AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Samantha Kane plus giveaway
My eleventh Authors After Dark Spotlight is with Samantha Kane!
Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me?
I attended my first AAD last year. I heard such great buzz about the previous year I had to give it a try.
What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?
The panels. I think the panels at AAD last year were some of the best I’ve participated in or attended. A lot of thought and preparation went into organizing those.
Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?
I’ve been around long enough, I’ve met just about everyone, lol. But I am looking forward to seeing Joey Hill again, it’s been a couple of years. And I never get to see Stephanie Julian and Judy Fennell enough. And I always love hanging with my peeps Mari Freeman, Eliza Gayle, Cat Johnson and Lissa Matthews. And I could go on and on for pages and pages.
Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?
Screamed, “No way!” and ran around the house and then called my husband.
Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?
I can’t pick a favorite. I love them all. I can say I enjoyed researching Islands WWII setting because I got to talk to my dad about his experiences. And I loved writing Derek Knightly in At Love’s Command because he was an unrepentant ass most of the time and so much fun. I love the emotional journey the characters take in Love’s Fortress, and I loved bringing closure to a long standing but unresolved romance in Prisoner of Love. I had a blast creating the science fiction world of Tomorrow in the Hunters For Hire series. I’m having fun right now with my new series, The Saint’s Devils, because these Regencies are more light-hearted than my Brothers in Arms books, and some of the dialog is reminiscent of old Hollywood romantic comedies. My m/m Cherry Pie has a special place because it is set in my home, North Carolina. And my steampunk, Engine Number 9, co-written with Mari Freeman, is an homage to some of the westerns and science fiction I loved as a kid.
Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?
Lots of times! I have asked myself innumerable times, “OMG, did I really just write that?!” One scene in particular comes to mind, in Retreat from Love. That’s all I’m sayin’.
Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?
I already mentioned Derek Knightly in At Love’s Command. I loved writing that character, and still do since he’s been in books as a secondary character, because his emotions are so close to the surface and he has no off switch, no internal editor between thought and words. I’m also having a great deal of fun writing Sir Hilary St. John in my new series. He’s a Sherlock Holmes type character, unbelievably brilliant and sensual and secretive, but almost everything he says is tongue in cheek. He has a great sense of humor, particularly as it relates to him and his friends.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?
This is too vast a category to pick one. I don’t finish a book unless I love the characters. So I guess my answer is the hero or heroine of the last book I finished. My reading is as character driven as my writing. A few I’ve loved through the years include JD Robb’s Roark, JR Ward’s Rhage, Nalini Singh’s Lucas Hunter, and Jennifer Cruisie’s Phin Tucker. I will say that I tend to relate more to heroes than heroines. I loved Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton heroines, though.
Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad?
No. I have been surprised by reader reaction to the series or books as a whole. You can hope readers will love your books as much as you do, but to actually hear them say it is priceless. Right now I can’t think of one scene that I’ve had someone comment on. Characters and story, yes; scene, no.
Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?
I’ve always been a reader. I was lucky that my high school English teacher was very cool and we got to read some great books. I took a senior elective course in science fiction and that really opened up adult literature for me.
What book do you most remember having read in High School?
Alas Babylon, in the elective science fiction class. It’s a classic about the survival of a small Florida town after a nuclear war. It’s a small story in a big picture. A great book. I made my husband read it just a few years ago. He loved it, although it’s a little out dated now.
Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?
To Have and Have Not, with Bogart and Bacall, their first picture together.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night owl all the way. My poor husband is responsible for all breakfast duties for the kiddos until I drag myself out of bed. And then I keep him up late by reading or working in bed. He’s a saint.
Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I’m an introvert. I really have to force myself to open up in public among strangers, so conventions can be hard for me. It helps that now I do know so many people, so I’m rarely without a friend in the crowd.
Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
Your Brothers in Arms series features M/M/F relationships. Not just flings but strong and stable relationships. Do you find it challenging writing storylines that involve such unconventional bonds?
I’ve done several panels on writing ménage romance, and I always tell my audience that there are really four romances in every ménage: heroine/hero1, heroine/hero2, hero1/hero2, and heroine/hero1/hero2. Each relationship has to be explored in detail to make the HEA plausible. It’s a challenge. I also had to create a world within a world in Regency England where these unconventional relationships are accepted and encouraged. It is a challenge to make that work in each book.
The ninth book in your Brothers in Arms series, Love’s Surrender, was release late last year. Tell us about it.
The heroine, Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe, was introduced to readers in Retreat From Love. She’s the beautiful and well connected young lady whom The Duke of Ashland jilted in favor of a poor vicar’s daughter. She then became friends with Veronica Tarrant in Prisoner of Love. This is her book.
Book 9 in the Brothers in Arms series.
Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe is from one of England’s most well-respected families and the daughter of an earl. She has lived an exemplary life—the perfect daughter, the perfect lady. Until one Christmas Eve, when she meets two men who unleash her secret desires. She can’t surrender her heart, only her body, and only for the next twelve days. After Twelfth Night, their affair must end and she will return to a life that is slowly suffocating her.
Veterans Nick and Oliver have been constant companions since Waterloo. They share everything, including women and a bad reputation. When Lady Vanessa catches them in a compromising position, they are seduced by the longing in her eyes. Cool, distant, unattainable—the more she protests, the more they want her. Vanessa’s desires prompt the two men to finally give in to their feelings and become lovers. When desire becomes love, can they convince Vanessa to leave her privileged life behind and surrender to them forever?
You are hoping that book ten – book 10! – will be released later this year. Can you give us any hints about what to expect from that installment?
This is Daniel Steinberg’s story. Daniel is not only homosexual but he is also Jewish. So those facts alone make him an unusual Regency hero. Daniel’s old lover Harry Ashbury returns from America, intent on winning Daniel back and earning forgiveness for past betrayals. But one thing stands between them: Harry’s estranged, pregnant wife who has come to Daniel for protection from a situation Harry never envisioned, and for which he bears the blame. In order to help them both, Daniel has to decide where his heart and his loyalty lies. Unlike past books in the series, this one will not be m/m/f, but will contain a m/m romance and a m/f romance.
The Saint’s Devils is a new series that you are working on for Random House (congrats! *throws confetti*). The Devil’s Thief, book one, is expected to be released in November 2012. What can you tell us about your newest venture.
This Regency historical romance series is a trilogy based around three men who were friends in school: Alasdair Sharp, Roger Templeton, and Sir Hilary St. John. The men are notorious rakes and society has nicknamed them The Saint’s Devils after their unofficial leader, Sir Hilary St. John. Hilary St. John is a hedonistic Sherlock Holmes—brilliant, sensual, and enigmatic. In each book he helps to solve a mystery.
In The Devil’s Thief Alasdair Sharp vows to find the mysterious woman he made love to when he caught her stealing his famous and valuable heirloom, The Stewart Pearl. The virginal thief has also stolen his heart. He asks Hilary St. John to help him discover her identity and recover his pearl.
Thank you so much Samantha for chatting today.
Thanks for having me! I’m looking forward to seeing you in NOLA!
Samantha is offering one lucky winner his/her pick of any eBook from her backlist! Any eBook! Pretty awesome, right? Just leave a comment below before Sunday March 18th 2012 11:59pm EST. Open to everyone, everywhere. Good Luck to you all and a big thank you to Samantha for the giveaway!