Indie Friday: Samantha Young

Welcome to April’s Indie Friday event!

This month Barbara and I are so pleased to have one of our favorite authors visiting, Samantha Young. My journey with her books started with Slumber, and the moment I finished, I immediately bought and read every book she’s ever written. I enjoyed every last word. Her Fire Spirits series is my favorite so far, and and I couldn’t be more excited to have her here!

Samantha Young is a 25 year old writer who resides in her home county of Stirlingshire, Scotland. She is a self-proclaimed book addict and kindle junkie, using fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi and paranormal novels to feed her addiction.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in ancient and medieval history, Samantha returned to her main passion, writing, and often incorporates history and mythology into her novels.

Samantha’s first release, The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy, was followed by a second series titled Warriors of Ankh. At present, she is a full-time writer working on a number of projects for near future release. She is the author of nine novels and one novella. Her young adult paranormal series’ are Amazon bestselling novels.

THE RULES OF ATTRACTION

Chemistry between your hero and heroine is extremely important. As an avid reader, who enjoys a good romantic subplot, I know I tend to give up on a book if I feel a lack of connection to the characters and between the characters, because there is nothing quite like an epic romance in a book.

As I say, I read a lot, so narrowing down favourite literary couples is tricky, but a few do spring to mind. Rose Hathaway and Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. We’re talking forbidden love, lost love, found love, lost love again… it’s epic! The chemistry builds up nicely between them through tension during their training sessions and from there escalates into an explosive love story that is hard to beat in the YA genre. Another particular favourite of mine is Tris and Four from Divergent. Their romance is a quiet, slowly creeping, ‘you get me more than anyone will ever get me’ kind of love, and the writing between them from Veronica Roth is just deliciously brilliant. I can’t wait to see how their connection develops in book two. And finally I adore the love story between Meghan and Ash in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. The chemistry between them is electric and fragile because this is the case of two opposites attracting. Ash’s character drives this love story, his fight within himself to stay distant from Meghan — someone he shouldn’t love and doesn’t want to because he’s already lost in love before. It’s butterfly-inducingly good!

As an author I love threading a great love story into my novels. There’s nothing quite as fun as building chemistry between two characters and letting the sparks fly — I spend half my time writing with a big mischievous grin on my face, knowing a certain scene will make my readers happy or frustrate the hell out of them! :-p

It’s difficult to create chemistry between characters if you don’t take the time to feel out their mannerisms or personalities. It’s the little things that tell a reader a character is truly attracted to another. In real life when you have a crush or feel deeply for someone, you notice things about them that other people don’t i.e. chewing a thumbnail when they’re nervous, a certain look in their eye when they’re trying not to laugh. You notice if they change their cologne or perfume, or notice the fact that when they wear red it means they’re in a good mood that day. You watch them, you study them, their hands, their mouth, their eyes, and the room literally blurs around you when they’re with you — your heart pounds whenever they stand too close to you. These are all the things I have to describe as happening to my characters if I want my reader to believe there is true attraction and chemistry between them. If a character begins to note the minute detail of another it should be a clear signal to the reader that an attraction is developing.

Deciding whether that chemistry can become more is all in the couple’s history and personality. For example, take Ari and Jai from Fire Spirits. Despite Ari’s many disappointments from the men in her life, she wears her heart on her sleeve. If she likes you, she can’t hide it. She doesn’t want to hide it. And even when her brain tells her she should run and put up a wall of defense, Ari’s heart tends to win in the end. As a character, Ari is extremely lonely. She has no real family support and she’s a pawn with no idea who to trust. Jai is similar in that he has no real family support either, and only one true friend. But Jai has never felt lonely because of his purpose in life. Where Ari has run from responsibility, Jai revels in it. As a guardian Jinn, he takes his job protecting people very seriously. It’s his life and his reputation. He has no time for the kind of connections Ari is looking for. However, Jai has never met a girl as openly kind and loyal as Ari, or one who doesn’t take his crap just because he’s ‘pretty’. Ari’s complex mix of strength and vulnerability are a lure for someone with Jai’s protective instincts, and Jai’s power and steadfastness is a lure for someone with Ari’s broken and unstable life. Together they are a couple whose attraction makes sense because they each have found something in the other that no one else can give them. However, they have enough differences in their outlooks to make for a realistic push and pull between them. And of course there are outside complications in their lives to make for a dramatic and hopefully epic love story.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner:

-One copy each of Smokeless Fire and Scorched Skies (e-book copies)
-International – books will be gifted through Amazon
-Giveaway will end Thurs, Apr 12 at 11:59pm and winner will be announced Fri, Apr 13. That gives y’all a week.
-To enter: leave a comment on this post, with your e-mail address

Please note: Books will be sent from the US and if you’re outside the country, and the books aren’t available where you are you may need to contact Amazon support to have the title converted into credit.

Good luck y’all!

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Comments

  1. Well, you know duh, don’t enter me, but I just adore this post of Samantha’s. I loved it when it came in after she wrote it and I love it every time I read it. It gives me such goose bumps when you hear a really good author describe the little things that go into how you write characters falling in love (as opposed to hot ab lovin’ lust, which is also okay). And I co-sign on Ash and Meghan. 🙂

    (Don’t hurt me because I haven’t read the other two yet)

    • Oh, you are so getting beat down for not having read Divergent or The Vampire Academy series. Seriously, how can we be friends? 😉

      I always envision authors playing matchmakers when they’re creating their character profiles. I think that would be the best part of writing, is giving the characters all the little traits/habits/talents that make them fit perfectly with their counterpart. And Sam does such an excellent job of matchmaking!

  2. Vicky Martin says:

    I love this series. So far I have read all of Samantha Young’s books and the chemistry between characters is fantastic in all of them. She is a great matchmaker and I can appreciate the push and pull of the characters making them relateable with their struggles. vicvac16@comcast.net

  3. This is a great post by Samantha! She is so fantastic at giving you the right amount of details and descriptions to give you vivid insight into the characters and their feelings. I always feel so drawn in and apart of what they are going through. I am a big fan and have read all her books too (so don’t worry about entering me). Thanks for sharing!

  4. I want to read that series! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  5. Nice post.
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  6. So funny, this is the second blog I’ve read today that mentioned Vampire Academy. 🙂 I haven’t read that series, but I love Divergent and can’t wait to read book 2!

    Excellent insight re: chemistry and the little details. My favorite part of reading romance, especially YA romance, is noticing those things and falling in love right along with the characters.

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  7. Samantha Young’s Fire Spirits series sounds absolutely amazing! And reading her thoughts on the “Rules of Attraction” was fantastic. On many blogs, all you see are author Q & A’s or Interviews. While that is great, it’s nice to be able to read an author’s thoughts about certain aspects of writing. Well done!

    I definitely would love to read Smokeless Fire and Scorched Skies!
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  8. Chemistry between the characters is pretty important to me and I do appreciate a good love story threaded into the story as well. It gives me a chance to connect better with them and root them on.

    The covers for your books are lovely.
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