What Happens on Campus
M L Sparrow
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: September 1 2016
Number of pages: 254 Paperback
Word Count: 79053
Cover Artist: Deranged Doctor Designs
Let the game begin…
After a tragic accident which leaves her tormented by guilt, Chloe Newman accepts a scholarship to study a St. Joseph’s University. Traveling from England to Texas, the last thing she expects is to meet the schools charming quarterback on her first night. However, Parker Mitchell is a player both on and off the field.
Parker is immediately fascinated by Chloe and, after a rocky start, they manage to find a way to make their relationship work despite interference from others on campus, including Parkers jealous ex, and the ghosts that haunt Chloe’s conscience.
But, the real test comes when they visit Parker’s family over Christmas break and he finds himself being pulled back into their lifestyle...
“Where are you going?” Karla asked, propping herself up on an elbow to watch him as he pulled on his jeans and looked around for his shirt. “Why don’t you just spend the night here?” Smiling seductively, she sat up and let the sheet drop.
About the Author:
M L Sparrow is currently the author of four books: two YA Sci-fi’s, The Demon Inside and Ghetto, an Adult Fantasy called No Rest for the Wicked.
Player will be her first foray into the world of Contemporary Romance. She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!
As well as writing, M L Sparrow enjoys travelling and has been to some amazing countries in the past few years, her favourite of which was Japan. She never fails to gather inspiration from her travels and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…
Where are you from?
I’m for rainy England.
Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is that Player, the first book in my What Happens on Campus Series, will be released on the 1st of September. It is my first foray into the world of contemporary romance and, even if I do say so myself, I’m very happy with the result. So far I’ve received lots of good feedback and I hope to receive more reviews from ARC reviewers before the release date.
When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t even remember. I’ve always loved reading and I think that natural developed into a desire to write my own stories. From a very young age I wanted to be an author and just never grew out of it!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a hard one. Even once I’d published my first book, The Demon Inside, I didn’t really feel like a proper writer, however, some time in the past year I think I’ve grown into one. Now, with three releases under my belt and another coming soon, as well as having learnt so much in a short space of time, I definitely consider myself a writer. I think it was just experience and confidence that I needed to start thinking of myself as such.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Though it was the third book I published, No Rest for the Wicked, was actually the first book I ever completed. I actually wrote it for a competition I saw in a magazine. I found the Prologue in an old notepad when sorting through some of my things and decided to expand on it, since I liked the almost fairy tale like atmosphere of it. The rest, as they say, is history!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not really. Each book is unique, my writing style depends on the characters and the type of book. I do have a tendency to write a lot of description, because it’s something I enjoy when reading, but the project I’m working on at the moment is very minimalistic with lots of short, simple sentences and only small amounts of description, which leaves a lot of the imagery up to the readers own imagination!
How did you come up with the title?
I played around with a lot of titles for Player, but in the end it was the fact that I’d already titled the second book that led to the title for this one. I wanted the whole series to have snappy, similar titles: Player, Flirt, Friend, Bully.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Generally, this is a fun, sweet romance and was written to entertain people. However, I feel like all books hold a message, even I they’re not serious novels written to teach you something. The message I hope people will get from Player is that they should seize the moment and live life to the fullest.
How much of the book is realistic?
It’s set in the real world, in real time, so in a sense it’s realistic. However, it’s still fiction and none of the characters are based on real people. I’ve never been to Texas, nor have I ever attended College in America, so it all sprang from my imagination!
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I actually got a partial scholarship to study in America, which I worked really hard for, however, due to money problems I was forced to pass it up. As you can probably guess I was very upset about it for a long time and the What Happens on Campus Series was almost my way of venting my frustration and helping me feel better.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Jeez, that’s a hard one… My Best Friends Girl, by Dorothy Koomson is the first book I remember reading that really moved me. As did A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. More recently, I found E. Lockhart’s novel, We Were Liars, very influential, though I couldn’t actually tell you why! The Book Thief, The Fault in our Stars and You Against Me were also very thought provoking…
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I think Nalini Singh is an amazing writer. I’d love to meet her one day and get some tips!
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what I think of it yet, because I literally started it a few hours ago! However, if you want to check out my thoughts once I’m finished I will be writing a review on my blog.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently read The Book Thief and found it very inspiring. I know Markus Zusak isn’t exactly a new author, but he’s new to me since I’ve never read anything of his before and I’ll definitely be checking out more of his books!
What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a novella set in Japan in 2011, call A Tangled Web (TBC). It follows the day to day life of school-girl Tayio Hayashi as she falls in love with her best friend, Ryuu. But there’s a problem… she’s currently dating his twin brother. Taiyo struggled the juggle the two, lying to both of them, but when a true disaster strikes, in the form of the Great East Japan earthquake and the devastation tsunami that followed, she is suddenly confronted with the consequences of the selfish mistakes.
I’m also working on a slew of short stories, one of which is ‘The Origins of Snow’, which will be a short story based on Snow White and will introduce my new adult fantasy series.
What would you like my readers to know?
I’m not the type of author that writes only a certain genre. I like variety and I’m also eager to explore all different genres, so you’ll never be bored. Check out my website to see if there is something that suits you!
Website/Blog – http://mlsparrow.wix.com/mlsparrow
Twitter – https://twitter.com/MLSparrow1
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mlsparrowauthor/
Two signed Paperback copies of Player.
£15 Amazon Gift card