Blogger's Note: I am pleased to interview Samantha March, author of The Green Ticket (read my review here and an excerpt here), today, as part of her Chick Lit Plus blog tour.
Samantha March: I actually became fascinated a few years back with the money versus morals topic when I watched a young girl marry an older man (we are talking a 50 year age difference) and be fine that people knew she married him for money. Well, fascinated and quite disturbed I should say! That gave me the spark to write The Green Ticket and even though the plot is entirely different, the concept is still there.
CTW: What kind of prep work did you have to do before writing?
SM: I had a lot of plotting done before I started writing. I had pages and pages of scenes, descriptions, and of course – characters. I did character interviews to help get them from my mind to the page.
CTW: Would you say you are more of a plotter or pantser and why?
SM: I found the writing process to be quite easier when plotting before writing. With my first novel, I just flew by the seat of my pants (or pen!) and I had to do a lot of rewriting to make sure the pieces fit together.
CTW: What was the most important lesson you learned since publishing Destined to Fail (read my review here)?
SM: I learned that I definitely liked plotting first! But probably the most important lesson I learned was to have a solid marketing plan in place before I published. I was playing catch up a lot with Destined, but I feel much more secure with publishing The Green Ticket!
CTW: How did writing your second book differ from your debut novel?
SM: There was definitely more pressure! With the first, since I have my website ChickLitPlus.com, people were aware that I was writing a book (since I blog about everything) but I didn’t feel the rush or pressure. It was like immediately after I published Destined, people were asking when the second one was coming – ah!
SM: I had a few challenges when writing, and most dealt with characters turning out nothing like I expected them to. In particular, Allie and Dani. Their roles were basically switched when I plotted everything and started writing, but Dani was simply too much of a sweetheart! I gave a friend both versions to read, and she agreed that the way it ended up was the best :)
CTW: How do you balance maintaining Chick Lit Plus, Marching Ink and being a novelist?
SM: With love ;) It is true though – I love every part of what I do, and I have a passion and drive for it. I feel thankful that I found something that I love so much, and I don’t take that for granted!
CTW: What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever received?
SM: Two things – to write every day (even if it’s not for your book!) and to be a reader.
CTW: What's up next for you and your writing career?
SM: I am currently plotting and researching for book number three!
CTW: Anything else you would like to share?
SM: Thanks for having me Laura! Book blogs and the whole social media world is so important nowadays to writers, and I appreciate your time!
About the Author
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
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