Interview with Historical Romance Author Samantha Kaye

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 7.05.37 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre as a writer?

The genre is historical fiction. I have always been interested in history and exploring untold stories of the past. I am an avid reader of letters and memoires of 18th and early 19th century France.

Why are your books set in France?

I have always been a Francophone. Part of the story is in France, the other part in the French Colonies. So many of the changes that impacted the last two hundred years began in 18th century France.   

Can you describe Amour in one or two sentences for our readers?

Amour is a simple story of innocence and love which takes place amidst a background of monumental changes. Nothing is constant except the commitment the two protagonists have to each other.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

The story began as a series of conversations in my head which I started to note down. The conversations turned into scenes which provided the outline of the story.

Give us insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 7.08.57 PM

Nicolas is driven by two things, honor and love. Every decision he makes is motivated by those two things. Sérolène is driven by love and a complete devotion which is an equal match to Nicolas’ concept of honor. They are two rocks joined at the base that stand unmoving against a swirling tide of events.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

There is a part of the characters in all of us.

What is the message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?

I want my readers to feel the emotion that the characters feel. I want them to have the sense that these people actually lived and breathed and had feelings of their own. And also to connect with their own emotions through the characters.

What does being an award-winning author mean to you?

That I should continue to work on my craft, and get the many stories I carry in my head onto the pages of my books.

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 7.07.27 PMAre there other writers that inspire your own work?

Frank Yerby is my favorite author. I aspire to write like him.

What is your current writing project and when will it be released?

I am working on completing the Passion and Glory Series. There are two more volumes (five and six) which complete the story.

What is the best thing about your writer’s life?

Reading the comments of readers and occasionally getting a chance to interact with them.

How can readers find you online?

I have a twitter account  @Samantha_Kaye1

 
 

Excerpt from Amour 

Nicolas glanced at Sérolène, the sound of her voice thundering in his head like the braying of the trumpets at Jericho. The barrier of all his civilized artifice, constructed layer after painstaking layer over thousands of years of breeding—a high wall, built to keep man, the beast, separated from man, the thinker, came tumbling down in an instant. As he gazed at Sérolène, his heart pounded with the pure essence of primal man. He knew then, the true wonder and power, which is always and ever, woman. In that moment, Nicolas understood that if this enchanting stranger wished it, his soul would forever be hers to do with as she pleased. Absurd as it might seem, he already loved her, but not for any rational reason of beauty, fortune, or circumstance. She had been meant for him. She alone in a world of millions of souls. He felt her resonance in the marrow of his bones, in the thrum of ichor surging through his flesh. From this moment forward, he would love her till the day he died and a stab of cold, numbing fear wrenched his gut, for he had no surety she would or could ever feel the same, and what would he do if she should be lost to him? What would there be for him but bleak empty hopelessness if she did not return his love, or thought his feelings absurd? He would spend the rest of his life seeking warmth from shadows, knowing that the sun forever eluded him. His heart raced. His mouth was dry. He wondered if the first man felt the same, when he looked down toward the hole of his sundered rib and beheld the wonder named Eve.

 

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