April 14, 2014

interview with samantha march

Blogger's Note: Today Samantha March is stopping by on her Chick Lit Plus blog tour for her latest novel, A Questionable Friendship. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post.

Change the Word: How was the process different for writing book three than it was for books one and two?
Samantha March: It gets smoother with each book. With the second book I knew what worked for me and what didn’t through trial and error with the first book, and that only got smoother when I started plotting out the third. I knew my strengths and weaknesses when it came to plotting, editing, and creating my writing schedule. I’m currently writing my fourth novel, about 30K words in, and I’m happy to say that I took plenty away from book 3 to help this time around, as the setting once again is somewhere I have never been and the characters are quite a stretch from my own life.

CTW: What was your favorite part about writing this story?
SM: Getting to do something new. Really challenging myself on creating the atmosphere and building the character’s lives. I didn’t let myself get too invested in plotting and knowing each next move my character would make, I let the words and the ideas flow when my fingers hit the keyboard.

CTW: What is the biggest difference between this book and your previous two novels?
SM: Book three was pretty different from the first two in regards to my writing research, because I was writing about a place I had never been before and writing from a perspective as both a wife and mother, neither of which I was at the time of writing (I am since married).

CTW: Finish the sentence: When I sit down to write, I need ____, ____ and ____.
SM: When I sit down to write, I need a water glass, the TV off, and a hair tie. I cannot write with my hair down because I constantly play with it!

CTW: What literary character do you have a crush on and why?
SM: I’ve been asked this question just recently, and I honestly don’t think I have one. I feel like this makes me quite weird in the book world.

CTW: If you were having a dinner party and could invite five characters as guests, who would attend?
SM: Rachel and Darcy from Something Borrowed because who doesn’t? Drew from Pulled Beneath by Marni Mann because I would love to see how things are working out with Saint! Roxy from Breaking the Rules by Cat Lavoie because I’m dying to know how her journey is continuing! And then Lexi from Hard Hats and Doormats, because I’m curious how things are going with her and Jason! :)

CTW: What are a few songs you like to listen to while you write/edit/work-out?
SM: I actually can’t listen to music while I write or edit, or watch TV. It’s just too distracting. When I workout I like a good beat, so I typically go for rap or hip-hop to keep me in the groove!

CTW: Since the last time you published a book, you've gotten married, moved into a new home and expanded your family with a puppy. How has that changed your writing career?
SM: Whew! It’s definitely made me need to juggle my time better and more efficiently. Especially with having the pup around, she demands our attention, so I have to plan to write on days she is in doggie daycare or in between her kennel time, because I could get nothing done when she’s out! But it’s also given me more ideas for my next books – the book I’m writing now is all about planning a wedding, and I have plenty to say on that topic :)

CTW: What's in store next for you and your writing career?
SM: I’m hoping to get book four out by the end of the year or early 2015, and release a new book every 12-15 months after that!

Excerpt of A Questionable Friendship
I lay in bed by myself that night, as Trent said he still had some reports to look at. I flipped onto my stomach, my favorite sleeping position, and tried to will myself to sleep. But my mind wouldn’t shut off. I flashed to the papers I found in Trent’s desk last night, purely on accident. I had never thought to snoop on my husband of two years. I was trying to find our tax returns from last year to give to the accountant, as we were severely behind and the April deadline was just around the corner. I had tried calling Trent to see where they were, but his phone was going to straight to voicemail. I knew he was driving home and sometimes his service cut in and out, so I didn’t think anything of it. I decided to find the papers myself, mostly out of boredom and the need to do something.

Trent’s office in our 2200 square foot ranch home was on the first floor, all the way to the east. I rarely ventured in there as I had no reason too, only popping in when Trent was working. It felt a little foreign being there, but I sat at his desk chair and looked around me. His desk wasn’t just some shoddy little thing tucked into the corner, no, the desk ran almost the full length of the wall, big enough for three people to easily fit at. He had one desktop computer set up and a laptop as well, and he carried yet another laptop with him on business trips. A printer that doubled as a scanner sat on one corner, and a fax machine on another. He had multiple calendars hung up with agendas scribbled on the majority of the dates, and another smaller calendar that sat to the right of the desktop. It was opened to that date, March 14, and scribbled on there was “Petosi.” He had been in that town for the past two nights, and was due home late in the night.

After some searching, I finally found the drawer that seemed to hold important records. Our passports were in there, our wedding license, birth certificates, and deed to the house. I found the titles to both our vehicles, but no tax information. I frowned, trying to think of another spot he would have them. I slipped all the papers back in the appropriate files and shut the drawer, and when I did, a single piece of paper had floated down to me, from somewhere at the top of the desk. I grabbed the sheet and read over the words, my eyes growing wide, then squinting as I read and re-read. My body turned cold as I sat in shock, trying to process what I had read. When I realized I’d been sitting there for probably thirty minutes doing absolutely nothing I jumped, understanding that Trent could walk through the door at any minute and find me. Then what would I say?

Carefully, I pushed myself up and climbed onto the office chair, putting the piece of paper back where I thought it had come from. From my new vantage point, I saw the top of his desk was riddled with other papers and...a calendar. I swallowed hard as I peered closer and saw what was written in under March 13. My stomach heaving, I quickly left the office after righting the chair to its original spot, and fled to the bathroom.

I blinked back tears in bed as I forced myself to calm my mind. Trent had some explaining to do sure, but how did I tell him what I had found? Did that really even matter in the grand scheme of things? But knowing the Trent as of lately, he would try to turn this around on me and make me look like the bad person. I squeezed my eyes shut and prayed for sleep. I just wanted to sleep, to forget about what I had found. The day had been torturous enough, trying to make everything seem like it was hunky dory and nothing out of place. And what would tomorrow bring? More questions. And next week – Trent would be gone for two weeks. Would he be going where he said he was? What was he actually doing on his trips away?

The bedroom door opened and I saw Trent enter the room, already in just his boxers. I let my breathing become even so he would think I was asleep.

He plugged his cell phone in and set it on the nightstand, then pulled the covers back and crawled in. I felt his cold feet touch mine and jerked involuntarily. “Are you awake?” he whispered. I could feel his erection pressing into my back, and knew what he wanted. He probably touched me on purchase.

“Mmmph,” I mumbled, not opening my eyes.

“Port. You awake?” he asked again, clearly not getting the hint as his hand wandered to my breast.

I rolled away and made more sleeping noises, begging in my mind for him to leave me alone. He stayed quiet for another moment, then finally rolled the other way.

I was off the hook – at least for one night.

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 three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

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About the Book
Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small cafĂ© and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself.

A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.

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  1. thank you so much for having me!

  2. Great interview, ladies!!
    That dinner party sounds awesome! I've asked Roxy if I can be her + 1, but she hasn't returned my call! ;)