~ SAMANTHA YOUNG ~
Hi Samantha! Welcome to UTC! We are so thrilled to have you today! For readers who are new to your work, can you please tell us who is Samantha Young? Tell us five interesting things about yourself that readers wouldn’t know about you!
Hello! Thank you for having me.
Five interesting things… well I can tell you five things that readers wouldn’t know but I don’t know how interesting they are, lol.
1- I used to be a martial artist when I was very young and even though the most lethal weapon in my repertoire now is my words I still think I’m a ninja. It might get me in trouble one day.
2 – I have a tattoo on my lower back that is the character for the word “Samurai” (I can’t make up my mind whether I’m a ninja or a Samurai…). I had that tattooed on my back as a reminder that when life throws a battle or two my way I have to live it as a survivor and a warrior.
3 – The four films I’ve probably watched more than any others are Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightly version), The Fifth Element, Good Will Hunting, and The Bourne Identity.
4 – My first car was called Charlie. He almost killed me. Several times actually. Ah… good times.
5 – My number one destination is Boston in the U.S. One day I’ll get there! One day…
Your On Dublin Street series has made a lot of noise and is receiving a lot of praise! Congrats! Where did the idea of this series come from?
Thank you! I’m so overwhelmed by the response to ON DUBLIN STREET and thrilled that so many readers are enjoying the story. In deciding to try my hand at adult contemporary romance I knew I wanted to reach readers on an emotional level which meant writing what I knew. I did this by not only setting the series in Edinburgh a city I know well but by creating the character of Joss – a heroine who is an amalgamation of me and my friends and family and all of our experiences. From Joss, came Braden—he was created to embody what she needed from a hero. He’s also very much a typical blunt, cocky, straight-talking Scotsman. The story developed naturally from these three elements.
Braden Carmichael is every woman’s fantasy! What do you think it is about Braden that makes him so desirable to readers and Joss in particular?
Braden is desirable to Joss because he’s the first man to question her, to surprise her and the first man who hasn’t been cowed by her sometimes sharp tongue. She enjoys his confidence, and because she’s a character who is so much in control of her emotions and actions, it’s actually a relief to her not to be in control around Braden. It’s exhausting and he takes that away by refusing to allow her to make all the rules. She also secretly loves his dirty mouth. As for readers I think they’re probably not only attracted to all those things too—his confidence, his wit, his charm, his dirty talk—but also by how perceptive Braden is. He’s a very perceptive hero, who puts the pieces of Joss’s past together and understands what drives her. When she pushes him away he understands why, and because he cares about her, it makes him even more persistent. A perceptive and persistent hero… mmm… yes please. Did I mention I have a whopping big crush on Braden myself?
In the sequel to ON DUBLIN STREET, called DOWN LONDON ROAD, you pair up Johanna Walker and Cameron McCabe. In your opinion, what makes them a perfect pair?
Jo and Cam are perfect for one another because they each give the other something no one else ever has before. For Jo, Cam is the first man in her life to believe in her and ask her to believe in herself. He pushes her to see that there is so much more to her than a pretty face. For Cam… well I don’t want to say too much without giving away plot points but let’s just say he’s a hero who has been waiting for a woman with a quiet strength and loyalty he didn’t think existed until now…
I have fallen in love with your heroes. What quality would you say every hero should have?
Every hero should be able to make his heroine laugh.
Your books are set in Edinburgh, Scotland. Could you share with us some pictures demonstrating why you decided to set your books in this place?
Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities. It’s a wonderful combination of modern meets medieval. The best part is Edinburgh Castle. It towers over New Town on volcanic rock and it really does look as if some wizard has travelled back in time and picked it up and brought it back to present day.
What has been the hardest scene to write in this series and why?
There’s a scene toward the end of DOWN LONDON ROAD with Jo and a character from her past that I found difficult to write because it’s a gritty scene. I wanted to make it as authentic as possible so readers would feel as if they were right there with Jo.
Would you say your heroines are a bit like yourself?
I’d definitely say that Joss has elements of me in her but Jo is such a different character from any I’ve written before. When I started out writing her I was a little anxious about the challenge she presented, but by the end I adored Jo. I’m really proud of her. Jo is immensely likeable and I think readers who met her in ON DUBLIN STREET will be pleasantly surprised by her.
You have some steamy scenes in DOWN LONDON ROAD *fans self*. For new readers, how would you describe your steam factor?
I’d describe my steam factor as HOT. I do write detailed sex scenes but I’m conscious of keeping them tasteful and it’s important that each one isn’t gratuitous and actually adds something to the development of the plot and the characters’ relationships. I think what makes my steam factor HOT is how emotionally charged the sex scenes are.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the third book in the ON DUBLIN STREET series. It’s so much fun being back with the gang from Edinburgh!
Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control….
It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.
But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.
Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland. Visit her online at: