New York Times Bestsellers Author of On Dublin Street, The Tale of Lunarmorte,
Fire Spirits, and Warriors of Ankh.
On Dublin Street
The Tale of Lunarmorte
Warriors of Ankh
1) As a designer, I have to start with your covers. Who did them for you? They are gorgeous!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you like them. Most of my covers for my self-published books are designed by the extremely talented Phatpuppy Art. The covers for the INTO THE DEEP series I designed myself.
2) Are you primarily an indie author, or have you been published traditionally as well? If not, would you ever consider it and why?
I’m what some people in the industry are calling a hybrid author. I self-publish but I’m also published traditionally. My adult series ON DUBLIN STREET is published by New American Library and has sold in twenty-five countries.
3) You have such a vast range of stories, what drives you to write?
Usually I’m driven by the characters that pop into my head demanding me to tell their story. Sometimes it’s by worlds that pop into my head and the characters quickly follow. I’ve always had a vivid imagination and writing is an outlet for it, one that is an absolute necessity to me.
4) In one sentence, tell us about you.
I’m a family-orientated, sarcastic book junkie and I could honestly live in a world of perpetual autumn where Walkers Crisps are the only food source.
5) Which of your novels was the hardest to write and which was the easiest and why?
The hardest novel to write was DARKNESS, KINDLED (FIRE SPIRITS #4). I had left the FIRE SPIRITS world to write my first two contemporary romance novels for adults: ON DUBLIN STREET and DOWN LONDON ROAD. Returning to the YA paranormal genre after a good few months of absence was a little disorientating, not to mention FIRE SPIRITS is my most complex world-building, so writing a finale that tied everything up in a way that made complete sense to the overall series development was more than a little taxing on the brain. The easiest to write was INTO THE DEEP. Jake and Charley’s story slammed into me one day and I sat down and began writing it and it was done within weeks. Their story just poured out of me. I can’t explain it. I wished that were the case all the time!
6) What are you working on right now and would you share some of it with us?
I’m working on FALL FROM INDIA PLACE (ON DUBLIN STREET #4). Unfortunately, it’s still in early stages so I can’t share an excerpt. However, here is the blurb: When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again…
7) Tell us about the last book you published.
The last book I published was INTO THE DEEP, the first part in a two-part story about first love and second chances. It takes place in Indiana and Edinburgh, and it follows the story of Jake and Charley, a young couple who fall deeply in love at sixteen and are separated by a tragic event. They meet again four years later during a study abroad in Scotland and while they are there they try to overcome their past, their issues and all the obstacles standing in their way of being together again.
8) A lot of your work is paranormal. Will you write contemporary for Young Adult?
I’m always open to writing in mostly any genre, yes.
9) What word of advice would you give an aspiring author?
Write, write and write some more. The only way to improve is by practice. Through practice you learn who you are as a writer—your writing style and your ‘voice’.
10) Where can we find you and your books?
You can find me at www.samanthayoungbooks.com where you’ll find links to where you can purchase my novels.