Interview With Samantha Chase ~ Book Tour: Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Series Info: Contemporary Romance

Titles: 
Wait for Me (#1)
Trust in Me (#2)
Stay with Me (#3)
More of Me (Bonus Novella)




I'm so excited to be hosting a stop on the Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set tour today with an interview from New York Times Best-selling author Samantha Chase. I hope you enjoy reading her answers, I did!


MH: Hi Samantha, thanks for stopping by today. Why don't you tell my readers a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?

SC: When I’m not writing? When is that? Let’s see, I’ve been married for 24 years, have two amazing sons (ages 21 and 13) and writing has been my passion my entire life. I just never thought that I could make a living at it! When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, scrapbooking, reading and I am addicted to Scrabble and computer Solitaire!

MH: I know what you mean, I can't imagine a day I wouldn't read or write! When and what made you decide to become an author?

SC:
Writing has been my passion for my entire life. I wrote my first short story in the third grade, read my first Harlequin book in the 7th grade and wrote my first romance (hand written!) in the 9th grade! I always wanted to write but didn’t think that I was talented enough to do it. It wasn’t until I was teaching creative writing to home schoolers that I realized that I had so many stories in me waiting to come out! I was encouraging my students to write, why wasn’t I?

MH: Wow, hand written! I did that once but will never again unless it's notes, all I can say is thank God for technology. Anyway, in the last week I’ve just been searching for the perfect names for my new characters. I always love seeing how other authors create names so how and what do you use to name yours?

SC:
Naming characters is always tough because I seem to be drawn to very similar names or I want to use them again in other books. Sometimes a name will just come to me as I am creating a character but primarily, and I know it sounds silly, I use the latest list of the top 100 baby names and go from there.

MH: I couldn't agree more, for some reason I'm drawn to Cs, Ks, and Ss - no idea why. Baby name sites are great too, I use them all the time :) While we're on the subject of characters, which was your favourite to create and why?

SC: 
In “Catering to the CEO”, the male lead, Adam Lawrence, was my favourite. He was just type of alpha male that was fun to write and had my emotions all over the place. One minute I was sighing and the next minute I wanted to strangle him! Readers seemed to love him, too!

MH: He sounds interesting, I might have to add it to my ever growing tbr pile. If you could cast any actress and actor for your leading characters who would they be?

SC: 
Ooo…I love this question and yet it stumps me every time because I don’t watch a lot of TV or go to the movies so I’m not up on who is big in Hollywood right now! For my book “Ever After”, I pictured Josh Duhamel and Blake Lively as Ava and Brian. In “A Touch of Heaven” I could imagine Jennifer Lawrence as Regan and Charlie Hunnam or Alex Pettyfer as Sawyer. And I don’t know who I would cast as Lacey in “The Christmas Cottage” but I would LOVE to see Henry Cavill as Ean!

MH: *Sigh* I would definitely go and see all of those with that cast - some of my secret - well not so secret - crushes there! Anyway moving on, do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do when it happens?

SC: 
Writer’s block is so frustrating because I can sit and agonize all day about a scene or a character or anything and then when I am mentally and physically exhausted and finally crawl into bed, THAT’S when I think the most creatively! I’ve tried just staying up later but it doesn’t work. My brain has to shut down quite a bit before I can actually allow myself to think clearly. Does that make sense?

MH: It makes perfect sense and I have exactly the same problem. I've never had writer's block once writing, it's always in the planning stages for me when I'm trying to figure things out. Speaking of new books, are you working on anything now? If so can you give us any details as to what it’s about, when we can expect it etc?

SC: 
Right now I am getting ready to release a box set of my Montgomery Brothers trilogy. It will be called “All of Me” and it will include a bonus novella that will be exclusive to the bundle. That is scheduled for release on 10/24 and then after that I have a Christmas novella entitled “The Snowflake Inn” with a tentative release date of 11/19. My goal for 2013 was a book a month and so far I’ve managed to do it so basically there is always something new coming out!

MH: Wow a book a month, that's impressive! What is your process for writing? Do you write notes or just let the words flow?

SC:
It’s different with every book. Some ideas come to me and I feel like I have to write that story immediately. I have a notebook with 25 different plot ideas and synopses! It’s crazy. And what’s crazier is that out of the 10 books I’ve released, only one of those came from the notebook! Most of the time the words just flow; every now and again and sit down and do some serious plotting but really, I tend to get an idea, loosely jot down the plot points and basic character descriptions and go from there.

MH: Notebooks are great, I'm always adding new ideas. I wish I could just let the words flow like you but I need a detailed plan to begin with...What’s one of the first things you remember writing?

SC: 
In the third grade I wrote a short story called “The Homework Machine”. I illustrated it and everything! I don’t remember if it was a class assignment or something that I did for fun but I always remember that story!

MH: I love looking over old work from when I was younger, it makes me smile at how much my interests have changed. Is there a secret to how you became a New York Times best-selling author? Can you reveal what you did?

SC:I was very blessed to work on a bundle with four other amazing indie authors. The “Loving the CEO” was such a surprise for me because I had never really paid too much attention to how such things worked. When I was approached to be a part of it, I thought “Sure, why not?” and I’m so glad I did! You have to have a good story to start with and we had a good trope that people wanted. We priced the set at .99 cents for a promotional period and really made sure that we advertised and promoted it. 

MH: You mentioned you worked with four other authors for 'Loving the CEO.' I've always wondered how more than one author work on the same book. Would you be able to explain how the process works?

"Loving the CEO" wasn't one book; it was a box set/bundle of five books. Each of the books were written by a different author and previously released; we just put them together because they had a common theme. That process wasn't easy because not only were we looking for authors with books with our common theme of CEO's as the main character, but we needed them to all be written in a similar style - contemporary romance vs. erotica. It wasn't a quick process at all but I think that we ended up with a great group of authors and the fans seemed to enjoy it too!

MH: Wow, that sounds like it would have been hard. What is the best piece of advice you received from someone?

SC: 
To stay true to what I write. Contemporary romances really seemed to take a back seat to the erotica flooding the market after the success of the Fifty Shades series and while that’s fine for some people, I enjoy reading and writing contemporary romances. I may not be writing in the top genre but it’s what I enjoy writing. I may never get the commercial success that other authors do but I was true to myself.

MH: I love that you stay true to what you enjoy and don't fit in with the latest trends. I prefer contemporary romances too over all the erotica being released. What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

SC: 
Don’t wait for “the perfect time”. There is no real perfect time. I was unemployed for two years and didn’t write a thing. THAT would have been the perfect time to do it. It wasn’t until I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote “The Christmas Cottage” and decided to just put it out there that I realized that there was an audience for my work. Sit down and write! Don’t wait. You’ll most likely never have the perfect writing environment or the top of the line computer or even the time but don’t let that stop you. Write, write, write!

MH: I couldn't agree more! What was one mistake you learned from when you first started out?

SC: 
Never underestimate the power of good editing. I skimped on editing because I thought I could do it myself and didn’t have the budget to pay someone and let me tell you, fans were NASTY. I got a lot of negative, personal attacks in my reviews and now, I pay someone to edit for me.

MH: Oh my, I've done exactly the same thing and know plenty of others too. It was definitely learning the hard way. Who are your favourite authors?
SC: Bella Andre, Kate Perry, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins to name a few.

MH: What genre do you like to read and do the books you read influence your writing decisions in anyway, for example genre?

SC: 
I have always been and will always be a contemporary romance girl. I have been reading that genre since I was 13 and it just is something that I thoroughly enjoy. I read a LOT (my Kindle has like 300 books on it!) and sometimes I’ll read something and think that it’s a good idea but that I can make it better. And I don’t mean that in a mean or conceited way; just that I’ll have ideas on how to use a general premise and create something different from it.

MH: I know what you mean, I do it mostly with endings that I hate and re-write them in my head. To finish off, what is one interesting thing people would be surprised to know about you?

SC:
Hmmm…I don’t know if it’s interesting but it’s funny. I am terrified of the cartoon “Underdog”. I can’t watch it, can’t see pictures from it…I’m almost 45 years old and I still can’t do it! My older son thinks that it’s hysterical!

MH: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Samantha, it's been a pleasure hosting you on my blog and good luck with the release of the Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set!

About the Books
Blurbs:
Wait for Me, Montgomery Brothers Series #1
There’s no time like the present…
Executive assistant Emma Taylor is desperate for a little time away; away from her job, her life and from thoughts of her boss’s son who doesn’t seem to know she even exists. Tired of waiting for the time to be right, she takes advantage of her boss’s generous offer for a little weekend getaway to thank her for helping out with a difficult business deal.
Unless you’re still running from your past…
Former NFL superstar Lucas Montgomery is still suffering from a career-ending injury. His self-imposed exile from life is exactly what he wants; a sanctuary where there’s no chance for disappointment or distractions and that’s exactly the way he likes it. While his family has been patiently waiting for Lucas to come around and embrace life once again, they don’t realize that it wasn’t just his career that was lost, but his sense of identity.
…And afraid to hope for the future
Lucas thought everything was fine until sweet, sexy and completely off-limits Emma Taylor comes crashing into his carefully constructed world one snowy weekend and turns his entire life upside down.
Was Mother Nature really to blame or did someone else lend a hand?


Trust in Me, Montgomery Brothers Series #2
All work and no play…
…would make Jason Montgomery a very happy man. Ever since his brother had married a woman who worked for their company, Jason has been walking around fending off the unwanted advances of all of the single women in his employ. Now, with a make or break business expansion in the works, the last thing he needs is a hands-on assistant who wants to get her hands on him!
For three years Maggie Barrett has happily hid in the shadows of Montgomery’s. After dealing with her own unwanted advances from her previous employer, staying under the radar was working just fine for her. But now she’s thrown into the spotlight as Jason’s assistant because he believes her to be a safe choice because she’s married.
The only problem?
She’s not.
Working in close proximity wasn’t supposed to be an issue. The lines of their relationship were clearly defined. But when a mutual respect turns into a mutual attraction how will Maggie explain that the only thing holding Jason back was just a little white lie?
Book two in The Montgomery Brothers Trilogy, “Trust in Me” is a 45,000 word contemporary romance novella. See where it all began with Lucas and Emma’s story in book one, “Wait for Me”.


Stay With Me, Montgomery Brothers Series #3
Was a little peace and quiet too much to hope for?
Mac Montgomery spent two years watching his father play matchmaker for his brothers and their wives and as the last Montgomery standing, he knew it wouldn't be long until all eyes would be on him. While he couldn't deny that things had worked out well for his siblings, the last thing that Mac wanted was to get married and settle down.
He hadn't counted on his father not wanting to set him up with anyone.
And he hadn't counted on Gina Micelli.
After more than a dozen years away from her beloved family friends, Gina Micelli comes home to take care of her ailing father. Some of her most cherished memories are of the times she spent with the Montgomerys - and her crush on Mac. She was a child when she moved away, but now as a grown woman, the thought of seeing Mac again actually has her wondering at the possibilities.
Ever the responsible one, Mac makes sure that Gina is taken care of during such an emotional time. He wants to see her as a friend, as the girl that he remembers from his youth. Unfortunately, the beautiful woman she has grown into has all thoughts of a platonic relationship flying out the window. Torn between honor and passion and peace or chaos, all Mac knows is that his life is never going to be the same.
The timing is all wrong but for two people fighting for control over their own lives, their response to one another is anything but.

Plus readers will get bonus novella, More of Me
  
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
Her second book, a holiday novella titled "The Christmas Cottage" hit #10 on Amazon's Overall Best Seller List on Christmas Eve. It was a great Christmas gift! Watching the numbers rise and fall is a daily roller coaster ride but definitely an exciting one! And on February 25th, she released the follow up novella - "Ever After".
In March 2013, "The Christmas Cottage" was nominated for two Indie Romance Convention Award - Best Indie Romance Novella and Best Indie Contemporary Romance while Samantha was nominated for Indie Author of the Year! In August 2013, the video trailer for "Wait for Me" won an Oscar for Indie Author Book Trailer!
More titles quickly followed: "Catering to the CEO", "Wait for Me" (Montgomery Brothers book 1), "Trust in Me" (Montgomery Brothers book 2), "In the Eye of the Storm", and "Stay With Me" (Montgomery Brothers book 3) and she shows no signs of slowing down. "Catering to the CEO" was included in the romance bundle "Loving the CEO" - a five-book package - that made the New York Times and the USA Today Bestseller list. The second half of 2013 has Samantha planning another five releases.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 24 years and their two sons in North Carolina. 

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me here today!!

  1. No problem! I enjoyed interviewing you :)

  1. Jenel said...:

    Fun interview! I adore the Samantha Chase covers. And I'm with you on loving contemporary romance! Glad you stuck with what you love.

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