It's my last post for the CLP Blog Tour for The Green Ticket by the lovely Samantha March. I reviewed the novel the other day (I loved it and you can read the review here) and Samantha wrote a great post about meeting her characters for Books Etc. as well. Today I have an interview with Samantha for your reading pleasure! I hope you all enjoy it :)
It’s a toss-up between anything with Reese Witherspoon or Will Ferrell ;)
Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin
Favourite (or dream) travel destination?
Favourite indulgence (food to eat, store to shop in, etc.)?
I love Coldstone ice cream – cake batter with Oreo’s to be exact!
The Green Ticket is your second novel. How was the writing/editing/publishing/promoting process this time around compared to with your first novel, Destined to Fail?
I felt like it was better all around. I felt more confident in my writing and also more pressured to get another book out there! I also felt like I had a much better marketing plan in place the second time around – though I basically had none with DESTINED TO FAIL and really learned that lesson!
What is your writing routine like?
When I am in writing mode, that is really all I focus on. I give myself goals each day – write 1,000 words or 5,000 words of finish a scene. I enjoy writing in the mornings since my nights can get a bit hectic, and my goals really help me stay on track!
What kinds of things do you like to do when you're not writing?
Reading! I run ChickLitPlus.com and have a lot of book reviews due day to day! But I also enjoy dancing and working out – particularly yoga and kickboxing!
What is your favourite thing about writing and being an author?
That it was a dream I had when I was nine years old and after a lot of mis-steps and hesitance, I’m doing what I love.
How did you come up with the idea for The Green Ticket?
I actually became fascinated a few years back with the money versus morals topic when I watched a young girl marry an older man (we are talking a 50 year age difference) and be fine that people knew she married him for money. Well, fascinated and quite disturbed I should say! That gave me the spark to write THE GREEN TICKET and even though the plot is entirely different, the concept is still there.
Do you find yourself giving your characters qualities that you or people who are close to you have?
I do. I think a lot of authors find inspiration from those around them, even if it’s something very miniscule. For example, in THE GREEN TICKET Henry mentions that he doesn’t like eating chocolate cereal that turns his milk into chocolate milk – which is a trait my fiancé has as well :)
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 her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
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