YAH!!! its finally the day for our Blog Tour for Stitch by: Samantha Durante We thought it would be awesome to bring you an interview with the author herself during the tour stop. Samantha is such a sweet, friendly and organized author let me tell you! We loved working with her and her book was AMAZING!!! so keep reading on for all the goodies.
P.S Keep scrolling during this Blog Tour Samantha has provided 3 E-Books to raffle off!!!
Author: Samantha Durante
Genre: Young Adult, Dystoipan
Publication Date: Aug 1st 2012
Hardcover: 314 pages
Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.
Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.
Because what Alessa hasn't figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…
The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.
A great big thank you to Samantha Durante for sending Kelly & I each a review copy of her amazing book Stitch.
NO WAY!!! there's so much more.I found Stitch to be a bunch of different genres in one such as
New Adult, Paranormal Romance,Contempary,Dystopian,& Science Fiction WOW! Samantha Durante takes you on world wind read!
(Shh don't judge) I was literally edge of my seat reading this book the whole time .
My Final Thoughts:
Hi Lisa & Kelly! Thanks so much for hosting Stitch today, the very last day of the Stitch Blog Tour! I’m super excited to be here.
BMB: 1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
SD: Stitch is a fun read where nothing is as it first seems. It initially starts out like a paranormal romance, and you get lulled into a story that seems pretty familiar – a college girl sees a ghost, she can’t get him out of her head, and she decides to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding him. And there’s this slow burn as the story starts to pick up pace, and after a while, you realize that something is just a bit… off. Alessa, the main character, is having these crazy nightmares that don’t make sense, her best friend, Janie, starts acting weird, and the college campus is just little too normal… And then BAM, you’re hit over the head with a major sci-fi twist and everything falls into place as Alessa realizes she’s in a lot more danger than the “ghost” ever presented…
I came up with the idea by just mashing together things I loved from other stories to come up with something new! I love paranormal romances but also dystopian, strong female leads, blow-your-mind twists, etc. And when I was initially thinking of ideas for a book, I couldn’t figure out how to get the girl and the ghost in the same place at the same time without resorting to something kooky like time travel or séances, so Stitch is the ridiculous explanation I came up with. :-)
BMB: 2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
SD: Because I love to read in these genres! Since Stitch is my first book, I just thought, “What’s something I’d love to read that I haven’t seen yet?” and when I found an idea that got me excited, I knew it was the right one!
BMB: 3. What kind of research did you do for this book?
SD: Ghosts, spacetime physics, and apocalyptic pandemic scenarios are things I find interesting and have done quite a bit of learning about in the past (I know, I’m strange!), so I had a good basis to begin with, which is where I got a lot of ideas for the book. And then as I was writing the parts where Alessa would do online research to try to answer the questions she’s facing, I would just do the same in real life and base the story on what I came up with. I also interviewed a biological outbreak expert from the Federation of American Scientists who helped me come up with a lot of the backstory for the book (more about this coming in book 2!).
BMB: 4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
SD: I work full-time as a business writer for my own company, so the days when I wrote Stitch were the fun non-working days for me! Haha. I wrote a few chapters of Stitch a weekend whenever I had time, generally in the mornings (while my husband and cat were still sleeping…). Since this was supposed to be a fun project instead of work, I tried not to set too strict goals like I normally would – I’d just plan to write 2-4 chapters whenever I could fit it in. At one point I was like, “I LOVE writing this book, I’m going to make time to do it every day!” but that ended up being an unrealistic goal, so I went back to writing on weekends only and maybe just doing some revising or working on the marketing plan during the week. It was actually kind of nice because I really looked forward to the time I’d set aside each week to write.
BMB: 5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
SD: The hardest part for me is coming up with the ideas for what’s going to happen. When you write, you have the ability to make ANYTHING happen to your characters, so it’s hard to know if you’re going down the right path or not. I spent A LOT of time bouncing ideas off my husband and planning out the story before I ever started writing it, and that helped me to be a lot more productive when I actually sat down to write.
BMB: 6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
SD: Sharing my book with readers, definitely! I originally wrote Stitch only with intentions of sharing it with close friends and family, as a fun side project to help pass the time until my upcoming wedding (we were married in September and I wrote it from January to March-ish). But then my beta readers were so enthusiastic – and it just felt so good to share the story with them – that I decided to release it to the general public. And it’s been AMAZING seeing reader reactions. There’s a lot going on in Stitch and it’s definitely not for everyone, so I’ve been really surprised to see how positively SO many people are reacting to the book. I love Stitch, of course, but I figured I’m a bit weird so things that appeal to me may not appeal to a lot of other people – but I’m finding out that maybe I’m not as weird as I thought! Lol.
BMB: 7. What are you working on now?
SD: I just got married a few weeks ago (right in the middle of the Stitch Blog Tour!) and then we went on our honeymoon and two days after we got back, we closed on our first house and have been doing massive renovations ever since. So right now, I’m just working on getting my personal life under control, continuing to promote Stitch, and keeping my business afloat with all that going on! But as soon as we’re all settled in the new place, I plan to start writing book 2 of the series, Shudder. Can’t wait!!
BMB: 8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
SD: My advice for aspiring writers is to just do what you love. If you love to write, find a way to make your life work for your writing. It may mean taking a pay cut (I left my lucrative software engineering job to become a freelance writer, so I understand!) and transgressing against other people’s expectations for you (trust me, I got A LOT of blank stares and headshakes when I announced my career change), but in the end, it will absolutely be worth it because you’re doing what you love. And if you don’t have the flexibility to make a major life change to follow your dreams, at least make the time to work your dreams into your life – set aside a few hours each weekend that are strictly for you and your writing, and just let it flow. Life is short – do what you love to do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
BMB: 9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
SD: I have too many favorites to list! The Harry Potter series, Twilight, The Hunger Games, the Eragon series, Game of Thrones, Sharon Shinn’s Samaria series, Divergent, Delirium, pretty much any immersive reading experience that brings me to another place, particularly if that place has magic or elves or vampires or awesome futuristic technology. And of course a little romance sprinkled on top makes anything better. I also love books of any sort with strong female protagonists, and lots of historical fiction. Pride and Prejudice is an all-time favorite of mine.
BMB: 10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
SD: Hmm, I haven’t really thought about this before… I guess all the questions I REALLY want to discuss are all regarding things that are spoilers in the book, so interviewers can’t ask me those questions and I can’t answer them!! One of these days I’m going to have to visit some book clubs or do a live online chat with all people who’ve read it so that we talk about all the good stuff!
Random Q & A fun with Book Mark Belles
BMB: 1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
SD: “The Girl Who’s Life Revolves Around a Cat.” Seriously, he’s so spoiled. Everyone thinks I’m crazy. (Love you, Gio!)
BMB: 2. Twook! (Tweet the other): Describe your book in 140 characters or less. Go!
SD: College student Alessa falls in love with a ghost, except she’s not a student, he’s not a ghost, & everything they think they know is wrong. (That’s 140 exactly!! Thank you, ampersand, for saving me two characters, haha.)
BMB: 3. Name 5 items in your survival kit?
SD: I’m going mainly practical with a couple everyday pleasures thrown in for good measure: knife, fire starter, water purifier, Kindle, and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stick (which is the best lip balm ever invented!).
BMB: 4. Sweet or Sour?
SD: Sour. I used to love sweet, but for some reason I’ve grown out of it in my old age (of 27…). I can’t even take fruit anymore! All I want to eat is cheese, lol.
BMB: 5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?
SD: I think I’d stay being just who I am – I’m very happy right now. :-)
BMB: 6. if you were to become a superhero what would your name be and what special power would you have?
SD: Oh, God, I’m bad at these… My power would be to get a lot of things done really quickly (since this is something I am good at) and my name would be Captain Efficiency. Lame, but effective! Lol.
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