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Author Interview and Giveaway: Samantha Young

Samantha Young is the 25-year-old Scottish writer of the amazing Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy – Moon Spell, River Cast and Blood Solstice – and the upcoming novella Drip Drop Teardrop.

I was recently introduced to author when I received a copy of her book Moon Spell, Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte for review. I was so completely amazed by the author’s writing style and I immediately fell in love with her Tale of Lunarmorte series. There was definitely some gushing involved in my review.

I was so excited when she agreed to do an interview here on Fiktshun along with donating signed copies of her books for a giveaway. (Giveaway details and rules are below the interview.)

Now that I’m a seasoned pro (ha!), this being my second interview here on the blog, I’ve fine-tuned my questions just a bit. But if you’d like to know more about the author and her books I’ve provided a link to her blog at the end of this interview.

On your blog you mention that you came up with the idea for Lunarmorte in school, but was it the idea for a character or the story that inspired you to write the book?

At first it was the general concept of Greek gods as the origin behind supernatural beings that inspired me to write the book. Caia came to me pretty soon after that. I wanted a heroine who was vulnerable but strong, and who would develop into a force to be reckoned with over the course of the trilogy.

Lunarmorte was originally released as a standalone novel. What inspired you to revise it and turn it into a trilogy?

There was so much more to Caia’s story to be told, I knew I couldn’t cover the entire war over the first novel. Also there were some issues with the final product of Lunarmorte (editing-wise) so I thought revising it would make the trilogy more cohesive.

Of the three books in the trilogy, which was the easiest for you to write and why?

Of the three books, Blood Solstice was probably the easiest to write. Other than the history and mythology research (it took up a good amount of my time), I knew my characters so well by then that I didn’t have to stop and think about what their reaction to certain situations would be; I just knew.

Plus, there is a lot of action in the final novel and because that’s such a visual thing in my mind, I find it easy to translate onto paper.

Which one of your characters in the Lunarmorte books is your favorite and why? And how difficult did you find it to write for the characters you liked the least?

One of my favourite characters has to be Jaeden because she changes so much over the course of the series. So much happens to her and it affects her a lot; I really enjoyed writing a secondary heroine who doesn’t always make the ‘right’ choices.

As for writing characters I like the least… I actually love writing characters I wouldn’t like in real life. They say things that I wouldn’t dream of saying, and are snarky and rude. It’s really fun writing unlikeable characters.

Which characters do you find more exciting to write – the good guys and girls or the bad guys and girls?

Good guys or bad guys? To be honest I think both present their own challenges, and I couldn’t pick between them. What I do find exciting is when I put the good guy/girl and bad guy/girl in a situation together. I have a lot of fun making the caustic sparks fly between them.

You mention the movie Underworld and the show Alias in Moon Spell. Both have very strong lead female characters. Were they both inspirations for Caia?

I love putting little humorous pop-culture references into my books because I’m a bit of a pop-culture nut, and yeah I definitely think the strong lead female characters from my favourite shows and movies, like Underworld and Alias, influenced Caia’s development. YA is a great genre to introduce these young female heroines who know their own minds.

Which question are you most sick of answering in interviews?

I’m not sick of answering any questions… yet. Still enjoying promoting the books. I’ll get back to you in a few months :-p

What question have you never been asked but are dying to be asked in an interview?

Because Caia develops into somewhat of a warrior character over the course of the trilogy, I’ve been expecting the question ‘Who is your favourite heroine in fiction (literature and/or movie)?’ but I haven’t had that one yet. The answer is Katniss from The Hunger Games for literature and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) from the Alien movies : -)

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Thank you again so much for donating the entire collection of signed books and for answering all of my questions!

If you’d like to know more about Samantha Young and her books, check out the author’s blog, HERE.

And if you’d like to read my review of Moon Spell, the first book in the trilogy, click here.

Moon Spell, River Cast and Blood Solstice are currently available at Amazon U.S. in paperback and eBook formats.

In the UK, Moon Spell, River Cast and Blood Solstice are available at Amazon in eBook format only.

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for the signed trilogy Tale of Lunarmorte and signed novella Drip, Drop Teardrop by author Samantha Young. The giveaway is now closed.

I will be announcing the winner shortly once Random has made its selection. The winner will have 48 hours in which to forward their address details or I will be forced to select someone else.

Even if you haven’t won, I hope you get the chance to check out this author and her amazing books!

And the winner is…

Paige B. You have been contacted by email. If I don’t hear back from you within 48 hours with your address details to give to the author to send out your prizes, I will be forced to contact the runner up, which has already been chosen via Random.

Thank you all, again for entering this amazing contest. And I am totally jealous of the winner!

Author Samantha Young has graciously donated signed copies of the entire Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy and a signed copy of her soon to be released novella, Drip Drop Teardrop, for this giveaway. All four signed books will go to one winner.

The books will be sent directly from the author and will be open to U.S. and UK residents only.

The Deets:

Must be 13 or older to enter.

Contest is for U.S. and UK residents ONLY.

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Winners will be chosen via Random.org and announced on the blog on Monday, May 16th.

Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.

All books will be sent directly

There is no requirement to follow, tweet or “like,” but following and spreading the word are always appreciated.

There is an extra entry if you follow the author on Twitter – @SYoungSFAuthor

To enter, fill out the form below:

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