Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I've recently started a new chapter in life. I think it's a chapter of discovery and acceptance. I've discovered I have really wonderful friends, and I'm accepting the end of my 18 year marriage. I'm a dreamy romantic. Waaaay too creative for anyone's good, lol, and have an unbelievable soft spot for a stray. I believe we all have a purpose in life and when we live by our hearts, we touch other people in ways we can't even imagine.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I think most of my heroines have a lot of me in them already. I think at the moment, I identify a lot with Hope from A Garden in the Moonlight and my heroine from my current work in progress, Ashley. They both find themselves in a position of starting a whole new life. They fight against the voices of their past and they get to test themselves to see what they are really made of. I think though, that Sarah from Torrid Hearts and Jayden from In the Still of the Night would be my picks. I admire their strength so much. They'd both been through hell and hadn't let it turn them hard and cold. They're beautiful, compassionate women, who have turned adversity in life into strength.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I mostly read historicals. I think in part because I love all the wicked things the characters get into that, solely because of the time period, are so risqu‚. Plus I love virgins. lol
Who or what influences you when you write?
Anytime I read a well-written book, it inspires me. Catherine Anderson's Blue Skies however was the book that convinced me I wanted to write romances. She made me feel so much reading that story. I fell in love with her hero and she made me cry. I knew that's exactly what I wanted to do.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I'm not sure I have a "typical" writing day. I usually write obsessively until I finish a book then give myself a few weeks off for normal life stuff. Luckily for me, my kids are old enough to fend for themselves if I'm in the writing cave all day.in fact, they quite enjoy it. Free for all on the video games!
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
I hate the term writer's block to be honest. I feel like I'm cursing myself when I use it. If I get stuck, it's usually because I'm stressing too much over life. So I need to relax and get in touch with my creative side. A day out, shopping, and lunch with friends all helps, but the thing that works without fail, is playing the Sims2. If you've never played it, it's like Barbies for adults. I create characters and back stories. It stirs me up and I usually end up with a few story ideas. If I'm simply stuck in a story, not sure what happens next, a long hot shower usually helps.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I have two books in the "coming soon" phase. The first, Anything For Sasha, is the sequel to Anything After Sunday? At Liquid Silver Books.
Sasha has lived a meager existence in a small town full of dark secrets. Her only reprieve and happiness was found in the arms of a stranger. A stranger whose face she can't forget and whose memory calls to her night after night. She forced herself to forget him, and everything they shared, until he showed up to find her and make her remember. She has no idea that Matthew will do anything for her, and he just might have to in order to win her heart and soul forever.
The other is The Seduction of Cassidy Flint from Siren Publishing
Temptation becomes seduction. Seduction becomes passion. A man afraid of love. A woman afraid of passion. Can they build a life that lasts forever?
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Currently I'm working on finishing the Body, Heart and Soul series. Originally I'd wanted to write the story of the entire Kiersen family, but not long after Body, Heart and Soul was contracted, I ended my marriage and life got complicated at that point.
Anyway, I'm back to writing now and I'm just finishing Darius' story this week. Next I'll write their mother's story, Alexa, the youngest sister and then finally Drake, the mysterious bad boy brother. I'm so excited and can't wait to get reader feedback once the entire series is out there.
I'm also working on my first sci-fi attempt and a wicked, purely fun, very sexy story about a woman and twin brothers. Good twin/bad twin of course.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
As I said, I'm starting a whole new chapter in life, so I've been thinking a lot about the future. In five years, both my boys will be adults, that alone will be radically different. I want to buy a home, plant a garden and I hope to be in a loving relationship with a wonderful man. I'd also love to do some traveling. I dream of taking garden tours of Italy and laying on tropical beaches. As far as my writing goes, I plan to keep doing what I'm doing for now. I really enjoy the freedom I have in e-publishing to create characters that are real and gritty and not always perfect.
I think in another year, I will probably try and stretch my wings into print. I've said from the second I first got published, that of all the tags they put on authors, I'd love to get "beloved author" as mine. I want to write stories that touch people's hearts and create characters that live on after the last page is read. I absolutely adore getting mail from readers wanting to know about sequels. It's such an honor.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
I love the tortured lost soul. I love to read and write stories about a man who's lost and in lots and lots of pain, simply because I love to show how love redeems them.
What do you do for inspiration?
I watch movies. Romantic, sappy movies. My current favorites are Just Like Heaven and Catch and Release.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I'm dying to give a try at sci-fi. I love that within that genre, you can explore any situation or social taboo by simply having an alien culture dealing with it.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
When my kids were younger I always wanted to write non-fiction for other stay at home moms.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I don't have a lot of patience for research, which is probably why I write mostly contemporary. However if I do need to research something, I mostly have done it on line
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I work really well under pressure. When I see an open call for something, I usually start working on the story a week or two before the deadline.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
It was my ex actually. About three years ago, I went through a series of miscarriages. I needed something else to focus on at the time and my ex encouraged me to write and pursue publishing. I'd written stories all my life, but it wasn't until I went through that experience that I found romances and I knew that was what I had to do.
What would you like to tell your readers?
I write love stories and while I adore the freedom the erotic romance genre allows me to do a love scene as hot and passionate and explicit as I want to, I don't necessarily want that to be the bulk of the story. I want to make my readers feel something other then a bit tingly between the thighs. Don't get me wrong cause I want that too, but I want to make you cry and laugh and fall in love and touch your heart. I want to move you and create characters that you'll remember long after the last page has been read. I appreciate so much all the kind emails I've received. It still awes me that something I created in my twisted little mind is out there and loved by other people.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Best advice ~ Pick your battles. I heard this before I had children from another parent who said that about her then thirteen year old son who had a ponytail. I really took that to heart with my kids and I think it made me a much better parent. Because I only put my foot down on a few select issues, my kids listen to me. They know it's important because I don't make a big deal out of just anything.
Worst advice ~ Stop dreaming about working at Disneyland. All my life that was all I wanted to do and as I lived several hours away from the Magic Kingdom, my family thought I was crazy and I was told to come down to earth more than once. The day I signed my hire papers was the happiest of my life to that date and all through my life I remember that feeling of achieving a dream that no one else believed in. It has helped me achieve many other dreams and I'm so glad I didn't listen.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Oh I just start writing. I found out early on, if I outlined, then I already new the ending before I began and I no longer had interest in writing the story. I like to discover things along the way and be surprised.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I wasn't able to find one before I got published; now I think it would be more of a hindrance to me then a help. I'm ridiculously sensitive, I let a couple of close friends who I trust and I know will be honest read through my finished projects before I send them, but that's it.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Body, Heart and Soul was my first contracted book, but New Year's Resolution, the story of a young woman who is determined to lose her virginity by new years was my first book to be available. It was released last December from The Wild Rose Press.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
The interact page on my website, www.samanthalucas.com, will give you links to my myspace page http://www.myspace.com/samanthalucasromances, bebo http://www.bebo.com/SamanthaLucasRomance, and newsletter, but I can also be found in the forums at Liquid Silver Books under authors and Cobblestone Press on Contemporary Way. Readers can also email me at Mail2Samantha@gmail.com How can readers find out more about you and your books?
My website has the most condensed information, but I love to hear from readers, so any questions are welcome through email.
Thank you for this opportunity!
Interviewed by Tammie King