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One of the things that first struck me was how much and how long these people have been misunderstood throughout the ages.
One reviewer commented that this book sent out a strong message about prejudice. When I started this book, I certainly didn't set out to write a book about prejudice -- I found the idea of a Gypsy hero incredibly romantic! Granted, in reality a story like this would probably never have occurred. But for me, that's one of the joys of romance -- making the impossible come true, overcoming the insurmountable, helping the fantasy come alive. Crescent Blues: When preparing for a new book, what comes first: character, plot or period?
Samantha James: You know, it really depends on the book. For a long time I knew I wanted to have a book begin with the line "Be not afraid. Meredith's character was born from there. I've also gained inspiration from movies, in particular Braveheart and Rob Roy. Both made me long to set a book in Scotland. Braveheart is one of my favorite movies. I especially loved the drama and conflict depicted in the movie -- not to mention the fact that Mel Gibson is pretty easy on the eye! One of the things I love about medievals is being able to drop characters into the midst of turmoil and letting them grow and the plot develop from there.
Crescent Blues: How does the book grow from there? Do you write "in a straight line" or do you skip around and restring the scenes later? Samantha James: For the most part, I write "in a straight line" and don't restring scenes later. When I begin, I know what the major scenes will be, the beginning and the end. I'm a slow writer, and I tend to edit as I go along, but I'm always thinking ahead. Very often I know exactly how I want a chapter to end, what words or what particular scene or revelation.
I hesitate to call myself a structured writer, because sometimes my characters do take off on tangents I didn't anticipate. However, I always have little snippets of scenes, descriptions and dialogue that I want included in the story, and occasionally, these do get reworked or moved. Crescent Blues: As a child and as an adult, which fairy tales had the greatest impact on your life?
Do these stories still speak to you the way they did then?
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Samantha James: Without a doubt, "Cinderella" was always my favorite -- in fact, it still is. I love the tried 'n true, classic plot lines, and I've never grown tired of the rags-to-riches theme. In my opinion, the Cinderella theme is one that lends itself very well to historical romance. I used it in Gabriel's Bride , which still remains a reader favorite. Crescent Blues: To date, your historical novels have been single title releases with characters whose "life spans" last exactly one book.
Any chance we will see a series featuring a set of characters related by blood or circumstance anytime soon? Samantha James: Good question! It wasn't something I'd planned, but during the course of writing His Wicked Ways , there was something compelling about Egan. I knew Egan had to have his own book, just as I knew Glenda would be his perfect soulmate. Incidentally, I have done one other set of "connecting" characters. There was a lame little girl named Heather who appeared near the end of my novella "Scandal's Bride" in the anthology Married at Midnight.
Heather has her own story in Every Wish Fulfilled. Crescent Blues: Although most famous for your Regencies and medieval romances, you've also written a western, Outlaw Heart , as Samantha James and contemporaries under your own name Sandra Kleinschmit and as Sandra James. Would you like to revisit either of these genres? If you do, what sort of stories would you like to tell?
Samantha James: Because one never knows when the muse will strike, I certainly wouldn't rule out either genre. I love reading westerns, and I also enjoy reading contemporary stories. At the present, though, I'm perfectly content writing historicals set primarily in England. My very first book was a Bantam Loveswept, so I used my own name for this book. My next sale was to Silhouette Desire, and again I used my real name. About the same time, however, I sold to Harlequin Superromance, and we decided to use the pseudonym Sandra James.
When I made the switch to historical romance, I wanted to use something similar to "Sandra James" in order to alert the readers I'd already garnered in the contemporary market. The name we came up with was Samantha James. What was your first reaction? Samantha James: A woman's work is never done. My husband and I were busy building a deck on our home when my agent phoned with the news. My husband, who never had a doubt, had a bottle of Dom Perignon already chilling in the fridge. Crescent Blues: How did the achievement affect your expectations of your writing? Did it change the expectations of friends, family and colleagues?
Samantha James: My goal remains the same -- to write the best book possible. Making a list isn't going to change that -- it hasn't changed that. Being a sentimental person, my goal is to write books with feeling, books with heart and soul, to elicit emotion from my readers, the same emotions my characters experience, whether it's laughter or tears.
But I guarantee there will always be a happy ending. Above all, it's my goal to generate hope and joy and faith in the power of love and family. Crescent Blues: What is your next writing goal? Any personal or non-writing goals you'd like to share?