Next up on our Authors After Dark Featured Author tour, we have Samantha Kane! She is also a new-to-me author, and it’s been a real pleasure getting to know her. So without further ado, our interview:
What is the first book you remember reading and loving as a child?
A Bargain for Frances by Russel Hoban. I’ve never forgotten the tea set in that story. Now I collect teacups! I just made that connection.
What is your first memory of realizing you were passionate about writing?
I don’t really have a first memory. It was just a fact of who I am and always have been. I won a poetry contest in 3rd or 4th grade with a poem about a man who killed his wife. Jeez, and my folks didn’t put me in therapy. lol Now I write romance, and so the pendulum swings. I wrote for all my school newspapers, took creative writing courses starting in elementary school…and so it goes. I’ve always been passionate about writing.
When you need to find inspiration in music, what do you turn to?
Mostly country music, or romantic ballads. Music is a big part of my inspiration and creative process. Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me was the inspiration for Cherry Pie. Very’s song, when I was writing Prisoner of Love, was Jo Dee Messina’s Bring On the Rain. I have several books planned, not written, for a handful of other songs. With my current wip I’m sort of experimenting with classical music. I’m finding Handel and Beethoven, in particular, very evocative and perfect for this historical romance.
Do you have a guilty pleasure on TV, and if so, what is it?
I love Storage Wars. I don’t really watch t.v. I don’t have time. I have three kids–11, 8, and 5–and they own the t.v. in our house. And when they go to bed I’ve got work to do! But sometimes I’ll sit down with my husband and watch hockey or something. But I always try to watch Storage Wars, which is weird. I’m not a fan of reality t.v., but dang, I love that show. (Dave is my favorite. He’s such a ba****d.) I’ve got my husband and kids hooked on it now, too.
What is the first thing you plan on doing upon arriving to NOLA for AAD?
Exploring New Orleans! I’ve always wanted to go, but never been. We had a trip to NOLA planned once, but then Katrina arrived ahead of us. So this is a such a treat for me. I can’t wait! Mari Freeman, my bff, practically grew up there and her new series is based in New Orleans, so she’s going to be my personal tour guide, as well as leading a tour for convention goers. I’m such a tourist, I want to have coffee and beignet at Cafe du Monde first, I think. And I must go to Margaritaville. I’m a huge Jimmy Buffet fan, and always visit the local Margaritaville wherever I go. (Mari is going to roll her eyes at this)
What is up next for you book-wise in 2012?
I’ve just signed a contract for a brand new mainstream Regency historical series with Random House/Bantam Loveswept. The series is called The Saint’s Devils (unless Random House changes that) and is about a group of rakes who were friends in school. They’ve been nicknamed The Saint’s Devils because of their unofficial leader, Sir Hilary St. John. Sir Hilary is sort of a sexy Sherlock Holmes character. In each book he’s going to help one of his friends solve a mystery that involves their heroine. The first book, working title is The Devil’s Thief, is about devil Alasdair Sharp and Miss Julianna Hart, a thief with a heart of gold. The book is scheduled for a November release and will be in ebook.
Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband of fourteen years and three children, two boys and one girl. She spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full time writer and mom. Ms. Kane has a Master’s degree in American History.
Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe is from one of England’s most well-respected families and the daughter of an earl. She has lived an exemplary life—the perfect daughter, the perfect lady. Until one Christmas Eve, when she meets two men who unleash her secret desires. She can’t surrender her heart, only her body, and only for the next twelve days. After Twelfth Night, their affair must end and she will return to a life that is slowly suffocating her.Veterans Nick and Oliver have been constant companions since Waterloo. They share everything, including women and a bad reputation. When Lady Vanessa catches them in a compromising position, they are seduced by the longing in her eyes. Cool, distant, unattainable—the more she protests, the more they want her. Vanessa’s desires prompt the two men to finally give in to their feelings and become lovers. When desire becomes love, can they convince Vanessa to leave her privileged life behind and surrender to them forever?
GIVEAWAY! Samantha Kane is generously giving up a copy of Love’s Surrender, or a back list choice. To enter, simply leave a comment letting us know… when it comes to your hero pref, good boy or bad boy?