Jen: Today we’re excited to welcome Samantha Darling to Romancing the Book as her blog tour makes a stop with us. Samantha, will you please tell us a little about yourself?
Samantha: I live in Essex, not too far from London, with my very understanding husband, our identical twin boys, and two Bedlington Terriers. We’re crammed into our rather cozy two-up two-down terrace and we can barely swing a cat, but hey, we love it. I work part-time as a nurse, but when I’m off duty, you will find me either chasing the toddlers around like a headless chicken, head buried in a book, or tapping away at my stories.
I have always loved to read and romance is by far my favorite genre! You can easily escape into such promising worlds, where sexy Alpha males lead the way and strong heroines often can’t help but fall head over heels in love. I adore a Happy Ever After, as I’m sure we all do if we’re honest, right?
Reading and writing go hand in hand, and from the day I could read, I enjoyed writing. To put pen to paper and conjure up weird and wonderful little stories was what I thrived on! English was my favorite class at school right throughout to secondary, and I will always be thankful for the teachers who gave me the opportunities to develop and be creative! If I remember rightly, one of my first stories was called The Turkey Who Could Talk…but I’ll tell you more about that some other day.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Samantha: Revenge in Rio is my debut book and it’s published by the wonderful Beachwalk Press. If I’m honest, I’m not really too sure where the idea for RIR came from – I was most likely daydreaming (when I should have been working) and then pop! There was the start of the story in my head. Though I do remember watching Fast and Furious Five and seeing a favela, which gave me some food for thought too!
Calculated revenge, unexpected passion…
Business magnate Luca Venancio is returning to Rio to pay his respects to his late brother, and to seduce his once fiancée, Daniella, back into his bed. Five years ago she left him without so much as a word, shunning him and the rich life he could offer in exchange for his younger, reckless brother. Now Luca wants revenge—seduce her and dump her, that’s all he intends to do.
Blackmailed into a violent farce of a marriage, Daniella had no choice but to comply to protect Luca’s life, even though it meant never being able to see him again. Years later, a twist of fate reunites them, throwing her plans of fleeing Rio out of the window and the love of her life straight back in.
Luca’s flawless plan soon becomes complicated when he discovers Daniella is expecting his brother’s child. It becomes even more complicated when old passions return. Can he actually go through with seducing her, bedding her, and then discarding her?
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Samantha: I’m most definitely a pantser! Can be very frustrating at times, I’d love to be a planner but it just doesn’t work for me.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Samantha: I’d love to have a well structured routine, but sadly no. No routine. With a day job as a nurse and two toddlers to contend with, I squeeze my writing in wherever possible – usually the end of the day when the house is still and quiet!
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Samantha: I’ve found that I will often have a great idea as I’m going to bed or in the middle of the night, so I have a pen and notepad nearby I use the notepad app on my Iphone to jot it down and then I’ll decipher it the following morning.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Samantha: I envisage Daniella looking like/played by Natalie Portman and Luca looking like/played by model Eduardo Verastegui. You can check out more of my ideas on my Pinterest board for Revenge in Rio…. http://pinterest.com/
Jen: What’s next for you?
Samantha: I’m currently working on a couple of stories but I am pretty slow. Every day stuff tends to get in the way, as well as the day job! Plus, I love spending as much time with my handsome twin boys as possible. But I do try and squeeze in a tiny bit of writing each evening.