December 5, 2013

12 days of writers - no. 4: samantha march

Blogger's Note: Welcome to the 12 Days of Writing, Change the Word's annual December celebration. After two years of sharing writing tips, this year, I'm sharing 12 writers with you. For the first three weeks of December, you'll have a chance to meet 12 wonderful women and learn about their favorite holiday traditions.

A little more than two years ago, I "met" Samantha March on Twitter. She was the founder of Chick Lit Plus, the fabulous chick lit-focused website that also runs impressive blog tours. She was breaking out into the writing world with the publication of her debut novel, Destined to Fail. I began participating in the CLP tours in November 2011. Ever since, I've had an opportunity to become better acquainted with some of the best new talent in the genre. It also forged the connection between some of my closest writer friends and me. In August, Samantha also gave me the best news an author hopes to hear: She wanted to publish my debut novel Hard Hats and Doormats through her publishing company, Marching Ink. Samantha truly is a Jill of all trades, and I'm lucky to know her and pleased to feature her today.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
When I was younger, my favorite tradition was having the entire family meet at my Grandma’s house. Being surrounded by so much family was amazing, and before we got there my mom and stepdad would take me and my brother on a long car ride to see all the Christmas lights. I just recently got married, and I’m looking forward to starting some of our own traditions with my husband!

What is a must-have eat or treat this time of year?
Anything with Oreos, but preferably the Oreo fluff. Yum.

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
It wasn’t for Christmas, but my engagement ring. I’m so happy to be married to my best friend :)

What is your favorite holiday read and watch?
I love Elf. Like, love love love. So funny. I don’t think I can pinpoint a specific holiday book. I love a good chick lit one (so shocking, I know) but especially those based around NYC. I would love to ring in the New Year one time there.

What’s one New Year’s resolution you’re making for 2014?
Ooh, I haven’t even started thinking about those yet! One would be to buckle down and start plotting out book No. 4. I always like to cook healthier (or just more in general). Can I make it a resolution to finally get a puppy?

(Update: Since Samantha sent me this she actually did get a puppy! Way to go on getting a jump on your 2014 resolutions, and congrats on the new family member.)

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 has two published novels – Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

Connect with Samantha

The Green Ticket Turns One this week! Click here to enter a giveaway in honor of the book's birthday.

About the Book
College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.

While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself –– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.

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  1. Great interview, ladies!:) I love Elf too... definitely need to watch it again soon! Congrats on the new puppy AND crossing something off your 2014 To-Do list before the year even starts!! :)

  2. Oreo fluff?? What have I been missing?? I love Elf too. So sweet and funny. Very exciting about the new puppy!! Congrats on the new family member!

  3. Thanks for having me Laura! So fun to re-read this now that we have our puppy :) And Jackie - Oreo Fluff is like, the best invention ever. Mmm!

  4. The puppy is so cute! I'm going to need to see Elf again. I miss you, Samantha!

  5. Santa! I know him! LOL! I too love Elf. Merry Christmas to you and new hubby (and new "baby")! All the best! xo