Please help me welcome Samantha Grace to Royal Reviews!
Question 1- Tell us something about yourself, so that we can get to know you a bit better…
My husband and I have been married for sixteen years, and we met on our first jobs out of grad school. We have a 15-year-old son, a 10-year-old daughter, a neurotic Coon Hound mix rescue dog, and a calico cat we adopted from a farm. I’m originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, but we relocated to Wisconsin for my husband’s job. He was born in this state, so we have family here. It’s nice to have extended family close, and my in-laws are great. I work part-time as a hospice social worker and before that I worked in psychiatry.
Question 2- Your romance novel, Lady Vivian Defies a Duke, is out now—congrats! Could you tell us about it?
Thank you! It’s always a thrill to see my book out there. Here’s a little summary:
THE NAKED TRUTH
Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when no one is around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn’t she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady—demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother has promised the man. But until then, she’s going to enjoy her freedom…
A REVEALING DISCOVERY
Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance—or the bride who comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he’s just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane—or to the altar.
Question 3- While doing research for this book did you find anything odd or interesting that stuck with you?
I thought it was interesting that as far back as the 2nd Century AD there were theories that the Antarctic existed. I’m amazed by the human imagination and drive to discover new worlds, not to mention the courage it takes to set off for the unknown. When I’ve stood on beaches and looked out at the ocean, I’ve been humbled by its vastness and power. I can’t believe anyone was ever brave enough to sail across it, much less venture into the southern most point of the world in wooden ships.
Question 4- Do you have any certain things you do to get you into the mood for writing?
The routine of setting up to write gets me in the mood. I know it’s time to get down to business. I like to have my phone and ear buds so I can listen to Pandora radio (instrumental music only). I also set the timer on my phone and write in 20 minute increments then I get up and stretch. My hair has to be in a ponytail and I usually have a sweater close by just in case I get cold. I attach a keyboard to my laptop and have my laptop elevated. And I like to have a cup of hot tea to sip or a water bottle. Man! I feel high maintenance when I list everything I need to write.
Question 5- What can readers expect next?
I’m working on a new series called Rival Rogues, and I’m having a blast writing it. It’s about a friendly rivalry between two gentlemen who’ve been competing against each other since they were boys at boarding school. When their attentions turn toward courting the same young woman, their rivalry ceases to be a game, however. One gentleman will take desperate measures to win her heart, and the other will have to face the aftermath of losing the lady and learn the true meaning of love.
Question 6-What inspired you to become an author?
I’ve made up stories as long as I can remember. I didn’t always write them down, but I had an active imagination as a child. Sometimes I believe we are born to become certain things. I just didn’t embrace it until later in life. That’s okay, though. I think the timing was right for me, because I had time to figure out who I was and get some life experience. I took the plunge a few years ago after I asked myself what I’d most regret if I were at the end of my life, and my only regret would have been never writing a book.
As a thank you to Royal Reviews for hosting me today, I’d love to give away a copy of Lady Vivian Defies a Duke to one commenter. (US and Canada only.) What is one thing you really want to do in your lifetime, or have you already done everything on your list?
Author Bio: Samantha Grace is the author of several Regency romance novels. Lady Vivian Defies a Duke is the final installment of her Beau Monde Bachelor series. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. She writes what she enjoys reading: romantic comedies about family, friendship, and flawed characters who learn how to love deeply.
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