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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Storyteller Saturday Interview: Samantha Holt

Today it's our very own Samantha Holt in the hotseat, talking handsome knights and what inspires her.

What’s your name and where do you come from?
My name is Samantha Holt and I live in a small village in Warwickshire.

Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My latest release is Borderland Bride. It is set in Northumberland in the 14th Century. It features two sexy brothers and explores how a relationship can develop in spite of communication issues.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Who knows? Stuff just comes to me randomly. Sometimes books will stem from one idea. Borderland Bride stemmed from me wanting to create a language barrier. When I realised I didn't know enough about languages, I made on of my characters temporarily mute. It was lovely to write as the characters ended up knowing each other intimately because they were so used to communicating without speech. It was challenging though.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I like Isabel from Borderland Bride a lot. She is strong-willed but has a sense of humour and has a strong sense of duty.

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?
My hubby works away from home so we miss out on birthdays, anniversaries etc, and we're fairly used to it, but this year he had a photo taken with all the guys in his workshop in the middle of Afghanistan and they were all holding up letters that spelled out 'Happy Anniversary'. 

What’s your greatest weakness?
I worry too much. About everything! I live in a constant bubble of stress and struggle to wind down. 

What trait do you find the sexiest?
A self-depreciating sense of humour. Mine is very much like that - a little bit wry and sarcastic - and I love a man who can make me laugh and not take himself seriously. 

Is there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
When  I started writing my first book, I wasn't sure I'd even write sexy scenes. I sort of thought I might do the whole 'fade to black' type thing but the characters really called for it, so I wrote one and loved doing it. In my books, it's not really about titillation but a coming together of two people. Very often their love scenes are the catalyst for a change in their relationship. So obviously I wouldn't put in a scene just for the sakes of it. And it's always very tasteful and sensual so you'll never catch me using very direct, coarse language. However, I'm pretty open to most things so never say never.

Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
I've been married nearly a decade so I'm not completely inexperienced. My love scenes are a sort of rose-tinted version of reality. I think a lot of my ideas come from the years and years worth of romances novels I've gobbled up since my teens. 

What do you do to get in the mood for writing love scenes? Candles, music etc?
I have to listen to music to write in general. But I rarely listen to love songs. My tastes usually run into the alternative rock genre but some of the songs I listen to do have the most beautiful lyrics. When I'm really into a scene, however, I tend to zone out anyway to the exclusion of everything around me. Some of my steamiest scenes have been written with my hubby and kids running around me!
Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town.

Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember. History is another passion of hers and she loves to combine her love for history and romance into exciting and passionate tales.

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In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the Borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the Borderlands.

Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?

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