Author Spotlight


Dare to win with ...

Samantha Gail


Would you call yourself a "pantser" or a "plotter"?

Definitely a plotter, although I'm open to any freak burst of insight that might add spice, or a unique twist, to the story.  I plan and research extensively.  Strangely enough, I actually enjoy that process.

 What is your perfect writing atmosphere?

 Complete solitude.  I'm the most creative in the quiet of morning with a strong pot of coffee to get the juices flowing.

 What leads you to the characters you write about?

 Occasionally I will meet, or hear about, someone I find fascinating enough to generate an entire book around.  Mostly, it's the needs of the story itself that dictate the type of character I create.

 Where were you when you got your first contract?  Who did you tell first?

 At home in Corvallis, Oregon.  I called my dad first.  He's one of my biggest fans.

 Romance leads people to expect a happily ever after.  Have you ever had to fight a character to achieve his/hers?

 Oh yeah.  One in particular comes to mind.  He was such "damaged goods" that I really had to work on making his journey to lasting love/trust believable.

 Have you found yours or are you still looking for it?

 Thankfully, I have and he is such a joy to be with!  I guess I finally kissed enough toads that I found my prince. 

 If I followed you for a day, what would I see or experience?

 Depends on the day.  If I'm not at work, you'll watch a few hours of writing and internet browsing, followed by a brief burst of housework, punctuated by a long hike with the dog before settling down to read, play on the internet again and watch movies.

 What would be your perfect "me" day?

 Writing…a two hour facial that leaves me like jello…reading a good book while lounging on the deck (overlooking the ocean, of course…taking a dip in the hot tub…eating pizza in front of the fireplace while snuggling on the couch with my husband.  Ahhhh...sheer bliss!

 What are some of your favorite things in life?

 Besides travel and writing?  I love to geocache.  I also adore good sci-fi movies, chocolate-covered strawberries and a great Cabernet.

 What character or couple would you love to bring to life, if you could and why?

 Beravael and Remala from Savior in Time. so I could watch them fight!

 What do you currently have in the wings and what is just around the corner?

 She Who Dares, Wins is a contemporary romantic suspense story that is currently in the hands of my editor.  It's the prequel to Guarding the Coast. 

 I'm also working on the third book in my FORESTAL sci-fi romance series.  Amanda's Glory should be out in late summer. 

 Some authors say they are open to bribes to drop hints?  If you would be, what type of bribe would it be?  (Not that I'm suggesting anything)

 One hour alone with Gerard Butler.  My husband has already told me that he would understand

 Anything else you would like to tell the readers?

 I'll be at the RT Convention this April.  If you see me there, please stop and say "hello".

 How can a reader contact you and/or find out what you are doing?

 My website is - www.samanthagail.com

My email address is samanthagail@mac.com and you can also befriend me on Facebook.

 I have website contests every month, as well as participate in multi-author contests coordinated by my editor.  It's really worthwhile to take a few minutes to check them all out. 



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