Friday 19 August 2011


Samantha Towle is the author of The Bringer which is one of the books featured in the August Giveaway.

What is your name, Where were you born and Where do you live now?
Samantha Towle. I was born in Hull but, I live in Brough now in East Yorkshire.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My book The Bringer is my debut novel. The Bringer's a high voltage romance with tons of love and other emotions poured in. Its not your "average" angel story.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is the book part of a series?
Currently I am editing my new book A Single Bite (though the title may change) and that will be out by the end of this year. Then after that I'll start writing the sequel to The Bringer, which I'm really excited about.

How long have you been writing? Who or what inspired you to write?
I started writing properly early in 2009, so just under 2 years I've been writing. It was my husband who really encouraged me to finally write a novel, so I have him to thank for that. Literary inspiration for me comes from many writers, but i am specifically inspired and awed by Thomas Harris and Charlaine Harris. Music is also an inspiration for me. I can't write without listening to music, a lot of my ideas come from songs.

Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
Yes I have done.

How do you come up with the Titles and Cover Designs for your books? Who designed the cover of your book?
The titles usually just come to me when I come up with the concept for the book. my publisher mostly uses an image website, where he purchases the initial image from and then he works his magic on it. The cover for The Bringer was very straight forward as my publisher and I had separately picked the same image, it was a little spooky to be honest!

Have you ever based characters on people you know or based events on things that have happened to you?
I sometimes use character traits from people I know, but I would never base a character specifically on anyone I know. I don't use any actual events from my life in my book - I write fantasy so it would be pretty hard to!

Which form of book do you prefer, ebook, paperback or hard cover?
I'm a paperback girl at heart, but I have recently got a kindle and I love it!

What is your favourite book and why? Have you read it more than once?
'Red Dragon'  by Thomas Harris. I love that book because it drew me in from the first line and kept me gripped until the very end. It was on my mind days after I read it.Whilst reading I found myself in parts actually feeling sorry for the serial killer,Dolarhyde, and that to me shows the genius of Harris's writing. Yes, I've read it many times!

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is your favourite/worst book to movie transfer? 

Some do, some don't. I think it depends on the screen writer and director. My favourite are the Harry Potter books, they have been adapted very well.

What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?What format is it? (ebook, paperback. hard cover)
I am currently reading The Fairy Circle by Johanna Frappier in ebook on my kindle. I'm loving it! I just wish I had more time to read, as there are so many good books out there.

Is there a book you know you will never read? Or one you have tried to read but just can't finish?
Not that I can think of. I'll give anything a try.I can't stop reading a book no matter how bad it is, I have to give it a chance to get better and of course I have to know the ending!

Are there any new author you are interested in for us to watch for? Why should we watch out for them?
Tons! There are many fabulous writers published with my publisher 'Night Publishing' which are really worth checking out. You can find them all here

Is there anything in your book you would change now if you could and what would it be?
Nothing I can think of! Its out there and I'm happy with it as it is - I just hope the readers like it!

What do you think about book trailers?
I think they're fabulous, but I have absolutely no clue how to do one! I'm totally in awe of my writer friends who create them.

What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Never give up.When you get rejection, don't let it get you down, take on board what they say and keep writing.Also join writer sites, the help and advice I have received on some of these sites has been invaluable.

Do you or would you ever use a pen name?
I don't currently use a pen name,but if I decide in the future to write a different genre then I may consider doing so.

Where can readers follow you?

Twitter  @samtowlewrites

Thank you for taking the time away from your writing to do this interview, allowing us a glimpse of your world of writing.


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