MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE AND SOURCEBOOKS,INC. PRESENTS AUTHOR SAMANTHA GRACE TODAY!!
MBA&M: Good morning, Samantha, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!!
SAMANTHA: It’s my pleasure to be here today. Thank you for inviting me to be a guest.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Samantha Grace?
SAMANTHA: I must have my morning coffee, but never hazelnut. I love to dance. My husband and I have two great kids who make me laugh daily. We have a dog that also likes to tap dance for her supper. I could eat Tex Mex every day. And I’m super curious, especially about people. I love getting to know new people and learning what is important to them.
MBA&M: What, if anything made you decide to write historical romance?
SAMANTHA: I enjoyed reading historical romance in my early twenties, but later I gravitated toward the Oprah Book Club picks. If I read romance, it tended to be chick lit (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Confessions of a Shopaholic). About four years ago, I was going through a tough time at work, and I didn’t want to read a heavy, sad story. Browsing in the library, I stumbled across an old favorite, Johanna Lindsey. The book I picked up swept me away from modern life for a time, and left me with a big smile.
I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and I think part of my turmoil with work was a signal that it was time to pursue that dream. Since an author spends months immersed in the world she creates, I wanted it to be a place I enjoyed. Regency England is just that place, and I love it!
SAMANTHA: Lord Andrew and Lana Hillary were secondary characters in my first attempt at a romance novel. They had such strong personalities that I found myself more interested in them. I began to question what would happen if the two of them became involved romantically, and the story began to unfold. I really had no idea what either of them would do or say moment to moment, which made it enjoyable for me.
MBA&M: Do the characters usually just appear or do they “beg” for an appearance”?
SAMANTHA: They usually appear. I might think, “I need a villain”, but then I don’t know who will show up and step into that role. I feel like the first draft is mostly me getting to know the characters and what makes them tick.
MBA&M: What or who are 3 of your top reads/author who you feel influenced your writing of historical romances? Why?
SAMANTHA:I already mentioned Johanna Lindsey drawing me into the genre, but that was just the first step. After I started writing, I discovered some of the newer generation historical romance authors. Two years ago, I listened to an audio book by Amanda Quick on the way to Chicago. There was something about listening to the story instead of reading it that flipped a switch for me. I started to feel the language. I’m not saying I’ve perfected it, because I do tend to have a modern voice for the most part, but it stopped being such a struggle. Lastly, I owe so much to my mentor, Ava Stone. She took me under her wing and generously shared knowledge she had accumulated over her ten year career as a regency romance author. And she’s still there for me.
MBA&M: If you could step into a book and be a character what book would it be and why?
SAMANTHA:I’ve always loved Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. I like the closeness between the Dashwood sisters, so I would want to be part of their family. My sister is significantly younger than me and we live far apart. I adore her and wish we could see each other every day if we wanted.
MBA&M: What is on the horizon for Samantha Grace?
SAMANTHA: The second book of my series, Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half, will be released in June. It’s about Lana Hillary’s brother, Jake, and the beautiful widow, Amelia. Both characters make appearances in Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel. Readers can expect the same sense of fun, a new set of delightful characters, and a familiar face or two along the way.
MBA&M: Who is your biggest hero, be it person, or character and why?
SAMANTHA:This is hard to answer, because there are so many great people throughout history. I think I’m going to have to say one of my friends, though. She has gone through some very tough times over the last couple of years, but instead of becoming bitter, she remains hopeful and kind. Her inner strength is amazing. I wish her and her family the best. If anyone deserves happiness, it is my friend, because she spreads happiness wherever she goes.
Samantha, do you have anything to add?
I love meeting readers, so thanks again to MBA&M for this chance to introduce myself and my book.
“Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel” can be found at independent bookstores, the larger chain bookstores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. The book is in print and ebook format.
I can be found at www.samanthagraceauthor.com, Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/samanthagraceromanceauthor), Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/SamGraceAuthor), and I blog regularly at Lady Scribes (www.ladyscribes.blogspot.com). I’ll also be attending the RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago this year, and hope to see some of you there.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and our readers!!
MISS HILLARY SCHOOLS A SCOUNDREL
Mass Market Paperback:416 pages
Publisher:Sourcebooks Casablanca (February 7, 2012)
Book Description(from Amazon)
HE’LL NEVER SETTLE FOR ONE WOMAN…
Debonair bachelor Lord Andrew Forest lives for pleasure and offers no apologies. But he receives a dose of his own medicine when his family’s entrancing houseguest beds him, then disappears without so much as a by-your-leave. He’d like to teach the little vixen a thing or two about how to love and man…if he can find her..
AND SHE WON’T SETTLE FOR HEARTBREAK…
After the dashing man of her dreams is revealed as a lying scoundrel, heiress Lana Hilary is ready to seek a match with a respectable gentleman-if only they weren’t so dreadfully boring. Unable to rein in her bold nature for long, Lana flirts with trouble and finds herself entangled with exactly the type of man she’s vowed to avoid.
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