Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Interview with Samantha Durante + Giveaway

Please welcome Samantha Durante to Short & Sweet Reviews. Samantha Durante is the author of Stitch , which was released on July 31, 2012.

Hi Samantha, thank you for stopping by the blog today! Can you give us the elevator pitch for Stitch? 

Hey Van!  Thanks so much for having me today.  :-)  Sure, Stitch is a young adult/new adult science fiction novel and the first of a trilogy.  It starts out seeming like a paranormal romance between a college girl and a ghost, but it’s actually much more than that… Nothing in Stitch is quite what it seems since it’s got a big dystopian twist that brings something a little different to your typical paranormal read!

How did you come up with the idea for this novel?

I started with the idea of a paranormal romance with ghosts, but I couldn’t seem to figure out a way to get the two main characters together without resorting to time travel.  And as much as I enjoy time travel books, if I’m honest, they always drive me a little nuts… it’s so confusing, and most of the time it doesn’t end up making sense if you really think about it.  Since Stitch was my first book, I wanted an idea that I was really excited about, and time travel just wasn’t it.  So one day this crazy idea of how to resolve that dilemma occurred to me, and it was totally unlike anything else I’d read.  (Sorry, readers, I can’t say too much more without giving away the twist… Van, you know what I mean!)  And I was just super excited about bringing the story that direction, so I knew I had my plot!

I really enjoyed Stitch, and the entire idea beyond the story (readers will have to read the book, no spoilers here!). The book is part paranormal romance- part dystopian. When you started writing Stitch, did you always planned for it to be a dystopian or did it just kind of happened?

Oh, it was DEFINITELY planned… There’s so much backstory that went into Stitch – it would have been REALLY difficult to bring in that aspect after I started writing.  So before I even put down a sentence, I started world-building and planning out all the character histories and timelines and how their society got the way it was, etc.  I think I have probably 50 pages of notes outlining all of it!  So I got all the planning out of the way first, and then I wrote. 

If a movie was made based on Stitch, who can you see playing Alessa, Issac, Janie, and Lizzie?

This is always one of the HARDEST questions for me to answer, because it’s so difficult to find that perfect actor who looks and sounds and behaves just like the character you were envisioning in your head.  So far, the best options I’ve identified are:

(From left to right: Emmy Rossum as ALESSA, Alex Pettyfer as ISAAC, Willa Holland as JANIE, and Robbie Amell as JOE)

But if any readers have other suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them

On your website, it says that you use to work as a software engineer at Microsoft and now as a freelance business writer and communications consultant at Medley Media Associates. Can you tell us three interesting things about yourself that readers might not know or isn’t found on your Bio page? 

1 – I love cheese.  Cheese is hands down my favorite food of all times.  (Though I guess if you read Stitch you might have picked up on this… I mention cheese quite a few times, haha.)
2 – I prefer to play contact sports.  After fouling out of most of my basketball games in high school, I moved on to rugby in college and roller derby after college since I can’t get in trouble for playing hard in those sports!
3 – I have a shoe problem.  I think I have somewhere around 40 or 50 pairs, and I’m always on the hunt for my next ones.  You just can’t go wrong with shoes – a good shoe will last forever, will always fit, and can easily take an outfit from blah to brava!

The cover is gorgeous yet simple, who designed the cover?
Thank you!  I worked with Damon from Damonza.com – he was fabulous.  (There’s a long post about our design process here in case you’re interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes.)

What other projects can we look forward to reading from you in the future?

I’ve just started on Book 2 of the trilogy, Shudder, so that one will be next!  I’ll be keeping readers up to date on my progress, so swing by my blog or Facebook pages for the latest.  :-) Aiming to release that one in Summer 2013.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

It took me quite a few years to realize that writing was what I was meant to do.  Even though I always loved writing, it never seemed like I could make a living doing it, so I always gravitated towards other fields that were more lucrative.  And now that I’m writing full time, I can tell you that it certainly *is* more difficult to make a living as a writer than as a software engineer, but I can also tell you that it’s totally worth it to spend every day doing something you love.  If you like to write, JUST WRITE, no excuses.  Even if you can’t write full time, set aside a couple hours for yourself each week and stick to it, because there’s no time like now to do what you love.


Coke or Pepsi?  Coke!  Diet Coke, specifically.  I’m addicted.

Twitter or Facebook?  I just got a Twitter account this year, but I joined Facebook back when there were only 7 colleges on it, so I’ll have to go with Facebook. :-)

All time favorite movie? Beetlejuice.  I re-watched it recently with friends and they all thought I was nuts, but I still think it’s amazing.

Physical book or E-reader? Love the convenience of the e-reader, but you just can’t beat that new book smell!

Favorite comfort food? Mac and cheese.  Mmm, I just can’t get enough!

Favorite paranormal creature? I love me ANY good paranormal creature, no discrimination here.  But if I had to pick one, I’d have to go with ghosts – there are just so many possibilities with a ghost.

Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Huge fan of both, but Harry Potter definitely holds a special place in my heart.  Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for reigniting an entire generation of readers!

Thanks again for being here Samantha! :D 

Want to learn more about the Stitch Trilogy and Samantha? Check out the following Links!


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