Interview with Samantha R. Anderer, author of Falling In

Publisher: Createspace

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Now that summer vacation has begun, Peyton Cole wants to relax and enjoy the last book of her favorite Young Adult romance series. She reads as Gavin Forrester and Venus Angeletti notice someone watching them from the bushes, and Peyton realizes they mean her. Suddenly she is part of their world, and she doesn't know how she got there.

Hot-beyond-belief Gavin seems attracted to her, and she thinks it might be fun to pop in and out of the book at will. Then everything changes when someone tries to kill her. Peyton wants to return to the safety of her world, but she can't get out of the story. Her best friends, her sister, and the boy who loves her rush against time to save her, but the truth may be more than they can handle.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

‘Falling In’ is a story about a girl with a major crush on a fictional character. Her reality became too much to deal with after surviving the car accident that killed both of her parents, so she turned to her favorite Young Adult romance series for comfort. The next thing she knew, she was meeting the main characters. I wrote it after spending a couple of years as a lurker in a fandom. It was interesting to see how passionate readers can be and how real the characters are to them. My own characters have always been very real to me (I often hear their conversations in my mind), so I could understand. Then I began to wonder what would happen if you joined your favorite story and met the characters, and the premise seemed more humorous than dramatic.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

It was kind of an odd experience because it was the first time in many years that I’d written about all-new characters. It was strange being unfamiliar with them, but I wanted to write something atypical to my style, and it was nice to spread my wings a bit.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

I don’t know that I ever had a choice with writing. I’ve always had characters in my head, telling me their adventures. When I was little, I acted out adventures with my toys. When I learned how to write, I began capturing the adventures on paper. There’s always a character shouting his or her story at me.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The editing process. I get obsessive about it, and then I make myself crazy and get tired of the story and start thinking that no amount of work will ever fix it. It’s pretty intense, actually. I've been known to edit the same story for years. It’s hard for me to know when to stop.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

I used to listen to music frequently while writing. It created a protective bubble around me that distractions couldn't penetrate, and I became part of what I was writing. Soundtrack-making must be ingrained in my writing process by now, because this time it happened even though I didn't listen to anything while writing. I’m not fond of current music, so I stick to songs I know. I've posted my ‘Falling In’ “soundtrack” on my blog; it includes music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, a little Alice Cooper, and even some classical music.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Before I can write, I have to find something to organize. Most of the time, the task will have nothing to do with the story I’m writing. I’ll rearrange a drawer or find a mess to clean. Somehow it gets me in the proper mindset.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

I left a few doors open for a sequel to ‘Falling In’, just in case, but it’s not something I plan to pursue unless there is interest in it. I write two Young Adult series—one is a paranormal action/adventure series and the other is set in the real world—so  I don’t have a lot of time for other writing projects.

Q. What are you currently reading?

Believe it or not, I’ve never been much of a reader. Occasionally I’ll go on a spree, but most of the time I’m just too busy with various projects.

Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

It’s hard for me to name favorites. I think every author has his or her strong points, and I admire anyone with the courage to finish writing a novel and put it out there for others to see.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

‘Falling In’ will soon be available in audio book format! I’m very excited about that because I love audio books. Most authors dream of their books becoming movies, but I dream of my books becoming audio books. If anyone is interested, I will post updates on my blog.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

When I’m not writing about my characters, I’m creating 3-D art of them. I’m only an amateur, but it’s so much fun. Sometimes I think that 3-D art has destroyed the output level I used to achieve for my writing! You can see some of my work HERE. I've only posted pictures of my ‘Falling In’ characters, but maybe someday I’ll have some kind of gallery to post more.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Just that I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my stories. There’s so much to do and so little time in which to do it all, so I am honored that anyone would take the time to fit my book into their life. It’s my hope that they will find something of value or at least some entertainment from my stories. Where would writers be without readers?

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