27 Apr 2014

An interview with the fabulous Samantha March

I'm so excited to have Samantha March with me today. I first 'met' Samantha via Chick Lit Plus where she blogs about all things chick lit as well as organises tours for other authors. I was delighted to discover she was an author too and so asked if she'd like to be interviewed. I'm so pleased she said yes. Come on... come and meet her...

Do dreams ever inspire your writing? What did you last dream about?
Dreams can inspire writing. Sometimes I dream about something totally off the wall, and I can work with parts of that dream and wiggle it into my plots. I like to think dreams are just another way that we can be creative. I dream constantly (or remember them, I guess I should say) and the last dream I had was that my husband and bought another dog (we have one) but it actually looked like a horse and it would eat a pile of my clothes at one time. Bizarre!

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
The first story I remember really putting a lot of effort in to and turning it into a teacher was when I was nine. It was a full-length novel (for a nine year old) about a group of friends who ride a boat and get shipwrecked and have to survive on an island with their baby-sitters. Yes, I totally stole from the book Island Adventures from the Baby-Sitters Club. I didn’t claim to be original back then. My first novel (that I didn’t rip off anyone from) was published in 2011.

What is it about 'chick lit' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I like reading happy stories, and I like reading books that I can relate to. Chick lit does both of those for me. There is typically a happy ending (it just takes a while to get there) and the characters are usually close in age to me, and struggling with things that I have or still do relate with – relationships, friendships, jobs, family, etc.
I do also like to read mysteries and I love a little paranormal here and there.

Can you tell us a little about your three books - A Questionable Friendship, Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket?

Destined to Fail was my first novel, and is about a college freshman struggling to get through her first year. Facing relationship troubles and losing a prominent friendship, she finds herself in a tough situation with no one to turn to when she needs it most. The Green Ticket is loosely based on my experience working in a massage clinic, and features a twenty-year old who gets her dream job as a manager at a salon. It doesn’t go smoothly when she constantly has to play cover-up for her bosses scandals, and she struggles working more than full-time while being in college as well. A Questionable Friendship is told in dual narrative from two friends who look like they are the best of friends from the outside, but a lot is happening at a deeper level, and their friendship isn’t quite what it seems.

What inspired you to write each one?
The first one was a little about my life. A few of the supporting characters goes through situations that I have dealt with in my life, and instead of piling that on one character, I created a cast of them to tell a story. The Green Ticket is a little about my time working in a professional setting with an unprofessional boss, and the third book stemmed from a small fight I had with a friend, and my writer mind went into overdrive thinking about friendships and how they end.

Why do you write Chick Lit / New Adult?
It’s what I know. It’s situations I have been through, or seen friends go through, and it makes me happy. But more importantly, it comes naturally to me. I’ve never felt forced to write any of my books.

Who designs your covers (they're so pretty!)?
Thank you! Scarlett Rugers designed my last two covers.

If A Questionable Friendship was made into a film, who would you cast?
I’m a sucker for both Fanning sisters, or actresses such as Emma Roberts or Ashley Tisdale.

What's your all time favourite book that made it to the big screen?
I was pretty excited to see Something Borrowed be made into a film, even though I like the book much better. I’ll be curious to see how Something Blue comes out!

What were the last two books you read? And would you recommend them?
The last two I read are We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn and Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. Keep Quiet is a thrilling page turner and hard to put down; We’ll Always Have Paris was a slow read for me, but still interesting. I would recommend both!

Name one female author who you think deserves to be better known.
One?! Denise Grover Swank rocks in my book. I knew her back when she first started out, and I think she is slowly gaining more recognition, but her books are so beyond fabulous.

Where do you write?
I have a home office, and I write best being able to act like it’s my job. No distractions, no TV, just me and my laptop.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? And did you follow the dream?

I have the book that my mom started for me in kindergarten, where you write down my classmates names, and my favorite school subject, and what I want to be when I grow up each year. 4 out of the 6 years, my responses was author. So...yes :)

In the movie of your life, who would play you?
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Oh dear! I would love Alexis Bledel. She rocks.

When and why did you start blogging?

I started in 2009, and I started for two main reasons. One, to connect with people who loved books as much as I did, and so that I had an outlet for my passion. Two, because I wanted to publish a novel, and thought gaining connections in the industry would be wise. I always say starting CLP was one of my best ideas, and I’ll never regret it.

What, in particular, do you love about your blog, Chick Lit Plus?
I love that it’s multi-dimensional. You can hop on to read book reviews and discover new authors, yes, but you can also find fitness tips and beauty reviews and much more.

Speed Round...
Top drink to make you tipsy?
Shopaholic or shopadon't? Online shopaholic!
Sky high heels or closer to the ground? Closer to the ground!
E.L. James or Jilly Cooper? Jilly Cooper
Cry baby or tough cookie? Cry baby for sure!
Exotic beach or enchanted forest?  Bring on the beach!

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
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