Samantha Grace debuted earlier this year with her witty, fun Regency romance Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel. Her follow-up, Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half, is out now and it’s just as wonderful as her debut (you can read my review here).
I interviewed Samantha earlier this year, and I’m thrilled to welcome her back to Reader, I Created Him!
It’s great to be here, Kat! Thanks so much for inviting me back.
1. Your debut novel, Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel, came out in February and has received great reviews. What has surprised you the most in you first five months as a published author?
I think it has to be how busy I am. I had no idea! But it has also been great. I’m also surprised by how kind and generous readers are. I’m so honored when they take time out of their just-as-busy lives to let me know what they love about my books. It makes all that hard work worth it.
2. I read in an interview with The Romance Reader that you work for a hospice helping families take care of their loved ones at home – an incredibly admirable job that I imagine can take quite a toll on you emotionally. Does writing romance play a therapeutic role in your life?
On the other hand, my work in hospice helps me to keep things in perspective with my writing. In comparison to what my patients and their families are dealing with every day, a review from someone I don’t even know saying my book is pretty much the worst book ever written is hardly a crisis. And in the words of Kip from Napoleon Dynamite, “Like anyone could even know that.” LOL
3. I love the picture of the cake you were given to celebrate your debut. How have your family and friends reacted to your new career as a romance novelist?