September 11, 2012

interview with the author of 'finding lucas'

Blogger's Note: I'm pleased to welcome Samantha Stroh Bailey to the blog today as part of her Chick Lit Plus Tour. Read my review here.

Change the Word: What was your inspiration for FINDING LUCAS?
Samantha Stroh Bailey: Well, there I was, lying in bed next to my awesome husband one night, and I started thinking about Jack, my “friend with benefits” from high school and early university. He wasn’t the one who got away like Lucas is for Jamie, but it had been ten years since I had seen or spoken to him. I wondered where he was, if he was happy, and suddenly, the plot just came to me. I raced out of bed and immediately started writing.

CTW: I have to know: How did you come up with the character Derek, Jamie's jerky boyfriend?
SSB: That is an awesome question! I took all of the characteristics I have despised in men I’ve known and my friends have known and molded them into the jerk he is. I had a lot of inspiration to draw from!

CTW: If you were casting the screen adaptation of FINDING LUCAS, who would you cast as Jamie, Derek and Lucas?
SSB: Jamie would have to be played by the sweet and unassuming Ginnifer Goodwin. There is something so real and refreshing about her. I imagine Bradley Cooper, gorgeous with the potential to be a right bastard as Derek, and Lucas would have two actors playing him. The young Lucas is Zac Efron, with his gorgeous, sweet face and the hint of a bad boy about him, and the adult Lucas, Ian Somerhelder. Those eyes!

CTW: What planning went into the book before writing?
SSB: I always come up with the plot and opening line first. Then, I think of my characters—their names, backgrounds, personalities. I make brief notes on any piece of paper I can find, usually old receipts and bits of construction left over from my kids’ art projects. I’m not a very organized writer because I get ideas all day and jot them down whenever I can. But, I find that what works for me is to just write and get the story out as much as I can. I’m a professional editor so it is very hard for me not to edit as I go, but I stop myself until I feel I have some of the story fleshed out.

CTW: What was the best lesson you learned while writing this book?
SSB: To go after my dreams and cut parts that make me wince or cringe. I also try to remember that I can’t obsess over every mistake.

CTW: How do you get through tough-to-write passages?
SSB: I talk to myself while I write (which often gets me very strange looks at my local coffee shop where I do a lot of my writing) so when I’m struggling, I close my eyes and imagine my characters. If one is touching the arm of another character, I touch my own arm to imagine how it feels. And I read! I’m so inspired by other authors, and they have helped me get through some tough writing moments.

CTW: What is your favorite writing snack?
SSB: I don’t eat a lot when I’m writing because I’m the messiest eater and everything gets all over my computer! But, I drink boatloads of coffee. I’ve switched to decaf in the afternoon because my twitching would scare my kids.

CTW: What advice would you give to new writers?
SSB: Don’t stop writing. This has got to be one of the hardest professions there is because we lay it all out there when we write. So, all of our insecurities and fears smack us in the face all of the time, but if this is something you want to do, don’t let anything stand in your way. However you publish, the moment you see your book is something you will treasure forever. And the best advice I can give is to connect with other authors. It’s scary at first, but the writing community is so warm, welcoming and supportive.

CTW: What's next for your writing career?
SSB: I have two novels that I’d like to publish in the next year. My second novel is for adults (not adult as in Fifty Shades of Grey, but not for kids) and my third is YA. I’m working on the second right now, but between my two kids and my freelance business, it’s a bit of a juggle.

CTW: Is there anything else you would like us to know?
SSB: I just want to say thank you. I have met some incredible people on this journey, and I am grateful to everyone who has bought and read my book, supported me and helped me. I love to hear from my readers and other writers.

About the Author
Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old. Sadly, it was rejected, but a lifelong passion to write was born.
After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other writers.
Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on and many other publications. Samantha also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics. 
She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.
Connect with Samantha
Twitter: @perfectpen
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  1. Awesome interview!! :) I love Ginnifer Goodwin! I totally see her as Jamie. Can't wait for your next book, Samantha! :)