I’m excited to welcome Samantha Kane to the virtual offices today. Samantha is the author of The Devil’s Thief, a new release from Loveswept, one of my favorite romance imprints. Say “hi” to Samantha, and after the interview, enter for a chance to win a digital copy of The Devil’s Thief!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Samantha Kane] I’m a 45 year old mom, writer, wife. I’m a bit introverted, laid back in some ways and high strung in others. I like to knit and bake and sit outside on beautiful days. I do not multi-task well. I don’t understand how the internet works, or my cell phone, but I use them just the same. This can be said of a lot of things in my life. I drive a minivan by choice, and I am a cat person.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Devil’s Thief?
[Samantha Kane] The Devil’s Thief is the first book in a new Regency historical romance series called The Saint’s Devils. The series is about a group of rakes who’ve been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St. John, a sort of brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character. The Devil’s Thief is about Alasdair Sharp, a well to-do gentleman whose famous family heirloom The Stewart Pearl is stolen by Miss Julianna Harte, a quiet lady who needs the money from the pearl to save the foundling home she sponsors. When Alasdair catches Julianna stealing the pearl she lies about her identity and he thinks she’s an experienced thief, a product of the underworld. So he offers her a bargain–one night in his bed for the pearl. He never means to keep the bargain, however. He plans to pay her off with something else in the morning and make her his mistress. But when morning comes Julianna has disappeared with his pearl and Alasdair has to enlist the aid of his friends to find her and his family heirloom.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Samantha Kane] Many years ago I came up with the concept of the Alasdair and Julianna characters, but in a different series context. Another author and I discussed doing that series together. That idea fell through because of schedules and prior commitments, so I shelved it. Then came Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, and the Sir Hilary St. John character came to me, and Alasdair and Julianna and their story fit so well with his character The Saint’s Devils were born.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Julianna?
[Samantha Kane] Guarded, sincere, misguided.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Alasdair had a theme song, what would it be?
[Samantha Kane] King of Diamonds by Motopony.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Julianna won’t leave the house without.
[Samantha Kane] Her lock picks.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Alasdair’s bedroom?
[Samantha Kane ]Pajamas, anything out of place, another woman after Julianna.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Samantha Kane] Music, movies, the outdoors.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Samantha Kane] Music, isolation, a computer (I can’t write free hand. I block.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Samantha Kane ]Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Samantha Kane] Watership Down by Richard Adams.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Samantha Kane] Hang out with my kids and husband.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Samantha Kane] website: http://samanthakane.us
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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