Punished by Samantha Stone Publication Date: October 12, 2014 Genres: Dark Fantasy, Romance
About the Author
Samantha Stone is a twenty-something graduate student studying speech-language pathology in Alabama. She’s proficient in French and Signing Exact English, and considers New Orleans the home of her heart. Most days you can find her doing speech- related research, chasing her creatures around New Orleans (in her head), or curled up with a good book. She drinks hot chocolate year-round.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was 15 years old, and I decided to start writing novels like the ones I loved cough Cassandra Clare, cough. I never stopped!
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from two months to four-five months. It depends on the time—during May and December I’ll write more quickly, because that’s down time for a graduate student like me.
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I set myself a word count goal, and I’m fairly rigid about meeting it. That being said, I take into consideration the fact that I work ridiculous hours every week as a full-time student who has another job on top of that!
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t do outlines until the very end, when I can finally see how the book will wrap up.
5. How do books get published?
You send, send, send them! If you aren’t relentless, your work may not fall into the right hands!
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I like old Southern folklore, as well as Celtic mythology. I’m Northern Irish and British, so I take a lot from my ancestry and the crazy stories my Big Mama used to tell me.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was fifteen, in a fine arts high school, and finished it at seventeen. I was so proud!
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I love to read! I also love research, baking, and playing with my coy-dog.
9. What does your family think of your writing?
Erm…my mom’s supportive, and my dad is too, in his way. I think my younger (much more conservative) sister is mortified I write romance!
10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That writing is a puzzle to solve, much like research (which is my day job outside of school things).
11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written almost six books, four of which are in the Crescent City Creatures series. My favorite so far is Enspelled, the third book in the CCC series, and it’s set to release March 28th!
12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
There are so many things I think are important. Cassandra Clare’s BICH OK saying (But In Chair, Hands On Keyboard) is one of them, and so is the advice that you can’t edit a blank page.
That being said, if you write something and it feels off hours later (we’ve all been there), something is wrong! Go fix it, and use your mistakes to strengthen the scene!
13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do, more than I thought I would! I’ve heard everything from compliments I was floored over (and thrilled by), to comparisons to young adult series (meant in a not-so-nice way). For the record, I still took the latter as a compliment. In a lot of ways, New Adult is similar to Young Adult!
14. Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes, because I can curse, have sex scenes, and not feel guilt over what I’m exposing a younger teenager to. Most of my books don’t consist of those things, but when it does…
15. What do you think makes a good story?
A happy, satisfying ending. Absolutely. That’s what you remember!
16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a librarian. Now I’m going to be a speech-language pathologist with a PhD in fluency…who writes novels. Hey, at least I’ll have books in my office to practice speech with! J
17. What would you like my readers to know?
These books are for you, ladies. For every woman who wanted a sweet, happy ending while still feeling empowered as a woman. For every woman who read a book and was disappointed about the AlphaHole lead (you know you’ve read one of those). For all of you who wants plot, unique mythology, and more than just sex—not that there’s anything wrong with that at all! ;) You know who you are. I wrote this for you.
Finally, this is for the city of New Orleans, a character of her own.