Author Spotlight – Samantha Hicks
Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Samantha Hicks (Affinity Rainbow Publications)
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Samantha Hick’s books:
Samantha Hicks is releasing her first lesfic romance as I write this. Congratulations! This is a fine start to her writing career, and I am sure we will be reading more of her romances in the future.
As one of Europe’s newest lesfic authors, Samantha typifies everything that ELLCon is about. We aim to encourage would-be and new authors, in particular, giving them a support network of other authors, and exposure to new readers. We all wish her the best of luck on her writer journey.
We spoke to Samantha Hicks about her books and her writing plans for the future.
(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book.
The only thing that immediately comes to mind is the location where it takes place. It’s set in Bristol, in the UK and not only is that where I was born and raised and still live, it is also the location of the first ELLCon, which for me is pretty special.
Trusting Hearts is my debut release and to be able to attend the con in my hometown is rather amazing.
(b) What got you into writing?
I have always been a creative person-whether it be playing piano and guitar, drawing, or making up stories in my mind. I can remember writing my first short story when I was about eleven called The Mistaken Inspector, and it was awful, but telling stories to myself as I tried to sleep has always been something I have done.
Over the years I have tried to write a full-length novel but always lost interest after the initial flurry of pages. It wasn’t until my sister loaned me a few of her lesfic books that I got the bug for reading the genre and wanted to have a go at writing one myself. Since then I have written three novels and a few short stories. Trusting Hearts was the first book I thought worthy of submitting and am thrilled Affinity picked it up for publication.
(c) Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I would say my writing style is Planster- a hybrid of plotter and panster. I usually outline the basic plot points of the story and then start writing scenes in order. If the story deviates from the original outline I don’t worry, I continue going with the flow until it naturally gravitates back to the outline. This can sometimes be a headache when I realise my story has gone completely off track and I spend weeks trying to figure out how to get back to the original idea.
I follow my gut and try not to be too rigid with it, though. The story is already known in my head so all I have to do is follow where the characters want to go. I’ll know when the story is worth writing when I can jot down at least twenty plot points easily and it flows. If a story struggles to come to light, and it’s not something that clicks within me quickly, I move on to the characters that are ready to be written about.
(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
I guess the only thing I would have done differently would be to believe in myself more. Like a lot of writers I struggle with self-doubt and I would tell myself not to worry about the what-ifs and enjoy the ride. I’ve loved every minute of the publication process, and the team at Affinity Rainbow Publications have been amazing to work with and made me feel like part of the family.
(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?
I’m currently working on a new novel, and I hope to finish the first draft within the next few weeks. I also have a completed manuscript which needs another edit and will hopefully be sent to my publisher soon. For now I’m enjoying the excitement of having Trusting Hearts released and connecting with other readers and writers.
VALDEN’s REVIEW OF TRUSTING HEARTS
If you like office romances with tons of angst, then this book is for you! Carrie is a senior partner in an advertising agency and has just recovered from losing a large contract; it was stolen from under her nose by an executive from a rival company. She is told by her boss that she must show a new hire around, and on the day, she finds it is Holly, the woman that stole the contract.
There are lots of bitter conversations and lots of sparks and tension. Add to this, a sexual attraction which does not go away, and the women find they are in a cauldron of emotions, all the while having to work together. Samantha writes these emotions well, and you find yourself understanding each of the women and their opposing points of view. So how will it turn out? You have to read it to find out!