martes, 30 de julio de 2013

Entrevista a Samantha Kane

¡Buenas lectoras y lectores!

Hace medio año en la revista RománTica'S Magazzine (número 21) entrevisté para la sección Cazatalentos a Samantha Kane, pero nunca llegué a postear la entrevista en inglés.

Y como más vale tarde que nunca, ¡pues aquí la tenéis!

Todos aquellos que la quieran leer en español, aquí tienen el link de la revista:


Hello Samantha! Thank you for letting me interview you! When did you start writing? You knew immediately your genre was Historical Romance and Erotica or you kind of discovered it later?

I started writing fiction as a child. I won a local writing contest with a rather dramatic poem when I was in the 4th grade. I don't have the poem anymore, and can't quite recall what it was about. In high school I was editor of the school newspaper and wrote editorials. I wrote freelance editorials for my college paper. I majored in History in college and started thinking about writing a book, but didn't actually start my first romance novel until several years later when I was in graduate school. I earned a Master's degree in American History and I taught high school History for almost ten years. When my first son was born my husband took a new job halfway across the country and I decided to take time off from teaching. I finished the book I'd started so many years ago (it's in my file cabinet awaiting a rewrite), joined Romance Writer's of America, and wrote and sold my first erotic romance to Ellora's Cave. Because of my educational and teaching background, and my love of reading Historical Romance, it was a natural choice when I began writing. After I joined Romance Writer's of America I discovered erotic romance as a reader. I fell in love with the genre and decided to write a book specifically to submit to Ellora's Cave. It worked. :)

I could read the ARC you gave me last August of "The Devil's Thief", and although I knew it was historical romance, I found it surprising because I know that your erotica books are really, really hot. I expected more of it there. So, can you tell us a little bit about all the series you have out in the market right now? 

Well, The Devil's Thief, and the entire new series, The Saint's Devils, are mainstream romances from Random House, much different from my erotic romances. The Saint's Devils is about a group of rakes who have been friends since their school days. Sir Hilary St. John is the group's unofficial leader, and the Saint in the series title, and he's a kind of Sherlock Holmes character who helps the other Saints solve a mystery involving the heroine in each book. The new series is still considered rather steamy, but there's far less explicit language and sexual situations than in my erotic romances. The romance in these books is strictly m/f. The second book in the series, Tempting a Devil, will be released on July 8, 2013.

Brothers in Arms is my best-selling erotic romance series about veterans of the Peninsular War. This series is menage romance and contains male/male, male/female and male/male/female romance and sexual situations. The series is centered around Englishmen who fought in the Peninsular War and suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome and/or physical injuries from the war. These men have paired off as best friends who share women or as lovers. Now that they have returned to England they are looking for a woman who is willing to take them both in a committed relationship, marrying one of the men and sharing the second man as lover. This series contains very explicit language and sexual situations. There are currently ten books in this series and I'm working on the next one, which will feature one of the main characters in the series, Daniel Steinberg.

I have one book out in a contemporary male/male romance series centered on a small North Carolina town called Mercury. The book is Cherry Pie, and it's about an ex-con, Connor Meecham, who used to be the high school football hero who returns to Mercury to try to get his life back on track. His mother is dead and her house in now owned by John Ford, who left his life in California and moved to Mercury when his long term partner died. John offers Conner a job and a place to stay. Eventually Mercury and their growing love for one another help both men start their lives over again. The second book, Cherry Bomb, will hopefully be out next year. These books are erotic.

If you could pick only a book of all the ones you have published as your favorite (because it's the most special for you or something), which it would be and why?

Each book is special in its own way. I love them all. But I think I'd have to say Cherry Pie is my favorite because it's sort of a love letter to my home, North Carolina. The book was inspired by a song by Miranda Lambert called The House That Built Me. The first time I heard that song I cried and Cherry Pie leapt into my mind almost fully written. It's a very emotional story about second chances and the power of love and friendship and home.

Going now more with the erotica. You know now that genre is getting pretty famous between readers. How do you feel about that? 

It makes me laugh. I've been writing erotic romance for about seven years. I've been reading it a little longer than that. It's not new. When I see all these stories in the news about the "new" genre of erotic romance I just shake my head. I am glad, however, that more readers are turning to erotic romance and it's losing it's taboo status. It's fun, it's sexy, and it's great romance.

You mentioned you also write homo-erotica. That type of erotica is still not very spread and some readers don't really accept it because they don't feel it. What makes you write about it? 

Romance is romance. I began writing m/m romance as part of my menage series, Brothers in Arms. I'd read other menage stories where the men were not sexually involved and found them unbelievable. If you are going to get naked in bed with someone, you are open to the possibilities, right? So I took it a step further. I thought it brought more emotion and tension to the stories and made them much more believable. I've been told by readers who have never read m/m romance before that they are surprised by how much they enjoy that aspect of the books. They feel, as I do, that the romance is the most important thing, and the love story between the men is as romantic as the love story with the heroine.

A lot of Spanish readers already know you even though you're not published here yet, officially. How does it feel to know that a lot of people outside the US already know your novels even without being published?

I was surprised to hear this question! I had no idea that I had Spanish readers. As you said, I'm not officially published there. I do get fan mail from around the world. I think I have a lot of Brazilian readers, as well, based on fan mail. It's thrilling. I love the idea that people I don't know are reading and enjoying my books. As a reader, there is nothing better than a great book that takes me away to a different time or place and makes me fall in love. To know that I'm creating that experience for others is always a thrill for me. We really are becoming a global community because of the internet, so I hope that more readers outside the US will be able to discover my books.

Any special comments to all the Spanish readers that are having the chance to know you today? 
Wow, no pressure here. LOL I guess I'd just like to tell them that no matter what genre or category my books fall under--whether it's historical, contemporary or erotic--my focus is always the romance. I write emotional, character driven stories that always have a happy ending.

Thank you so much Samantha!


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