In case you didn’t know today is Friday the 13th. It’s the perfect day to welcome Bold Strokes Books author Samantha Boyette who recently published the novel The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead. One lucky winner will receive an e-book copy.
Please welcome Samantha.
Before we begin, thanks so much for stopping by today for a chat.
Thank you so much for having me. This is the first interview I’ve done like this.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Not in a real ‘oh I’m going to do that when I grow up’ kind of way. I was always writing as a child and teen, but it wasn’t until I was about eighteen that I realized I could actually be a writer. Before that it didn’t really cross my mind that people set out to be writers.
What’s your writing process like?
I usually dwell on a few ideas until one really takes hold. Then I spend a lot of time thinking about that idea and get some of the most important moments and characters into my head. Once I feel like the story is really blooming inside me I start writing.
Your latest release The Girl Who Wasn’t Dead (great title by the way) is a mystery. What inspired the story?
I attended a crazy holiday party at a hotel one year. I saw some of what went down that night, but not all of it. The next day I spoke to person after person and everyone had their own little bit of the story to add until finally I had the whole story. I liked the idea of writing a book where the story was revealed that way and you got everyone’s version of the same events along with what they meant to them.
Many are superstitious when it comes to Friday the 13th. Are you?
I’m not. Which is odd since I’m generally a very superstitious person. I can’t go into the basement alone without imagining something grabbing me.
Can you describe your perfect day?
I have two kids under three. My perfect day is spent all alone with lots of time to write and read. It would end with a good bottle of red wine and a large pizza.
Is there one type of food you absolutely refuse to eat?
Cottage cheese. The texture and flavor are horrible.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Before you go, can you offer one piece of advice to anyone who wants to write but hasn’t yet?
Just start writing. It doesn’t matter if what you write isn’t any good, keep writing. Find people to help you edit and learn from what they tell you. You will either hate it and give up or you will love it and you will get better.
SPOT THE LIE
For a bit of fun Samantha has provided two truths and one lie? Which do you think is the lie. Let us know by leaving a comment.
1. I’m allergic to mangoes
2. I lived in China
3. I sew my own underwear
THE GIRL WHO WASN’T DEAD
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Mystery / YA
Prom was supposed to be the biggest night of senior year, but for Jenny Lewis it was the night she almost died. The night someone drugged her, loaded her in a car, and dumped her body in the river.
The next morning, her soaked prom dress was found on the riverbank. Her body was never found. People whispered that she’d killed herself or gotten drunk and stupid. People moved on, went to college, and stopped thinking about her. Months later, her ex-girlfriend and three other classmates received a text from an unknown number accusing them of her murder and claiming to have proof.
The text? It came from Jenny, not dead and ready to figure out who tried to kill her. There’s going to be an impromptu reunion and no one is leaving until the would-be murderer steps forward.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Samantha was born in Upstate New York and lives there still today; however she has traveled extensively within the United States and the rest of the world. She lives with her wife and son in a small town near the water and writes when her busy life allows it.
When not being a full-time mom, she likes keeping up with her favorite TV shows, doing puzzles, and enjoying a glass of her favorite wines. Of course she is also a big fan of reading, mostly young adult novels, but with a soft spot for Stephen King.
Enter here for a chance to win a copy of
THE GIRL WHO WASN’T DEAD
Thanks so much Samantha for stopping by today.
Don’t forget to play the spot the lie game by leaving a comment.
Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.