Samantha: Does someone actually “decide” to be a writer? It seems to me that I’ve been writing my whole life. I won some writing and poetry competitions when I was in grade school. I wrote non-fiction, newspaper articles and scholarly articles throughout school, but fiction was my great love. I started writing the first novel I completed the same day I entered graduate school. Needless to say, it took years to finish. But once I did, and I realized it was good, I suppose that was the turning point. Then when my first child was born and I was going out of my mind at home, I sat down and wrote my second book with the intention of selling it. I did, and I never looked back. I’ve been writing professionally for three years.
Ester: How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?
Samantha: Well, when I wrote my second book, I wrote it for a specific market and a specific publisher. I entered the first three chapters in a contest in which my current editor was the final judge. I was hoping for feedback, and to get my work in front of her. I won, and she requested a full. So I sat down and finished the book and sent it to her. Within a few weeks, she’d bought it. I do not recommend anyone enter a contest with an incomplete manuscript, by the way. Talk about pressure when she requested the full! The whole process took less than a year.
Ester: What would you do differently next time?
Samantha: Finish the book first. 🙂
Ester: What (or who) inspires or influences your writing?
Samantha: Everything influences my writing. Music, books, scenery, television, movies, poetry, drama, my kids, my husband, my friends, rainy days, summertime, sleepless nights, you name it. It all goes in there. Anything can be inspiring whether it’s character, setting, dialog or conflict. If I’m sitting at my computer and I’m thinking, and in my manuscript my heroine is thinking, and I hear my wind chimes, then she might hear wind chimes. And then maybe I’ll discover that she hates the sound of wind chimes because it reminds her of the day her mother died. I am always open to the possibility of inspiration.
Ester: I never thought of it that way. Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
Samantha: My first science fiction book came out in April. I’m very excited about this book. It’s called TOMORROW, and it’s part of the Hunters For Hire continuity series from Ellora’s Cave. I got in on the series during the planning stages and helped to write the series bible with Heather Holland, TJ Michaels, LA Day, and Vicky Burkholder. The series bible will be available soon as a free read from Ellora’s Cave titled HUNTERS FOR HIRE: THE UNIVERSE. We had a blast with it. The series is based around intergalactic bounty hunters who work for Bounty Hunters Inc.
Ester: Hey, I like Bounty Hunters. In fact, one of my characters is a Bounty Hunter in my work in progress. What do you do for fun when you are not writing?
Samantha: Read. LOL. I’m a voracious reader. And I do a great deal of research, particularly for my historical books. Right now I don’t have a lot of free time. I have three small children, ages 8, 5 and 2. So if I’m not writing, I’m on Mom duty. I don’t have time for t.v., and when we manage to get a babysitter, my husband and I prefer a long leisurely dinner at a nice restaurant to a movie. So I tend to have no idea what’s going on or what’s trendy.
Ester: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Samantha: Both. I write full-time in the sense that this is my only job. It pays the bills. But I write part-time in the sense that my first job is Mom. As my children get older and I can devote more time to writing, I’m sure I’ll be more prolific. But for now I’ve reached maximum overload.
Ester: Been there! Tell us about your latest release.
Samantha: Here’s my blurb for TOMORROW.
A HUNTERS FOR HIRE BOOK.
What if a beautiful rebel princess, on the run from an evil government, fell in love with the pirate who rescued her and with the bounty hunter who captured her? And what if the pirate and the bounty hunter used to be lovers?
Princess Cerise Chessienne has the power to enslave men with sex. She’s never used it–until now.
Regan is the most feared pirate in the galaxy, renowned for two things–his temper and his loyalty to the princess.
When bounty hunter, Tie, captures Cerise, he gives in to his desires. Now the two are addicted to sex with each other. Then Cerise leads Tie to his long-lost lover, Regan, and Tie realizes that tomorrow–the day he starts his life over–has arrived.
The Amalgamation wants to execute all three of them. So what are a beautiful princess, a pirate, and a philosophical bounty hunter to do? Have amazing sex, of course. And somehow lead the rebellion while avoiding capture.
Ester: Samantha, do you have any appearances coming up?
Samantha: Yes, I’ll be at Romanticon 2009 in Akron, OH September 9-11. I’ll be doing a workshop on menage, and signing books, but again I don’t have the schedule yet.
Ester: Thanks again Samantha, I’ve enjoyed speaking with you.
Samantha: Thanks for having me!
Ester: Samantha lives and writes in the great state of North Carolina, the most beautiful place on earth. You can check out her latest works at: