MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SAMANTHA COLE😍
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Samantha A. Cole – I write mostly romance/suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Which one? LOL. I just released my 19th book. Most of my ideas come from places I’ve been, things that I’d come across in my careers as a paramedic and police officer, and news stories. Sometimes the ideas just pop into my head with no warning.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been partial to reading romance/suspense. Having my law enforcement background helps with my writing. I prefer my books to have a suspenseful story that goes with the romance.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I research everything I don’t have first-hand experience with.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have several series. The Trident Security series is my first and most popular one. Six former Navy SEALs have gone into the private sector. In addition to working civilian cases, they also have contracts with the US government. When they aren’t working, they’re playing in the BDSM club two of the SEALs now own.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Topping the Alpha was my first M/M romance and it’s still my favorite out of all my books. The alpha lead, Jake Donovan, is a tortured soul and it took someone who was an alpha out in the real world, while being submissive in the bedroom, for him to find his soulmate.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
It just came to me. It took me months of “writing” book 1 in my head before I finally had the courage to put it down on paper.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to do some research on SEALs, the military, and the BDSM lifestyle.
Was it always meant to become a series?
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to get at least 2500 words down each day. I started writing while recovering from one of four knee surgeries, and that was on my couch with my laptop. I still do all my writing there.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Handling Haven will be my next release and it’s a Kindle World book with Susan Stoker’s Delta Team.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some of the names just pop into my head, while other names I go to name-generator sites.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Staying off social media.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I made several trailers myself, and a few of my most recent ones, I had someone else do for me.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Right now? My standalone book, The Friar, recently won a silver medal in the Readers’ Favorite Awards out of over 1000 entries.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to work from home and set my own timetable.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to spread out into a few other genres and like most authors, I’d love to add New York Times Bestselling Author to my resume.
Have you always liked to write?
I didn’t know I could write until a few years ago. I wish I’d figured it out long before then.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. Take negative reviews and constructive criticism, and use them to make your books better.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Not sure. My career as a police officer ended after a bad car accident.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I always “like” the good reviews and post many of them on my Facebook wall or website. Most bad reviews I’ve learned to ignore, but if a reader mentions something that I can fix (typos or something I missed), I’ve responded by asking them to email me the specifics so I can make the book that much better for the next reader.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Favorite part is interacting with my readers. I now have friends all over the world.
What are you working on now?
The Kindle World book, Handling Haven.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Haven suddenly realized Frisco was still holding her hand as if he’d been doing it for years. She wasn’t sure if he knew his thumb was caressing her wrist and that it was sending sparks to the nerve endings, through her body, to her core. While she didn’t have full use of her legs yet, the feeling had returned to her lower abdomen all the way to her toes and everything in between, and right now, what she felt between her legs was lust and desire. Before the shooting, she would’ve acted on that, seducing him until she got what she wanted—him in her bed. She had always been picky about which men she hooked up with, even dating a few for several months or enjoying an occasional friends-with-benefits relationship. But since the wheelchair next to her had become such a huge part of her life, she hadn’t been attracted to any male…until now. Why this man? He’d seen her at her absolute worst…she’d begged him to do what he considered to be an unspeakable act…yet, here he was, having granted his forgiveness, enjoying lunch with her.
Pulling her hand from his, and immediately missing the warmth of the contact, Haven stacked their plates together. “I really need to get back to work. I’m an intel tech now.” While she wasn’t as adept as the some of the hackers and specialists at Deimos headquarters, she was still able to gather a lot of information needed by the field operatives. Her field experience helped because she was able to zero in on intel they needed instead of making them weed through the excess that it was buried under. “Thanks for lunch.”
“My pleasure.” Grabbing the plates and now-empty soda cans, Frisco stood and tossed them into a nearby trash can before returning to the table, while Haven got situated back into her chair. “So, why here?”
His question threw her off as she began to propel the wheelchair toward her van. “Huh? Why here, what?”
“From what I understand, your headquarters is somewhere in California, so why are you in Texas?”
“Ah. Even though the main compound is out west, we have operatives all over the states, preferably near military bases in case backup is needed on a grand scale. The rehab hospital here is one of the best for my injury, so Harker Heights is where I now call home—the first one I’ve slept in for over a month straight during my whole life. My superiors set everything up for me. I’ve got a handicapped accessible home, the van you saw, and it’s close enough to Fort Hood.” It took her less than twenty minutes to reach the base where, with her extremely high government clearance, she had access to almost every inch of the place.
“That’s great . . . I mean, of all the places you could have ended up, I’m glad it was here.”
When they reached her van, Haven pulled out her keys and activated the remote which would unlock the door and bring the lift out and down for her. While they waited for it, Frisco stuffed his hands into the front pockets of his pants and rocked back and forth on his feet. “So, when can I see you again? I’d like to take you out to dinner or something . . . you know, on a date.”
If she’d been standing, she would’ve been knocked off her feet. She gaped at him, trying to make sure she’d heard him correctly. “What do you mean ‘a date’?”
“A date.” He shrugged his shoulders and grinned. “You know—a guy like me, with a really hot woman, like you, who turns him on, going out somewhere that has waiters, wine glasses, and china. They order from leather-covered menus, and the whole time, he’s wondering what his chances of getting a goodnight kiss are. That kind of date.”
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write what I prefer to read. Right now, I’ve only written in the romance/suspense genre but I’ll be branching out into paranormal romance and straight thrillers.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Too many to list!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Jake Donovan from Topping the Alpha. I love his complexity.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me. Everything else that goes with promoting my books exhausts me.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I like to find a combination of both. I want to give them fresh new stories and characters dealing with less talked about issues, while staying true what attracted readers to my stories to begin with.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Catrina Courtenay was a godsend when I first delved into the Indie book world. She helped me figure out what was wrong with my stories and writing form so I could fix them. She pointed me in all the right directions when it came to editing, cover designing, and promotions.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
LOL I have no idea!
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
If you could cast an actor to be one of your characters in a movie, who would it be?
My inspiration for my character, US spy T. Carter has always been Chris Hemsworth so I would love to see that happen.
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤