Interview with Samantha Young

Published 2018-11-21.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve always written as far back as I can remember. I would say the catalyst was C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. After reading that book, I fell in love with the power of imagination.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I finished my first full length novel while I was at university and I tried to find an agent for it with no success. When I graduated I was struggling to find a job and writing helped me with my frustration and worries. By the time I found a job I had completed a trilogy and then I lost the job due to budget cuts in the company. That’s when I started reading Amanda Hocking’s books and began following her self-publishing. Her story inspired me and one of the lowest times in my life became the most exciting as I researched self-publishing. Within six months of being an indie author I was making enough money to declare it my career.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book series (which totals more than five books so I’m technically cheating!) is FEVER SERIES by Karen Marie Moning. It has everything I want in a story. A heroine with brilliant character development, intrigue, mystery, action, suspense, interactions between characters even though it’s an urban fantasy series, secondary characters so well-developed you love them just as much as the heroine, an intelligent hero who keeps you guessing (is he really the villain) and a soaring plotline. Every book is better than the last and that’s the mark of great writing.
What is the first book that made you cry?
When I was little I read everything by Roald Dahl, including The Witches. It just made me really sad that the main character had to be a mouse forever. At one point I think his grandmother even points out that his life span will be shorter.
Who’s your book boyfriend or secret book crush?
It’s not a secret LOL. It’s Jericho Z Barrons from FEVER SERIES by Karen Marie Moning.
What do you read for pleasure?
My favorite genres to read for pleasure are fantast/urban fantasy (YA and Adult), historical fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, young adult literature, science fiction, and autobiographies.
Describe your writing process
I’m a plotter. When I start with kernel of an idea I have to expand it on paper before sitting down at my laptop to write. First I put on music. Then I start work on character profiles because character development is so important to furthering the plot. Then I write a full summary for the entire book. I used to write individual chapter summaries but, as with any skill, the more you do it the better (hopefully!) you get at it. Now I can just dive straight into writing with the guide of the summary.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on book three in my HART’S BOARDWALK series. This is a series set in a fictional small town on the Delaware coast, following the love lives of the people who own businesses along the boardwalk.

It’s what I love to do. I love creating worlds and characters and being able to put myself in someone else’s shoes for a while. My imagination has always run rampant. Even as a tiny little girl my parents said I’d come up with fantastical stories for my dolls to play out. I need an outlet for that imagination. And I love books. They’re pure escapism and everyone needs that in their lives, some more than others. It’s just a part of who I am to want to create characters and worlds readers want to spend time with/in for a while.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Lose the adverbs!!!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central Scotland, a town that sits between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It heavily influences my writing because I love being authentic, so I do write about Scotland a lot. Every culture is different and I love bringing my culture to my stories. We’re a sentimental people but in a very gruff way, ha, and I think this definitely comes across in my writing.
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