Author Interview: Samantha Hunter

(This interview was originally for my BB in August but was never published to my injury, it has since then been updated! Apologies to the author for it never being published)
 
 
Ohh I'm loving this themed month especially today as the amazing Samantha Hunter is here with an interview! :) Isn't it amazing??

~ Can you tell readers a bit about yourself?
Well, most of the highlights you can read in my bios, but I've lived in the Syracuse NY area my whole life, and I've been writing full time, primarily Blaze, for almost 10 years -- before that I taught university writing for 12 years, and before that, I did a lot of different things, a variety of part-time and full-time jobs along with going to school and getting my degrees later in my 20s. I'm happily married, and I have a lot of hobbies that keep me going in between writing. I'm am Aquarius, though most of the time my forecast doesn't seem to fit (and I don't really take that stuff seriously anyway).
~ Your writing journey/history so far?

Well, aside of writing 20+ Harlequin Blaze novels in the past 8 years, I've also written some self-pub mysteries and novellas, and I've have three sexy contemp novellas coming out with Samhain Publishing (one is available right now, TIGHT QUARTERS). I think my writing journey has been my whole life; I always was a reader/writer, even as a kid, when I wrote little books of my own, and stories for kids at school to read. I studied writing in college, then taught it, did some magazine editing, and eventually tried writing a romance on the prompting of a friend. That ended up being my first Blaze, Virtually Perfect (yes, I sold my first book, but never fear, I've had more than my share of rejections after that...LOL).

Your novel(s)?
 
Best place to read up on those is here: http:www.samanthahunter.com -- the most current release is TIGHT QUARTERS, part of a collection called Strangers on a Train, which is about heroines and heroes who all meet on trains, in various situations. It was born of a meeting of the minds with four other authors, Donna Cummings, Serena Bell, Ruthie Knox and Meg Maguire, when we got talking about a Tumblr blog featuring pictures of men on trains.
 
~ What's a typical writing day like for you?

Most of the time I try to do email and any extra things that need doing around the house, walk the dogs, etc in the morning over coffee. Then, I will typically write from about 12pm-5pm. I am usually focusing my full attention on one project at a time, one book at a time, though I will also work on edits or new ideas, notes or synopses, if I have the time or I am required to do that. I will sometimes write in the mornings or evenings,but not often, usually only if I have a reason to do so, a deadline, etc or some spare time when I feel like writing. I tend not to work on weekends, since writing is my day job, I need a break from it in order to stay fresh. But this schedule can change, and I work writing around my life, and my life around writing, depending on what needs my attention at the time. I like this flexibility, which is one of the best parts of the writing life :)

~ Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

To finish their books, primarily -- nothing can happen if you don't finish the book -- and to keep stretching and pushing themselves to get better, try something new and difficult.
 
~ Why do you think so many women love romance novels?
 
I imagine women have a lot of different reasons for reading romance -- to feel good, to escape from a hectic/stressful work/family life, to feel a little spark in their day, to remember or fantasize about those great first days when you meet someone and fall in love, and just because they are fun and easy to read. Hundreds of reasons :)

~ Out of all your books which character has been your favourite to write and why?
 
This is always a tough question, and it's even tougher now, with my new series coming out in the winter, the Berringer Bodyguards miniseries with Blaze -- I LOVE all of these heroes. But I will admit that my favourite -- by a very small squeak of a margin -- is probably Garrett, the oldest brother (YOURS FOR THE NIGHT, Nov '12). He's a widower, and he's pretty much everything I personally would find attractive in a man -- he's older for one thing, in his late 30s, and he's very mature. He's also movie-star handsome, very sexy, very willing to be adventurous, but also very responsible and take care of the people around him. He also loved his late wife completely, and getting past that and finding a new love is a big deal for him -- just writing about Garrett makes me get shivers, and I hope reading about him does the same for everyone else.
 
Your a romance writer.... what's the best romance advice you could give someone?
 
Do the little things every day for the person you love -- little kisses, little hugs, a little help, a little understanding, little gestures... over time, all of those small things add up to more than one big gesture now and then. Make sure they know you need them done for you, too. It's always give and take.
 
~ Is there anything specific you'd like to say to readers?
 
Thank you. :)
 As a teenager what was the best/worst thing you ever done?
 
The best was to avoid any drugs whatsoever -- I never even smoked or tried any drugs. I've always been happy about that.

The worst was getting married too early (19) not going to college, etc -- I got a divorce and finished my education a little later, and I also married the man of my dreams after that (we've been together 20 years now) so it all worked out fine, but making that mistake early on made life pretty hard for a while, on me, but also on my son, so that was not good.
 
This is my last year of being a teenager... :( *sob* is there any advice or something you think I should try or do to make it the best ever.
 
Just have fun. :) And don't get married. (LOL) And don't text while driving. ;) (No, seriously, don't).
 
Flash Favourites:
 
Colour: Changes... has generally been purple, but lately, like yellow and orange.
Dessert: Cake.
Place: The beach.
Book: Too many to name...
Author: Again, too many to name
Season: Summer

Check out Samantha's latest novel out now:

Tight Quarters

(Image link goes to Amazon.co.uk)
 
About the book:
(Taken from Amazon)
Two hearts converge…until fear runs love off the rails.
A Strangers on a Train Story
In the years since a horrific car accident left her with a long list of phobias, Brenna Burke has overcome them all except one. Crippling claustrophobia—not a good trait for an aspiring travel writer.
With an interview for her dream job looming, Brenna forces herself to board a train for a weekend tour through New York State…only to find her berth has been double booked.
Retired NYPD detective Reid Cooper isn’t happy about the mix-up, or his attraction to his petite, sexy roommate. But as their up-close-and-personal weekend progresses, something remarkable happens. Being with Reid makes Brenna feel normal, unafraid of anything.
After one passionate night, both are thinking beyond a mere weekend fling. But when Brenna’s last phobia pounces at the worst possible time, she could miss the last boarding call for happily ever after.
Warning: This book contains a hot-to-the-touch hero and sizzling sex at high speeds.
 
AND Bending over Backwards
 

(Available to pre-order - out 23 July 2013)
 
About the book:
 
 
They both lost everything, and then they found each other.
Jasmine Stanford has to be the most stressed-out yoga instructor on Cape Cod. Years after a childhood trauma left her penniless, homeless and parentless, working hard to maintain her hard-won success and security is all she knows.
Controlling her carefully rebuilt life is Jasmine’s first priority, and there’s no room or time in it for sexy former stockbroker Leo Fischer. But the more Leo comes around, the more Jasmine feels her resolve crumbling.
Leo is—or was—a hotshot investment banker until a workplace tragedy wiped out his memory and his career. On Cape Cod to recover, he’s at loose ends, his future uncertain…until Jasmine becomes his north star. But their relationship is only physical, and Jasmine keeps her distance, even when she’s as close to him as any woman can be.
Jasmine is anything but indifferent to the desire exploding between them. A summer fling was fine when she thought Leo would return to New York. But she’s falling hard—and the last thing she wants to catch her is the past…
Warning: This book contains a wounded hero hotter than a summer sun and sex in very flexible positions.
 
What did you think of the interview? Have you read any of the authors novels? 

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