With the publishing of Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) just around the corner on 9th May, I had the lovely privilege of interviewing the ever so lovely Samantha Young on my blog today to tell us all a little bit about her new book Down London Road but also what inspired her to follow her dream of being an author.. Read on to see what Samantha told me.
1) Could you tell us a little bit about it?
Down London Road is the second book from the world of On Dublin Street and it follows the story of Johanna Walker, a young twenty-something whose loyalty to her little brother is absolute. She makes decisions based on what is best for him, including dating men who can provide financial security. However, her whole outlook on life and on herself changes when Cameron MacCabe comes into her life and shows her that she just has to believe in herself like he does…
2) What inspired you to follow your dream and become an author?
Honestly, I was at my lowest point career-wise when I decided to put my all into becoming an author. I’d always been a good student so to come out of university with no job prospects except for the part time job I’d had as a student was demoralizing. I ended up returning to the work I’d done before I’d gone to university - admin work - and then I was let go due to budget cuts. Jobless but with three written manuscripts around me I decided to self-publish and put all my time and energy into making a career out of a passion.
3) Which book have you enjoyed writing the most?
Down London Road. There were many good things going on my career as I wrote Down London Road so that definitely helped, but I absolutely loved writing Jo’s story. She’s one of my favourite characters and my first Scottish heroine. I’m proud of her and how she develops as a person over the course of the story.
4) What will you have planned to Celebrate the publication of Down London Road ?
I wish I had something planned but unfortunately I’m in the middle of a never ending house move so I don’t think the celebrating will commence until a few weeks after the release. I think we’ll have a wee party to celebrate the release and also the move finally being over!
5) I adored On Dublin Street, will we see more of Braden & Jocelyn in the future?
6) If you could describe Down London Road in 10 words...
Emotional, hot, real, sexy, authentic, earthy, funny, passionate, relatable, moving.
7) What book are you currently reading and is it worth recommending?
I’m currently re-reading the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. It’s one of my absolute favourite series. It’s a uniquely different world Stacia Kane has created but also probably the best chemistry between two main characters ever!
8) Do you have any more ideas for future On Dublin Street series books?
I’ve just signed a deal with Penguin for a third book in the On Dublin Street series. More info on that will be revealed soon…
9) If you could choose any country or place to live, where would it be?
I think I’d like to live in Boston or Seattle temporarily but I’ll always come back to Scotland.
10) Not that I don't enjoy your books , but do you think you will ever write any stories without sex?
I think all my books will have a hint of romance but I think there are some books that I have in mind for the future that aren’t so romance-based and thus sex won’t play as important a role.
11) How do you get these hunky handsome men in your books so hooked for us readers?
Lol, I just write men that are perfect for my heroines. They have a touch of the alpha male which is hot, because a confident man is always hot, but they also understand my heroines are independent and can compromise with that. I think that makes them more likeable to readers.
12) If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 items would you take?
If the desert island had electricity I’d taken my kindle, its charger and a lifetime supply of crisps. If the desert island didn’t have electricity, which is more than likely, I’d take my paperback of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and a lifetime supply of crisps.
13) Have you started planning your next book, if so could you give us a little hint?
I’m working on the third book in the On Dublin Street series, but I also have a secret project I’ve been working on too…
14) Did you have to do any research for any of your books?
I had to do research on Virginia for On Dublin Street and research on some Americanisms, but because the books are set so close to home, I didn’t have to do nearly as much research on this series as I’ve had to do for my young adult urban fantasy books.
15) Are you a Kindle convert or do you. still enjoy a good paperback?
I adore my kindle but I still love my paperbacks. I just love books.
Thank You Samantha for stopping by, I adored On Dublin Street and I loved Down London Road and I am sure a lot of people are going to love as well. Definitely in the great pile with Sylvia day's and E L James fans.