Today, I’m featuring Samanthya Wyatt. Her new book, The Only One– Book Three, published by Soul Mate Publishing, will be released Oct 14. I invited her talk all about it. Enjoy this upbeat and fun author with your questions and remarks.
Samanthya, now retired, lives with her husband in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. When they married, he was a traveling military man. Those travels gave them the opportunity to travel and have homes both here and abroad. Once she found historical romance novels, she couldn’t put a book down. She fell in love with the characters and needed to know their happy endings. One day, she put words to paper creating a story of her own. The more she wrote, the more she became involved with her characters, who take on a life of their own.. She writes historical and contemporary sizzling romance.
What does your writing process look like?
It’s difficult to keep to a writing schedule. Especially now that I’m retired, I thought I’d have all this extra time to write. Other parts of my life sometimes take precident, like spending time with my Mom and baby sistting my grandkids. Then there are my Facebook friends, who have come to expect and appreciate my drool worthy photos. All these things steal time away from my writing day. I find that I lose myself in the moment and must remember I need to get busy writing. I write mostly in long hand, and finalize on the computer. Time gets away from me some days though. When hubby comes home, I know I’ve been at my desk long enough.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
My first historical, I gave the hero the name Morgan, simply because I love the name. I thought Morgan would make a perfect character with such a strong name. Other than that, I pick names based on the story, historic or contemporary.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Join RWA. From there you learn to do a number of things. You can join chapter groups, critique groups where you will find friends and receive lots of help. Take every workshop offered—GMC, POV, character interviews, etc. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did. Enter contests and keep your mind open. Take criticism as constructive. Make your writing better. One main writing tip is to discipline yourself. Time is the one thing that can get away and there is no getting it back. Schedule some time every day for your writing. Whether you write ten words or a hundred, make an effort to write something every day. If not every day—as often as possible. Don’t expect success overnight. It is a long, hard process. If you are determined, keep trying. Don’t give up.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I ride by the seat of my pants. LOL. I find that I get a lot more accomplished if i just sit at the computer and write. But if I want my story to go somewhere and be good, there has to be goal, motivation and conflict. (GMC). I learned this from many workshops. I learned how to do character sketches, GMC charts, plots00everything needed to bring a story together. Once I have a story and characters i mind, then I do a character sheet on his and her. As I write, I make notations on names, color of hair, anything I may need for reference later in my story. It pays off.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Oh my Gosh yes – the sex scene. I want my sex scenes to have heartfelt emotion and genuine warmth. My characters have depth, emotional investments and life threatening challenges. The reader wants to be in the moment, feel what the characters feel—I try to give this to my readers.
What literary character is most like you?
My first contemporary features a strong heroine, Carrie. I designed her after my own life challenges. I was an accountant, I dealt with men who thought women did not belong in their corporate world. I used that and brought emotion of an argument with my own sister to my book. I see myself in Carrie and was thrilled to give her happily ever after with a wonderful man.
What is your latest?
Excerpt from The Only One
A dangerous lord’s warning sparks devastating results
One impulsive kiss to prove the young girl flirted with danger shakes Giles’ firm resolve. The young American is wild and reckless, and before long he realizes, she’s too much to handle. He surrenders. A duke must adhere to his duty. His title demands his home is in England. Tormented with longing for the woman who branded his very soul, he forsakes nobility and returns to claim the love he has carelessly thrown away.
To find Samanthya, please visit her website here: www.samanthyawyatt.com
You can also find Samanthya Wyatt on amazon, FaceBook, Goodreads, Soul Mate Publishing, and Night Owl Reviews.
Have any questions for Samanthya? Please ask away!