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?
They are so excited and behind me 100%. My co-workers have been celebrating with me from day one, but with each small success they are always sure to add, “But you can’t leave us.”
My kids tell everyone they know that I’m a published author, or in my daughter’s case, anyone who will listen. My husband quietly reads my books and blogs then tells me how good I am. Who doesn’t need to hear that, even if his opinion might be biased?
I’ve also been so blessed with amazing in-laws in addition to my own family. My mother-in-law was the one to plan my surprise celebration, and my father-in-law bought several of my books to give to people at work. He has also been a great sport about all the Amazon recommendations he gets for romance novels now. He is so NOT a romance reader! LOL
Loyal, headstrong, and flawed. Perfect is boring, not to mention fake. I love to see characters grow. That’s more than three words. Sorry! (grin)
5. What’s the best compliment a reader has given you?
I love every compliment!!! Nevertheless, I think the best came from my mom. I was unsure about revealing that I was writing romance, because I grew up in a conservative part of the US where some people frown upon a lot of things. Not that my mom was ever conservative, but she still lives there and I didn’t want her to be embarrassed with her friends.
When I finally told her, she was so happy for me. She said she has known since I was a little girl that I was meant to write. She has read both books and is excited to share them with her friends. I can’t tell you what it means to have my mom’s blessing.
Samantha Grace is giving away a copy of Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half to one lucky reader. Leave a comment here and I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday June 19th.
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Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half
Widowed philanthropist Lady Amelia Audley would like nothing more than to forget wealthy bachelor Jake Hillary, but it’s blasted difficult when he is seated next to her at a dinner hosted by his mother. It’s even harder to forgive him for kissing her senseless a year earlier then disappearing without a word. Yet, Amelia must endure Jake’s company if she wishes to benefit from his mother’s connections and win support for a project dear to her heart, the renovation of the foundling hospital.
Jake Hillary has known nothing but heartbreak since he met Amelia. First, she chose his closest friend instead of him then she dismissed his love letters and took up with a rake while he tended to urgent family matters. When his debauched brother sets out to seduce her, Jake risks his heart once more and begins to court Amelia. Soon he and Amelia discover an abiding affection for one another, a love that has survived despite the efforts of others to keep them apart. Happiness seems within their reach at last until the past resurfaces and threatens to destroy their love forever.