I took it to two books because her story deserved to be finished. The characters (and my own heart) need the closure. 

Who are your favorite authors, and what is it that draws you to them?
I gravitate toward sci/fi, fantasy and suspense rather than romance, even though my writing goes that way.  Dan Brown and Michael Crichton are my favorites, but also JK Rowling, Rick Riordan and Mercedes Lackey. 

Are you working on a story now? 
I’m currently going through editing the follow up to Wheeler, which doesn’t have a title at the moment. (I’m taking suggestions) I hope to have it out by January, 2018. Beta readers, anyone?

Any stories sitting on the back-burner?
I have some ideas, but I don’t know what I’m going to do next. Writing the story for almost three years of my life has been intense. I now have more gray hair and a clothing size that I’m not happy about wearing. My bike misses me and my house is an unholy mess. To my dismay, reality and fiction are crossing. A lot of what’s been in the media recently about sexual harassment in women’s sports and Hollywood is similar to what my MC, Loren has to deal with, or doesn’t deal with, as the case may be.  

Do you have a website? 
I have a blog at which features posts about the women’s peloton, cycling in general, writing, and some personal tidbits. Readers might even find some clues about who my inspirations were for the characters in Wheeler.
Readers can also follow me on Twitter @sarazalesky for updates on the second book.  



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