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One summer in Greece will change everything…

Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, her ruined career and her complicated family life.

On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas and blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean washing away her sadness, Anna has never felt more alive.

And then there is gorgeous, mysterious Niko. Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?

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Q&A
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– When and where do you prefer to write?

I do most of my writing in my spare room, where my husband, who is a massive gamer, has a pretty sweet set up in place. However, I occasionally go to coffee shops to write as well. Since I’m self employed, I can write whenever I want, but I usually prefer to dedicate entire days to it rather than a little bit of time each day.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I always have to have my hair tied back, and if I’m at home I can’t be wearing shoes. Otherwise no, I just sit down and start typing!

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I’m a strictly water kind of gal. Anything with caffeine gives me the jitters.

– What is your favourite book?

The Hobbit! It’s been my favourite since I first read it at age 10.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes! I have about two-thirds of a YA sci-fi novel written. It’s on the back burner for now, but I hope to pick it up again in the future.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

No, I try not to, but sometimes they do end up reminding me of people. For example, one character in my book Elena reminds me of one of my sisters in how bold and funny they both are, but they’re also very different in a lot of ways.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I don’t. I do keep Google Docs for every book though, which I can edit on my phone when I have an idea.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I’m not a fan of horror. I’m a big scardey-cat, so I tend to stay away.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I have a friend I wouldn’t mind co-writing with, but she writes in a very different genre to me, so it’s unlikely to happen. But never say never, I suppose!

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would have loved to take a research trip to Santorini! But actually my next novel involves a lot of travel, and I hope to make a trip somewhere for that. It depends on what’s nearby (some of it takes place in New Zealand, but that’s a bit of a stretch for a research trip), as well as what location gets the big climax. My fingers are crossed for Paris or Marrakech, but we’ll see how the story turns out!

Thank you, Samantha Parks and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author
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Samantha Parks is the pen name of Sam Gale. Her pen name comes from her late grandmother Velma Hobbs nee Parks, who was one of Sam’s greatest role models. Sam was born in North Carolina but now resides in Bournemouth, UK with her husband Alex. She owns a successful marketing company and is enjoying her slow descent into “crazy plant lady” status.

 

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