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Author spotlight: Samantha Marshall

14 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Samantha Marshall. She will be attending ARR2020 in Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I’ve written all my life in one form or another, but it wasn’t until my very late teens that I began to add romantic elements to my books. Back then I was more focused on chemistry and emotional connection as opposed to the physical aspects of romance, as I’d become frustrated with a lack of that emotive link in books I’d been reading. I hadn’t really read any ‘proper’ romance novels at that stage, so I was feeling my way through what I felt the story needed, and enjoying that fluttery butterfly feeling that happens when two people begin to deepen their affection for each other.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Nalini Singh, hands down. Mum put Slave to Sensation in my hands, told me to read it, and so it began!

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I started out writing standard fantasy, which is where I did most of my reading growing up. I always felt there was something missing though, and once I began reading romance I knew that was the extra element I wanted to inject into my own books. I now write in a variety of speculative fiction sub-genres but they always have a romantic element to them and will continue to do so!

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Oh wow, okay. Sorcery and Stardust. For Arcana I would cast Emilia Clarke, for Fenris, Tom Hiddleston, for Caelum, Chris Pratt and for Flare, David Tennant.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Breathing enough life into the characters that they seem real, with proper edges and flaws and hopes and dreams. I want them to leap off the page and into people’s hearts, and it takes a special sort magic to create that sense of reality as opposed to simply words on a page. That said, as much as it’s the hardest part, it’s also my favourite!

What is your favourite place to write?

At home, at my desk, with a cup of chai tea and a snuggly blanket.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Oh yes, many. I take situations, personality traits, real-life experiences, then mould them together into something entirely different. From that odd inspirational soup, new people are born, and they become my characters!

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

I’ve just finished reading Entropy, book #4 in the Atrophy series, by Jess Anastasi. The whole series has been great so far, but Entropy is definitely my current favourite! I’ve become emotionally invested in her characters and their journey and I know this series is one I’ll return to time and again.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

Aislinn’s Shadow is a paranormal shifter romance set in Australia and deals with broken trust, recovering from emotional trauma, discovering your innermost self and reconnecting with lost loved ones. It contains a bunch of wild, rowdy pack boys, most notable of which is the hero, Tobias. He and Aislinn were childhood friends who’ve spent twelve years apart and now, as adults, are thrust back together in a tense situation. The entire book is a roller coaster of laughs, action and deep emotion, with a bunch of shape shifting thrown in for good measure!

What else will you be working on in 2020?

February 2020 will see the release of Tobias’s Spark, book two in the Kin Chronicles. Later in the year, I’ll be releasing the second book in The Weaver’s War series, Sorcery and Sandstorms. I’m also working on the first book in a new paranormal series, which is still in the very early stages, as well as plotting out book three of the Kin Chronicles. It’s set to be a busy year, but I’m excited for all it contains! Hopefully the readers enjoy everything as much as I enjoy writing it all.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.


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