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Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels and short stories is her passion.
Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women's magazines. Her work appears regularly in The People's Friend. Her debut romantic comedy novel, "Doubting Abbey" is out now, from CarinaUK,Harlequin. The standalone sequel, From Paris With Love, is out on 24th July 2014.
What were you like at school?
I was often in trouble for messing about at Junior school. I remember doing tie and dye one lesson and the teacher told us to be careful not to get the dye on our skin. So I sat with my finger in the dye bucket for as long as possible! At high school, however, I knuckled down to work. The deputy head even told my parents to take me out more!
Were you good at English?
Yes, I always enjoyed English – although one teacher told me I wrote like Enid Blyton. I don’t think she meant this as a compliment but I’m very flattered as I adored reading Enid Blyton’s escapist books as a child.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Of course, I have already cast the movies for my books, but at a more realistic level I would love to see my books in print and in shops. Having said that, I do like the flexibility and speed of being published in e-form.
Which writers inspire you?
Sophie Kinsella, because her writing is such fun. And I recently ADORED The Fault In Our Stars – the teenage voice John Green creates is so spot on.
What are you working on at the minute?
I am just finishing the revisions for my Christmas book! It involves a celebrity wannabe, a haunted mansion and, of course, cake!
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I’d need a quirky character for Gemma, and I think Imogen Poots who starred with Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment would be perfect!
When did you decide to become a writer
It sounds cheesy, but I always knew I would write. However, I didn’t get down to it seriously until my late thirties, when my youngest started school. Ever since then I’ve been obsessed with creating stories.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I am lucky enough to write full-time – I was a stay-at-home mum and now both my kids are at High School and this job fits in perfectly with their routine.
Finally is there anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thanks so much for buying my books and I hope you find From Paris with Love just as much fun as Doubting Abbey! Gemma is still a bit bonkers, and at times I feel that a bit of bonkers does the world a whole lot of good
Thank you so much for stopping by and answering my questions
Thanks so much for inviting me here, Tay!
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