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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Interview with author Samantha Grace (feat. One Rogue Too Many)

I am a great fan of Samantha Grace's books and was elated when she agreed to do an interview for her new release, One Rogue Too Many

About the book:
From the Betting Book at Brook's Gentleman's Club:

Wager: £2,000 that Lord Ellis will throw the first punch when he discovers Lord Throne is wooing a certain duke's sister.

All Bets Are Off When the Game is Love

Lady Gabrielle is thrilled when Anthony Keaton, earl of Ellis, asks for her hand in marriage. She's not so pleased when he then leaves the country and four months pass without a word. Clearly, the scoundrel has changed his mind and is too cowardly to tell her. There's nothing to do but go back on the marriage mart...

When Anthony returns to town and finds his ultimate rival has set sights on Gabby, his continual battle of one-upmanship with Sebastian Thorne ceases to be a game. Anthony is determined to win back the woman who holds his heart--but he's not expecting Gabby herself to up the stakes...
Hi, Mary. Thanks so much for inviting me to talk about my new release. I’m excited to be at Buried Under Romance. 

Q: What was the inspiration behind your Rival Rogues series?

Every story starts with the seed of an idea and grows into something totally different. I got the idea for a younger sister/brother’s best friend romance from watching the interactions between my daughter and her older brother’s friend. Sometimes the friend would be nice to her. He’d play games with her or watch a video with her. Then other times he would do really mean pranks like shoving black pepper up her nose. (I could have throttled the kid when I heard. Good thing I wasn’t there at the time.) 

I remember being irritated with him one day for hurting her feelings when she asked him if he wanted to do something with her. I thought, ‘Some day she is going to grow up to be a beauty and you’re going to want her attention, but she won’t care a thing about you.’ Then my imagination took over and created a story about two neighbors who grew up together and fell in love as adults, but their shared past creates a few obstacles to trusting one another. That wasn’t enough, however. We needed something to up the conflict, and what’s better than one rogue? Two, of course!

Q: When you write, do you find yourself focusing more on the hero or heroine?

I try to focus equally on both, although my publisher prefers books centered on heroes. I think the hero is easier to write at first, but maybe because the heroine is usually a new character to me. Most of my heroes have made appearances in other books, so I know them a little. Gabby was an exception. She was very easy to write, but she was a secondary character in her brother Drew’s story (Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel). She is one of my favorite heroines, although I think her younger sister Lizzie is going to give her some competition. 

Q: Do you intend to write your characters with certain personalities or do things "just happen?"

I figure out my characters’ backgrounds before I start writing, so I have a basic idea of who they are from the beginning. But their personalities develop as we go along. They definitely say and do things that surprise me, and I think that’s the best part about writing a book. I don’t really know the characters well until I finish the first draft. Then I go back and revise, allowing more of their personality to show. And by the end of the process, I miss my characters. 

Q: What traits do you admire in Anthony and Gabby?

I love that Anthony is responsible in most everything he does—accepting Sebastian’s challenges is an exception—but when he is going to lose Gabby, he takes a drastic step to keep her. It’s both logical and illogical. He knows she loves him and they are meant to be together, but he is taking a huge risk. 

As I said, Gabby is one of my favorite heroines. She’s outspoken, witty, confident, and more emotionally expressive than a lot of people. She is an artist, after all. I like all of these traits, but add in her love for her family and her wish to make them proud, and I adore her. 

Q: What was the most fun to write in One Rogue Too Many?

I think my favorite scene takes place at an art gallery viewing in a private home. Anthony snags an invitation to a small showing of a fellow peer’s rarely seen collection to impress Gabby. While Anthony is retrieving refreshments, Gabby stumbles across a hidden room that houses a very private and inappropriate art collection. Anthony finds her before anyone else does, but then he and Gabby are almost discovered together. They quickly hide in a large cabinet with some interesting art pieces. I chuckled a few times during that scene. It was fun to write, and the research was definitely different from what I usually search for on the Internet. I cleared my history just in case my hubby or kids got into my laptop unexpectedly.     

Q: Any teasers on the second Rival Rogues book?

Ooh, I’d love to share a little about In Bed with a Rogue! It is currently in the editing phase. I don’t have a book blurb yet, so I don’t have anything official to share, but it is a love story for Sebastian Thorne. One night he is in a Whitechapel tavern trying to escape from Society for a while and as he is leaving, footpads (muggers) attack him. He is left lying in the muddy street and calls for help. A lady comes out of the mist to rescue him, but he losses consciousness before he recognizes her. 

The widowed Lady Helena Prestwick is searching for her sisters in Whitechapel with her trusted friend—her former husband’s land steward—and cannot ignore the moans from the man in the street. She goes to help him against her better judgment and discovers she recognizes the baron. Fortunately, she doesn’t think he knows her. She can’t have anyone in the ton learning about her scandalous background. When Helena was a girl of fifteen, her blacksmith father lost her in a game of loo to a Scottish viscount. Lord Prestwick took her away from her troubled household, but he refused to help her sisters. Now she is back in London determined to find her sisters and bring them back to Scotland for a fresh start. 

Once Sebastian solves the mystery of his rescuer is, he and Helena enter into an agreement to benefit both of them. He will search the high-end brothels in Covent Gardens for her if she will use her social standing to help his sister re-enter Society. His sister Eve’s reputation was ruined when she was left at the altar two years earlier, and the blackguard ran off before Sebastian could challenge him to a duel to clear her name. In the process of working together, Sebastian and Helena fall in love, of course. This story was a little harder to write than One Rogue Too Many, but I really love it.     

Thanks again for having me. If anyone has additional questions about my books or writing process, I’d be very happy to answer. 

About Samantha Grace:
Don’t let regency romance author Samantha Grace’s sweet smile fool you. She has a wicked sense of humor, and she’s not above embarrassing her characters for a good laugh. Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and Pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.

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Thanks for coming, Samantha! I'm very excited to read your new book, and the idea of a semi-antagonist becoming the hero of another book is intriguing indeed. I hope everyone will take the chance to check out Samantha's Beau Monde Bachelor series as well. :)


  1. Oh I'm super excited about this series and the books!!!! Just reading this interview is getting me all pumped up for its release~
    And I so adore friends to lovers tropes. How you got the idea from your daughter and son's friend is just too cute! ;)

    And gosh that sneak peek into Sebastian's book is already making me excited even though Anthony's haven't reached my hands yet!

    But I was wondering, do you write your books in order, in a series? Like, does the character take charge or does the time and place of the story does? I find myself writing out of order though I know who will end up with whom. I usually end up writing book two before book one. Does that happen to you, is what I'm trying to ask.

    1. Kipha,
      I always find it interesting to hear how other authors write. I know some who write two books at the same time or whatever book inspires them at the moment. Some will write several different scenes out of order then work them together for the finished book. I've always been a linear author, though. I write my books in order and from start to finish. It makes me sound so boring! LOL But when I have a character demanding I pay attention to him or her, I often give in and write the opening scene. That satisfies the character until I can get to his or her story. :)

  2. Great Interview, Mary!

    Samantha Grace always writes wonderful stories! I was lucky to read this book before release date and I loved it. It's a great story with fun complex characters.

  3. I love best-friends brother stories. Can't wait.



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