Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Guest Post: Sasha Clinton


Sasha Clinton discovered romance novels at the age of thirteen and has been addicted to the genre ever since. After getting a degree in Chemical Engineering and realizing that there was no way she could ever be an engineer, she decided to follow her passion and write romance novels. Sasha has lived in New Delhi, Melbourne, Manchester and Boston and continues to move frequently. But wherever she is, she’s hard at work on her next book. 

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Character Introduction: Henry and Max (Henry and Me)

Sasha: Hi everyone, I’m Sasha Clinton. My new rom-com Henry and Me goes live today. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the main couple, Max and Henry.


Every romance writer has something (a trope/type of character/a setting etc.) they love to write about, and beta heroes are my cup of tea. I always tend to like the sweet, good guys in romance novels.  So when I was coming up with Henry I thought about creating a type of hero who is not traditionally popular in romance novels: the nerd. But I also didn’t want Henry to be defined by this, so I had to make him a well-rounded character. In the end, I think Henry turned out to be a very realistic character.

What I love about his personality is that while he’s introverted and somewhat awkward, he’s a very mature guy. He’s had his share of problems in life, but he remains very optimistic. He’s also very easygoing and doesn’t get mad easily. This is why Max—our heroine—falls for him. He balances out her personality.

Since Henry is thin, pale and youngish-looking, the celebrity who comes closest to him in appearance is probably Eddie Redmayne (excluding the hair color). 


Max is the exact opposite of Henry. She’s a total diva who has an extremely high opinion of herself. She is an actress who tried her luck in Hollywood but after tasting failure, returned to live with her brother in New York. While she was insufferable in college, failure has mellowed her and for most of the book she’s funny, extroverted, and somewhat accident-prone.

What I love about Max is her sense of humor. She’s a fun person to be around, highly amusing at times.

Fun fact: I totally ripped off her name from Mark Zuckerberg’s daughter. She’s called Max, too. Her full name is Maxima. I felt like it was a unique name for a heroine.

Physically, there are many actresses who could look like Max, but this image of Amanda Seyfried seemed particularly close to Max’s character.

~Sasha Clinton 

Henry and Me by Sasha Clinton
Publisher: Sasha Clinton (July 5th, 2017)
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Romantic Comedy)

When we were in college, Henry Stone asked me out and I shot him down in the most humiliating way possible.

He was a nerd and I was the golden girl of the theatre society, destined to make it big in Hollywood, so how could there be anything between us?

Now six years later, as an out-of-work actress who has to take on a housekeeping job to stay afloat, I run into him again—and boy, has he made it big.

As I begin to clean his house and take care of his precocious nephew, I realize how wrong I was about him. He’s sexy, smart, kind, everything I never though he would be.

But I have demons that he can’t fight. Demons that keep me away from love.

One thing’s for sure: This housekeeper-gig is going to be the hardest role of my life.

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Thanks for stopping by, Sasha, and introducing us to Henry and Max! 

And for what it's worth: betas and nerd heroes are always popular in romancelandia, you just have to find their audience! I see so many on Twitter who are always looking for these heroes, just like I am, so I know they're in demand, though perhaps overshadowed by the big tough Alpha sometimes. :)


Until Next Time,


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