HAPPY THANKSGIVING, ALL!!
Here’s this week’s interview:
– SAMANTHA SOMMERSBY
– Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance
– Publisher(s): Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Phaze Books, Red Rose Publishing
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- 1. Writing can be very isolating. Network with other authors. They can be of great support.
- 2. The World Wide Web is not a private place. How you present to the public can leave a lasting impression. Strive to be gracious and professional at all times.
- 3. Write because you have to, because you love it, but never forget this is a business.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- I have the most fun doing interviews and putting my newsletter together every month. I spend the vast majority of my advertising budget on Internet-based advertising. I do advertise in print and invest in paper materials like bookmarks, postcards, bookplates, etc. But I also invest in on-line banner ads, video trailers, and social networking.
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- Like many authors, I was surprised to find out how hard authors have to work to promote themselves and their books. In addition to maintaining a website and newsletter, I have a presence on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger. It can be a challenge to maintain. You have to stay really organized and make sure that you’re dedicating time to answer emails and promote releases.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- Kiss Me Deadly, a Silhouette Nocturne by Michele Hauf
- It’s a free 60th Anniversary Read released by Harlequin that I downloaded from the All Romance website prior to hopping on the plane to attend Authors After Dark last week.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- I prefer reading eBooks. I read on my iPhone, which I carry with me all the time. When I fly I normally have an “emergency” print book cover that time period during which you have to turn off the electrical devices.
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- Tough question, there aren’t many books that I re-read over and over. I have a stack of Buffy Comics by my bed that I dip back into before bedtime when I’m between books (I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan). I have a copy of Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that I’ve read countless times. I bought it for myself back in high school—a long time ago. I have a beautiful copy of Twas the Night Before Christmas that I bought the year my son was born. We read it together every Christmas eve before heading off to bed.
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- I’ve always loved reading and writing, but for a long time they were put aside in favor of academic and professional pursuits. At forty I found I was living and breathing work. And, although my work was rewarding, it was also very stressful. It was then that I rediscovered my love of writing. I began working on a fictional story purely for my own pleasure. Once I had about ten chapters written I managed to gather up enough courage to post them on the Internet for critique. The feedback was fast and favorable. I was hooked. I quickly fell into a routine of writing every day. For three years I’d go to bed every night around 9:30 pm, then get up at 2:30 am so that I could write for four hours before going to work my “real life” job. After two years of that grueling routine I got my first publishing contract. Two years after that, in 2007, I left that “real life” job to pursue writing full time.
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- I revise along the way, so by the time I write “the end” the book has already been through a number of rewrites. At that point I like to put the manuscript aside and give myself a break for a couple days. I’ll schedule a massage and binge on bubble baths, other books, and movies. I try to rejuvenate myself so that I can come back to the work with a fresh perspective. Then I spend a few days reading the manuscript over one last time from start to finish before turning it in to my editor.
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- I would say that my characters speak to me. I primarily write in the first person point of view. It’s a very intense and intimate experience. That character voice is in my head all of the time.
– Website: http://samanthasommersby.com/
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