Samantha resides in Warwickshire, England with her twin girls and occasionally her husband, who works abroad. She admits that his long absences often help get the creative juices flowing. She’s a romance addict and has been devouring all kinds of romance for as long as she can remember.
A huge history buff, Samantha likes to blend her love of the past with her love of romance and create thrilling and passionate tales set to medieval backdrops. She thinks there’s nothing sexier than a rugged warrior and a feisty maiden falling head over heels for each other.
What inspires you to write?
The voices in my head…No, seriously, it’s really just something I enjoy doing. Would I do it if people didn’t read? Probably not but I’d still do it if only a few people read my books, as I love the thought of dragging someone into my imaginary world for a while.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a very strict routine but I’m not much of a planner. My books start in my head, pretty much as a singular idea usually, and then I may plot some out in my mind or I may just start writing. I don’t write books in order – I just write the scenes the resonate most strongly with me and then work around that. Often it’s the most important scene I write first, and it helps me figure out where I need to characters to go and how to get there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters but I am sort of a third-person when they’re having their conversations. I used to feature in my stories (usually as the heroine) but now, sadly, I’m just a bystander.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s a wonderful talent to have but I see too many writers thinking they’re the best thing since sliced bread and spamming everyone left, right and centre with their links. Marketing etc is great but it’s not everything. Concentrate on writing great stuff and the rest will fall ito place.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My books are a mix of self-published and traditional. I like the control I have with self-publishing and being able to offer my books at a price that is fair but my publisher is wonderful and very supportive. I also like the idea of spreading my work, so I’m not totally reliant on the self-publishing platforms, so I will continue to do a bit of both. Self-publishing is a great way of expanding your fanbase, finding out what works and what doesn’t and honing your craft.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It changes every minute of the day (or so it seems). There are new articles cropping up constantly, so its very hard to tell. The emphasis will no doubt be on ebooks. I hope that some of the smaller publishers grow. They are great at being personable, friendly and supportive without being greedy and it would be great to have a bit more competition out there.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print