Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney’s “Robin Hood”. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn’t want the warm fuzzies to end. Now that Samantha is grown, she enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and Pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.
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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I live in Wisconsin with my husband, our two kids (16 & 11), a neurotic coonhound mutt, and a sassy calico cat. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and my Master of Social Work. I’ve been working as a hospice social worker for almost 11 years, and even though I dream of quitting my day job to write full time, I’m not sure I could do it easily. The work helps me to appreciate each day and not make mountains out of molehills. As strange as it sounds, considering the sad nature of the work, I’ve never been happier in my life. Plus, I need coworkers in my life that don’t bark at the UPS man. At least not most of the time. If I weren’t a social worker and author, I would love to do something in interior design.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since third grade. I used to write stories and harass the adults when they came over for game night at our house to read what I’d written. They were mostly patient, although I remember receiving a few eye rolls. My friends were a lot more understanding and would sit on my bedroom floor to listen to me read my stories. They are still some of my biggest supporters.
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
I’m a little of both, but I’m more of a plotter. Before I start writing, I know my characters’ pasts, goals, and motivations. Then I do a rough outline of the turning points in the story so I know the basic structure, but there are lots of spaces in between where I let the characters take over, and I write by the seat of my pants.
Where do your ideas come from?
They can come from anywhere: An old movie, a song, an experience or interaction I have, an event in history, a biography. Sometimes I’ll brainstorm with my writing partners and they don’t take an idea I toss out there, so I develop it later. The glove duel scene from IN BED WITH A ROGUE came out of a brainstorming session with my husband while sitting in the Chicago O’Hare airport waiting for our flight to RWA 2013. I needed something to bring the two rival rogues back together. Once we had narrowed it down to a non-life threatening duel where the Earl of Ellis was Sebastian’s second, the whole scenario began to take shape in my mind. I couldn’t wait to get to that part of the story.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less?
He needs a lady 4 his sister 2 reenter Society. She needs a rogue 2 search the brothels 4 hers. Both lose if anyone learns their secret.
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Happy-endings are a must for me, even if the journey to get there is emotional. I want to read a book that is uplifting by the time I reach the end, and I like stories that introduce me to a world that’s new to me. For example, I’m really into Catherine Gayle’s hockey romances. I’ve never been to a hockey game in my life, but now I’d go in a heartbeat.
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I love “I Know This Much is True” by Wally Lamb. It’s an intricate story that’s pieced together beautifully. The characters go through so much over the course of the book, and I really didn’t see a satisfying ending on the horizon, but I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen to these characters. As it turns out, the book does have a satisfying and happy ending. What a great story!
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Probably sex scenes. After writing several, it becomes more challenging to keep the scenes fresh, so it takes extra effort to write these scenes. Plus, the vocabulary for male and female anatomy, and the act itself, is limited for historical romance authors. A lot of the words we use today weren’t in existence or didn’t have the same context during the early 19th century.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
I love Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz. I enjoy the subtle humor in her books. I had the chance to hear her speak at RWA in Orlando and sat in a couple of her workshops. She seems like a down-to-earth person. I like that she’s a risk taker, too, and wrote stories that were exciting to her rather than sticking to the same old thing that had worked in the past.
Lisa Kleypas would be another pick. Besides being a wonderful author, she’s funny and seems like a positive person. I’d love to learn her tricks for making things sizzle on the page.
Lastly, I would love to share a bottle of wine with Sophie Kinsella. Her Shopaholic books were great, but one of my favorite books is Twenties Girl. I laughed and cried, and I couldn’t put it down.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I just turned in the third book in the Rival Rogues series, and I’m waiting on notes from my editor. A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND will be released next summer. I’m also developing three new stories building off the Rival Rogues series and working on a novella as a sequel to a novella included in “A Summons from the Duke” (anthology), Twice Upon a Time.
I’d like to thank Ramblings from this Chick for inviting me to be here today. I can’t wait to chat with everyone.
So… I have a question to toss out. I’ve noticed a possible trend emerging from reading reviews for books by many different authors and from various subgenres. Some authors are choosing to write less sex scenes, and it appears some readers like this new approach. Less time between the sheets means more time is going toward character development and building the romance, from their observations. Other readers say “there’s no such thing as too many sex scenes”. What do you think?
He’s the Talk of the Town
The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone’s jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family’s reputation no matter what it takes.
She’s the Toast of the Ton
Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he’s quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she’s got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes…
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