We start this new online event interviewing cool Scottish indie author Samantha Young, famous for her Lunamorte series
1) Why young adult? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I love writing Young Adult because of its ‘promise’. It doesn’t matter if your
character has been through a lot in their short life, the end of the teenage years
is the beginning of everything. You’re just beginning to evolve into the person
you’re going to start out as in life and the future is full of possibility – a great
career? First love? And in my genre a big supernatural destiny 🙂 I believe we go
through a lot of changes during this time and that makes for great character
development and stories. It’s an exciting time and I love reading about it as much
as I do writing it.
2) Is there an author, living or dead, who inspired you particularly?
From the technical, lyrical point of view I am utterly inspired by Angela Carter.
Her prose was stunning and I can get so lost in the images she weaved with her
finely spun and thought-provoking writing. From a plot and genre point of view I
absolutely love Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Julie Kagawa and Suzanne Collins.
They inspire me so much to give my plot depth and subtle complexity, as well as to
try to write memorable characters.
3) Please, tell us about your last book and, if you can, about your future
My last release was Scorched Skies, book two in the Fire Spirits series. The Fire
spirits series is centered around eighteen year old Ari Johnson, a girl from Ohio
who discovers the world of the Jinn (genies). The Jinn aren’t wispy, funny and blue…
in fact they’re the complete opposite – for the most part, they’re utterly
terrifying and destructive. Ari is caught in the deadly political and philosophical
intrigues of the Jinn Kings and their Sultan, and is aided by a gorgeous guardian
Jinn called Jai, and her best friend, Charlie, as she tries to wade through the
quagmire of her unbelievable destiny. My future projects for the next year includes
releasing books three and four of this six-part series, as well as Sneak Thievery
(The Fade #2), the final part in my fantasy duology.
4) How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get
After much research I decided to take the risk and self-publish, rather than seeking
an agent for traditional publication. For me, the risk has paid off so far. It
involved a lot of research however, and a lot of hard work. As a self-published
author, everything is in your hands – the writing, the delegating to editors, cover
artist etc, and of course the marketing and promoting of the books.
5) Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use social media a lot
to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to
write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are
To be a successful indie author you certainly need to be very hands on when it comes
to social media. I love that part – I love connecting with my readers and it makes
me content to know how happy I make my readers by keeping them so involved in the
process of the writing of a series they’re enjoying. I understand that it can be
difficult to juggle staying connected and doing the actual writing, but the way I
see it is that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to write if it weren’t for devoted
readers who like to be kept up to date and connected with me. I make time. I spend
the morning answering mail and comments on social sites and I spend the afternoon
writing (sometimes the evening too). I don’t think I’d give that up, even if a
traditional publisher wanted to sign me and take the load off for me. It would have
to be a pretty out-of-this-universe deal with a traditional publisher to make
leaving the indie community worthwhile.
About the Author:
Samantha Young is a 26 year old Scottish book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. She studied ancient and medieval history at uni, and it was in her first year there, in the middle of a classical literature lecture, that she first came up with the idea for The Tale of Lunarmorte. She has been writing since as long as she can remember, and she has a particular interest in the paranormal, fantasy and dystopian genres.
She loves pulling pieces of historical fact (or mythology) and twisting it to fit her stories, and she is more than thankful her degree is being put to good use in her writing.
To know more about her, please visit her website: www.samanthayoungbooks.com/
To buy her latest book, simply click on the cover below: