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Christine Presents ~ The Need by

Please welcome  author of The Need.

S.L. Hannah will be awarding one commenter a paperback copy of The Need (U.S./Canada only for book) and one commenter a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Need

by S.L. Hannah


GENRE: erotic thriller




  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?


Particularly for The Need, I was inspired by the screenplay my husband wrote. The Need started out as a spec script that my husband was hired to write in 2009. Unfortunately, the financing for the project fell through, which happens a lot in Hollywood. My husband shopped the script to a few more interested producers and agents, but that certain bit of magic that you need to make a movie come to life did not appear.


I loved the story. Two strong female characters that get twisted into this dark love affair…it was the distraction I was looking for at the time, so I asked my husband if I could adapt his screenplay into a book. He loved the idea, and in 2015, The Need was born.
2. What expertise did you bring to your writing?


By the time I started my endeavor with The Need, I had written and published four books. Those four books really honed my writing skills. You’re always growing as a writer, but I don’t think I could’ve written The Need with the depth it deserved, had I not had four other books under my belt.


I was also a lot more experienced on the business side of things. Writing is a creative art, but if you don’t approach it with a sensibility towards business, you may end up getting lost in the shuffle of opportunities and disappointments. The publishing business is more dynamic than ever, and you have to dedicate part of your time to staying on top of all the shifting tides and how they impact what you are trying to accomplish.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I think Heather would be such a fun character to morph into for a day, or even a week…


She is a super evil villain, but she’s also a strong, complicated woman with many layers. She’s a survivor in a world that hasn’t always been kind to her and even though it’s hard to understand in the beginning of the book, you do realize towards the end that she does want to change and get out of her current life situation. I think we can all relate to her journey in some way.


  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?


I like Diane Kruger for Heather, and Sophie McShera for Angie.


Diane Kruger I most recently saw in her role as Bridget von Hammersmark in The Inglorious Bastards and Sophie McShera played Daisy Mason in her role on Downton Abbey. I’m picking these two actors specifically because they portray the physical differences and age differences of Heather and Angie. Heather is a tall, older, street-smart woman, and Angie is a young, naïve, woman, visibly uncomfortable in her skin.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?


I don’t belong to an official critique group, but I will send one or two drafts out to a variety of people for their critique. Sometimes I call them beta readers, but they are definitely readers that I know will give me honest, initial feedback.


To me, this initial feedback is invaluable, even if I only agree with some of it. You’re going to have a range of people reading your book and a range of reviews. This initial feedback will both give you a taste of what you can expect and is sometimes so brilliant it steers you out of a problem area you’ve been banging your head over for months. But don’t let it discourage you. You know your voice, characters, and story best, and you should not allow someone to change your work into something that you don’t recognize, not even your editor.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)


“Stop writing smut” was definitely the worst piece of advice I’ve ever received.


There is a lot of people that look at romance writers as smut peddlers so there can be stigma attached to this genre, even though it is the highest grossing genre in fiction.


I remember when I heard that said out loud by a family member, my heart pounded loudly in my chest and my face felt very hot. I was shocked and hurt and I had no idea how to defend what I was writing so I pretended to laugh it off, like, you have no idea what you’re talking about, and quickly walked away.


That was a long time ago, and when people ask me now what I write, I proudly tell them romance, erotica…anything having to do with the female perspective on relationships and sexuality. I try to engage and inform, even if they look uncomfortable while I’m suggesting a few of my favorite titles, like Nine and a Half Weeks, and explain how psychologically complex and riveting romance novels can be.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?


I have done both. There is a lot of benefit to getting organized and outlining your book with as many details as possible. Outlines have definitely helped me write a first draft quicker. However, there is also a lot of fun in just thinking up a great character(s) and letting them run wild on the page to see what happens.


A great technique I learned many years ago in a writing class had us writing the back story of a fresh character every week. Really delving into their childhood and the types of friends they had and lovers they took, and tragedies and experiences that shaped them.


When I get stuck sometimes, I go back to this technique and start scribbling back story. Usually, by the time I’m done, I know the next turn the story is supposed to take.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?


I am currently working on an erotic novella called, Hard Trigger. This is an interesting project that started as one thing and turned into something completely different. Definitely no outline was used, and I don’t even have a good log line or synopses yet.


All I will say for now is that the protagonist is treading on shaky illegal activities for a living and mourning the loss of her lover when she uncovers a dangerous drug scheme. She’s legitimately trying to set the course of her world right and keep her emotions at bay by believing her new lover is her antagonist until she realizes they both have the same goal of interrupting this drug operation.


I promise that log line will get a lot better.


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  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?


The black moment in The Need happens when Angie realizes that Heather is a vindictive, manipulative mess, and that she is truly at risk of getting killed. For someone like Angie, who prior to meeting Heather, led a very safe, vanilla-ice-cream kind of life, this is the culmination of everything she once was and everything she has become in the week that she’s been trapped with this woman. She is no longer the innocent young girl that got lured home by an older woman. She has had to face her demons and has had to step up to survive, and in the final test her new resilience must give her courage like never before. Will she have to resort to killing Heather to save herself, or will she find a way for both of them to escape their past and start a new future…together?

  1. Anything else you might want to add?


Writing is amazing and fun and inspiring, but it’s also a job, and if you want to get somewhere with your writing you have to treat it like a job. You have to write every day or come up with a schedule that enables you to reach your writing goals. You have to send out query letters and deal with rejection, or figure out how you’re going to find the money to self-publish. You have to write and promote, and juggle many emotions. It is rarely going to feel glamorous, but holding that printed copy of your book, or reading that final version of your book on your Kindle will feel extremely satisfying.




Stood up by her boyfriend, she goes home with a woman…

Straight-laced coed Angie has never felt daring enough to…experiment. Until tonight. The skin around Heather’s lips is soft, unlike the stubble Erik lets grow in, and the night unfolds like an erotic dream, tapping into an unexplored part of Angie’s body and mind.

But Heather’s seduction turns into a nightmare when Angie wakes up tied to the bed and is told she can’t leave. Alternately seduced and tormented by her lover-turned-captor, Angie is pulled ever deeper into a twisted world of pain-for-pleasure and multimedia exploits. As the stakes rise, both women give into a desire for connections neither has had, and Angie’s struggle to escape becomes a bigger dilemma: Would she leave if she could?

Winner of the Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, this erotic thriller dares to explore the darker side of our fantasies and their sometimes unintended consequences.







Her taut frame is sandwiched between an attractive couple. They don’t look much older than me, but they look fashionable and carefree, like they belong in a place like this. She’s suggestively pushing back and forth to the DJ’s evocative beats, letting her blonde mane bathe in the crest of the girl’s neck, until the guy grabs it and pulls it back, like he doesn’t want to get left out of anything. Their hands wander freely. It’s almost as if they’re not on a dance floor, but in a bedroom. Doing it standing up. She pulls the girl in tightly. She’s commanding. How I wish I was.

I turn my gaze back to my near-empty drink and the cell phone next to it. Still no response from my boyfriend to my voicemail and several text messages and it’s almost midnight. Where is he? I swirl the ice cubes in my glass.

He knows I’m not really into nightclubs. The drinking, the posturing…it makes Erik feel like he’s part of a squad. It makes me feel like I don’t fit in. But I don’t want to disappoint him, or myself. I can’t spend all of college immersed in books. These are supposed to be the defining years of my life, brimming with experiences that you reference forever, experiences that help you figure out who you really are.

I look back up at the mirrored wall. She has this look on her face, like there’s nowhere else she’d rather be. As if time has stopped just for her, so that she can feel every tensed, slick muscle, hear every throb of desire. Will I ever feel that?







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


S.L. Hannah was born in Poland, grew up in Canada, and moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. The Need is her first erotic thriller. The manuscript won the 2013 Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, and is an adaptation of a screenplay about a woman struggling to free herself from her lover’s physical and emotional binds. Buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing…creepy as hell.” S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world.



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S.L. Hannah will be awarding one commenter a paperback copy of The Need (U.S./Canada only for book) and one commenter a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.





20 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Need by

  1. Thanks for hosting today.

  2. lilallykitten
    June 1, 2016

    Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

    • SL Hannah
      June 1, 2016

      Thanks so much! I hope you get a chance to read The Need.

  3. Mai Tran
    June 1, 2016

    Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

    • SL Hannah
      June 1, 2016

      Hi Mai! I was once upon a time Neil Strauss’ personal assistant. It was while he was writing his New York Times Best-selling book, The Game. I met a lot of interesting characters during those 8 months…

  4. SL Hannah
    June 1, 2016

    Thanks for the interview Christine! I’m excited to get this tour rolling. I have to run off to a few meetings today, but will be back to answer any other questions late afternoon.

  5. achristay
    June 1, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  6. Victoria
    June 1, 2016

    Really great post, sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

  7. Rita Wray
    June 1, 2016

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  8. Becky
    June 1, 2016

    What comes first for you–the story or the characters?

    • SL Hannah
      June 1, 2016

      Hi Becky,

      It’s gone both ways. When I wrote my Sex, Life, & Hannah book series I was very focused on the main character that I then developed and wrote the story around. The Need was opposite because the screenplay (story) had already been written. I write in first person present tense so I had to dig a lot deeper into the main characters, Heather and Angie, than a screenplay could. You get a lot more back story and intimate details about the characters in the book than the screenplay. Both approaches work for me.

      Thanks for the question!

  9. James Robert
    June 1, 2016

    Happy Wednesday and thanks so much for the opportunity to win

  10. lilallykitten
    June 1, 2016

    I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

  11. James Robert
    June 2, 2016

    Terrific giveaway and I want to thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  12. lilallykitten
    June 3, 2016

    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Looking forward to reading this book!

  13. lilallykitten
    June 4, 2016

    Wow, this book sounds like such a great read! Can’t wait to read this book!

  14. Karla Sceviour
    June 5, 2016

    Sounds great,thanks for sharing!

  15. lilallykitten
    June 5, 2016

    Most books seem to be better than the movie; is there a movie that you think was better than the book?

  16. lilallykitten
    June 6, 2016

    What is the most played song on your iPod/iPhone?

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