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Today I’m on the ‘The Summer House in Santorini’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam’s greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into “crazy plant lady” status.
One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.
Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I have always loved to write, but it wasn’t until I worked at HarperCollins UK that the opportunity to have a novel published was presented. I worked with my former boss and now editor Charlotte Ledger to develop the idea for The Summer House in Santorini. It took a while to come to fruition, but now it’s finally here!
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
The first book that I remember captivating me in a new and exciting way was The Hobbit, which I first read when I was 10. The fantasy, the adventure and the map at the front had me hooked!
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of popular authors within my own genre, so I’d have to say it would be Agatha Christie. Her stories are just so clever, and she does some brilliant character work and is a master at building and diffusing tension.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
From my own book, it would definitely be Elena, our romantic hero’s bold bombshell of a cousin. She would be entertaining for sure, and I imagine I wouldn’t stop laughing the whole time. Then again, she reminds me a lot of my sister Averi, so I suppose I’ll just have to have her around for tea more often 🙂
From someone else’s book, it would hands down be Lou Clark from Me Before You. She’s just such an endearing character, and I love her perfect mix of consideration and humour.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t, but I always must have my hair tied up! I’m like Violet Baudelaire: if my hair isn’t off my face, I can’t think properly.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Absolutely not. I actually had the idea for my second book, which is about a married couple who splits up, whilst on my honeymoon, but I promise there’s nothing to read into there!
For this book, my editor Charlotte told me she wanted something set in Santorini, and so I looked up some history of the island. I was incredibly interested in the idea that its traumatic history is what made it flourish and become so beautiful, and I leaned into that to begin with. The story evolved quite a lot from draft to draft, so the current iteration doesn’t have as much to do with that, but the idea of reinvention and restart has always been at the centre because of the island’s history.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter, or planner as I’ve heard said, through and through! Sometimes it gets me in trouble because I plan things out so meticulously that it satisfies my creative curiosity, and I don’t feel as urgently compelled to tell the story. Haha. I’ve learned to save a bit of room for pantsing to keep me invested.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
DO NOT wait for inspiration to strike to sit down. Make it a habit, and the inspiration will come. No water will flow from the tap if you don’t turn it on.
What are your futureplans as an author?
I’ve started working on my next novel, which I plan to publish on the same list. I’ve been ready to start something new for a few months now, so now that edits are done on The Summer House in Santorini, it’s full steam ahead with the next one!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Of course! I can tell you this much: Anna thinks she knows the truth about her parents, but her mother has been keeping secrets from her!
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Samantha Parks.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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