Interview with Samantha Anderson

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. I have two daughters and there have been a lot of things in my life that I've overcome because of them. I wouldn't be half the person I am without knowing that I have to set an example for them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing HAHA! I typically have music of some sort on, I'm an avid fan-girl of The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I typically look for random, new authors. I will pick a genre and then look for new releases. I know what it's like to be starting out, and to get excited over the latest download stat, so if something interests me about an author I will read their book first.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it almost ended my writing career before it ever really started. I grew up in an uber-strict home, by very old-fashioned, religious parents. My first story was considered taboo to them and the notebook I was writing it in got taken from me. I was told I could and should write but couldn't write about those kinds of topics. My stubbornness kicked in and I didn't write anything again for almost a decade.
What is your writing process?
It really depends on the story I'm writing. Some come naturally and in those, it's just me and my laptop, writing chapter by chapter. I will jot down notes in a notebook that I would like to remember for later, but it's just writing. With my first novel, I outlined a chapter list in a notebook and then wrote a chapter at a time. With my second novel, I just started writing and never outlined. the finale to the series was outlined numerous times as it kept changing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that ever moved me emotionally was Where The Red Fern Grows. I got so attached to those dogs and the boy in the story, without even realizing it. Shortly after that I read Island of the Blue Dolphins and it was the same thing. I think it was then that I decided I wanted to write a story that would move people. Now, many, many years later, I still feel the same.
How do you approach cover design?
I suck at artwork if we're being honest. I'm not one of those people that picks up a book because of a cover. Normally it's the title that grabs my attention. There has only ever been one book cover that made me get the book, so I am lost when it comes to it. Luckily, very early on, while writing my first book, I met a designer who knew exactly what I was looking for. While working on my second novel, I then met the woman who has designed my last two covers. I tell Regina a synopsis, and typically have a title picked, and she normally does the rest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone. I never thought it would be, but it is always with me, and I swore I wouldn't get into the e-reader craze because I love the smell of a printed book. I will admit though. it's a million times easier to lay in bed and read on an iPhone than it is to have a print book in your hand.
Where did you grow up and has it influenced your writing?
I grew up in Illinois, in the midst of cornfields and prairies. I can honestly say that I don't think where I grew up affected my writing in any way, except maybe it gave me a big imagination because there was nothing else to do. However I noticed about a year ago that when I describe a home, it almost always has elements of my aunt's old farmhouse that was my favorite place when I was a kid.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Devil's Downfall is the conclusion to the Devrynne Kaine series. It closes us everything with Devrynne and the life she has sculpted, being the Vampire Queen of Vegas. I really cannot give too much more than that though without spoiling the first two novels.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a neurotic, control freak! You can insert maniacal laughter here. When I wrote my first book, it was never with the intention of selling it to anyone more than my family. I simply wanted a tangible copy, in my hands, that I could show to every single person who had told me I would never write a book. Then when I started writing my second book and getting close to publishing it, I realized I liked the control I had over the story and who was able to read it.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a novel called My Father's Son. It is about a detective in NYC that lives in his father's image and battles between doing what is right and what his father wants, especially while trying to catch a serial killer.
Published 2013-09-28.
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Books by This Author

The Devil's Downfall
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 131,880. Language: American English. Published: May 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
It's been almost eighteen years since Devrynne and Liam last saw Luc. While they'd love to believe that he has finally found someone else to torment, they know that the closer it gets to their daughter's birthday, that their luck is about to run out. All of our favorite characters are back in the exciting finale of the Devrynne Kaine Series, will they be able to stop Luc before it's too late?
The Devil's Apprentice
Series: The Devrynne Kaine Series, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,210. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Devrynne Kaine may have finally met her match. After her recent release from the Order of Ancients, she is trying to live quietly off of their radar, but when Liam Taylor arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to play new games with even darker enemies. Can she trust the man who is practically family to her or is he leading her right into the hands of those set on retaliation?
The Devil's Angel
Series: The Devrynne Kaine Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,210. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Being blackmailed is part of everyday life for Devrynne Kaine, Satan's chosen queen. But she now finds herself in a crisis she can't get out of. Being accused of killing her sire without permission of the Order that she belongs to, she stands to lose everything she's ever worked for. Now in a race against time, can she find a way out of the trouble she’s in without giving up her humanity?