Today I am thrilled to welcome Samantha March as part of her Chick Lit Plus blog tour. Not only does Samantha run CLP blog tours, the CLP blog, and a publishing house, but she is also an author. She recently released Up To I Do, her fourth novel, which is what she is here to discuss today. She is also generously giving away a $25 Amazon gift certificate as part of her tour, so be sure to check out the details below.
Samantha March: It actually... really didn’t. When I first got the idea to write Up To I Do, I thought I would add in the funny (and stressful) moments that happened during my wedding planning process. The bridesmaid dresses not being ordered, the hotel we blocked out giving rooms away, my...interesting bachelorette party. But then, Emerson had a completely different wedding than I did, so the story became 100% her!
CTW: What is the funniest thing that happened at your own wedding?
SM: Oh boy – we had some great moments. From the maid of honor and best man switching outfits for their introduction at the reception to the maid of honor rapping her speech to everyone on the dance floor signing along to “What Does the Fox Say?” which had just been released that week...it was a good time!
CTW: What is your favorite song to dance to at a wedding?
SM: I love “Shout!” Just love it!
CTW: What is your favorite wedding-themed movie and why?
SM: The Wedding Crashers is one of my favorite movies because I find it hysterical. I mean...not maybe the typical wedding movie for a chick lit writer to say, but when Isla Fisher says “I find you” – Die. Every. Time.
CTW: If you could have dinner with one of your characters from this book, who would you dine with and why?
SM: Ooh. Good one. Probably Grams. Because she reminds me of my own grandmother ;)
CTW: What was the biggest lesson you learned while writing this book?
SM: Honestly, how important family is. That was a strong lesson in the book, especially with Emerson and her grandmother.
CTW: What are three things you need for a good writing session?
SM: A ponytail holder so I don’t rip my hair out, something to drink, and my puppy!
CTW: Many of your more recent works connect with each other--how do you keep everything straight?
SM: Lots of notes :) And Google Docs. And highlighters. And Post-Its.
CTW: How do you keep yourself motivated to keep writing?
SM: My mortgage payment! No really...just the ideas keep coming! I’m writing book 5 but already have the next, gulp, 7 in my head. I hope the ideas never stop!
CTW: What's up next for you writing-wise?
SM: Right now I’m currently writing my fifth novel. It’s in the very early stages so I don’t have much to report yet :)
About the Book
Emerson Sinclair, twenty-seven year old hotel heiress, has said yes. With just over a year to plan her extravagant, over the top nuptials to Logan Worthington, it’s all hands on deck with the wedding plans. A Sinclair marrying into the Worthington family is the talk of their small New Hampshire town, and ideas include filming the wedding for a TV segment. But as the items get checked off the list, plans start to go... not as planned. From not getting a designer dress to a selfish bridesmaid and unaccountable best man, Emerson is afraid her wedding will be more a joke than anything.
When both her mother and sister seemingly begin to lose interest in her wedding plans in favor of their own personal lives, Emerson fears her big day will turn into the forgotten wedding. With the pressure to pull off a beautiful and elegant event that everyone expects from their respectable families, Emerson starts to forget the reason why she is saying I Do in the first place.
But her spirited Grams is there to make sure neither happens. With her help and guidance, Emerson not only has her wedding plans back on track, but she remembers the reason why they are going through the stress of wedding planning – because at the end of it all she gets to marry her true love, and marriage is defined by more than a wedding.
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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