Thursday, June 28, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Samantha Young


Samantha Young is a very successful Indie author, and has five ongoing series! While I’ve read two now, and have the first installment of the other three, we’re going to focus on her Fire Spirits series, as she’s recently released book 3! She answered a few questions for me, because I’m nosy and like to get a peek at how authors think, and has also generously offered up a signed paperback copy of Smokeless Fire (book 1)! Enjoy :-)


Have you always wanted to be an author?
Yeah, as far back as I can remember I’ve always kept journals filled with my stories, poems and anecdotes. Being an author was ‘the dream’ and I didn’t think it was practical enough to really focus on, so I concentrated on getting into university. But as soon as I got there, all I wanted to do was write. I started writing the first book in The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy in my first year at uni. And when I graduated, I just decided there was nothing left to lose and that I needed to take the risk with my writing. It was a risk worth taking.

What inspired the Fire Spirits series?
Really Fire Spirits began with a tiny spark of an idea. I knew I wanted to write about Jinn because it was such an underused mythology and so colorful, I just didn’t know enough on the subject to build a concept around it. So I bought research books and poured over the internet, and through the research the idea for the story began to build and evolve.

Do you have plans on how many books there will be?
The Fire Spirits series has been planned out from the beginning. Too many mysteries and secrets have to be hinted at in the early books, until they unfold in the sequels, that I had to have all my ideas and subplots written down before I even started. However, outlines sometimes become bigger than you expect when you actually start writing, so for the Fire Spirits series there will definitely be five books in the series, with the possibility of a sixth.

Your history studies in college must be a great help in your writing. Did it play a part in this series by aiding in research or anything?
My degree definitely helped when it came to writing this series. I’m used to pouring through mounds of research and being able to pull out the smallest detail that can be truly important to your concept (paper) so it helped a lot when it came to researching the mythology and developing the plot.

You've written much more than just this series. Do you have a favorite, or one you're most proud of?
I will always be nostalgic about The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy because it was my first series, but I believe all writers become better at their craft the more they write and I definitely feel that way about my own novels. The series I’m most proud of is Fire Spirits. It has the most complex plot with intertwining subplots and it’s been tricky weaving these together in a way that makes sense without detracting from the entertainment factor. I always feel like I’ve really accomplished something when it’s been particularly challenging. And Fire Spirits is definitely challenging :-)

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a plotter. I wish I could just sit down at my laptop and start writing, but I need pretty comprehensive outlines before I feel comfortable beginning a novel.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write, write and write some more. Sounds cliché, but it’s so true. The more you write, the better your editorial eye becomes and the smoother your prose grows.

When you're not writing, what do you like to read? Who's your favorite author?
I have many favorite authors, so this is a difficult question lol. My most recent favorite is Laini Taylor. I fell absolutely head over heels in love with Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I think Ms. Taylor is amazing! Overall, though, I love to read UF, Sci-Fi, PNR, dystopian and every now and then a really good contemporary novel.

Completely unrelated to reading or writing, what’s your favorite activity or way to relax?
Just chillin’ out listening to music, swimming, or hanging out with my friends and family. I’m a pretty low-key person :-)

Name 5 of what you consider your wackiest traits or facts about yourself that we may not already know.
Uh… I can name three off the top of my head…
My sense of humor.
My laugh. It’s out of control.



Samantha's a 26 year old Scottish book addict and she graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She studied ancient and medieval history at uni, and it was in her first year there, in the middle of a classical literature lecture, that she first came up with the idea for The Tale of Lunarmorte. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, and has a particular interest in the paranormal, fantasy and dystopian genres.

She loves pulling pieces of historical fact (or mythology) and twisting it to fit her stories, and is more than thankful her degree is being put to good use in her writing.

Sam began self-publishing in 2011 and now writes full time. When she's not writing, she's usually thinking about writing or thinking about thinking about writing. When she's pried from writing you can usually find her either curled up with a good book or her kindle, taking long walks, swimming, watching a good drama/film or chilling with friends and family.

Currently, she's living in her home county of Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Find her here.


Smokeless Fire Available Now!

When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust.

When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.


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34 comments:

  1. i love son of satan, vampire and fey :)

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    1. I think the only Son of Satan book I've read is First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, and it wasn't my favorite, but I certainly loved Reyes from the story, so I can see the draw!

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    2. ouch.. first grave is my fave :)

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  2. Thats a tough one....Vampire, shapeshifter, and Fey are probably my top favorite.

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    1. I'm still beginning to read books about the Fey, but so far I've enjoyed what I've read.

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  3. Shapeshifters (especially werewolves) ^_^

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    1. Hehe, I love werewolves too, but I think I like the cat shifters more, but that might just be because I'm a cat person!

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    1. I do too, but I need to read more angel books!

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  5. why choose one when you can have Angels & Demons.
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    1. haha, you must be following the Angels vs Demons blog hop :P

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  6. my favorite paranormal type : shapeshifters, Vampire, Angel

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    1. Good choice, those are all certainly among my faves as well!

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  7. Demons! FireFlyPixie24(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. My favorite paranormal typ - shapeshifters.

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    1. I like shifters too, especially because they're usually warm...they make for nice personal space heaters :P

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  9. My favorite used to be vampires, but I think shifters have overtaken them.

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    1. I'm right there with you. I was always a vampire person, but as I've read more, I'm definitely a big fan of shifters, maybe even more so than vampires now.

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  10. I have a thing for shapeshifters and mates...I just like the idea of one person out there just for me. :)

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    1. I totally agree, I love the imprinting and soul mates concepts!

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  11. My favorite paranormal type are definitely the shapeshifters and more specifically the big cat kind:)

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  12. Big cat shapeshifters are my favorites. I have always loved tigers. I also love the dragon shifters...

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    1. I'm right there with you. I haven't yet read any dragon shifters stories, but I have 3 just waiting for me to find the time and I'm really looking forward to them!

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  13. Do Angels count? They count to my way of thinking.

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    1. If you feel for angels, then hells yeah they count :-)

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  14. Currently, my favorites are BEAR shifters and demons :) But I am willing to switch that up if a werewolf, vampire, warlock, or even a gargoyle happen to show up at my doorstep! :)

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    1. Hehe, I've only read one little short story about gargoyles, but loved it, and I haven't read any bear shifters really, but I bet they're awesome...they'd be huge and cuddly...in theory :P

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  15. I love them all but especially Demons and Vamps :)

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  16. Werewolves are my absolute favorite but I love all shifters,demons,fairies,djinn,vampires,phantoms.Paranormal is my addiction

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  17. I love shapeshifter mainly werewolves.

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