A Day in the Life of Author Samantha Grace

A Day in the Life of Author Samantha Grace

I’m not sure what I pictured life would be like once I became a published author. Maybe a cross between Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City. Obviously, I didn’t expect to jet off to New York once a week for lunch with my wonderful editor. We don’t even speak on the phone that often. I mean, I could call her weekly, but eventually she might stop taking my calls. There’s too much for both of us to do for weekly chats.

Unlike Carrie, I rarely hobnob with big names at fancy parties. Okay. I never hobnob with ANYONE at fancy parties, but I did go to dinner with some of my favorite authors at the RT Booklovers Convention. (Sabrina Jeffries, Claudia Dain, Ava Stone, Deb Marlowe, Heather Snow, Erin Knightley, Catherine Gayle, Julie Johnstone, Jane Charles) And I chatted with Grace Burrows who then introduced me to Mary Balogh. Yes, THE Mary Balogh! I even passed Jane Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick in the hallway. Some day I’ll get up the nerve to say hello. Maybe. I’ll probably faint if I ever cross paths with Johanna Lindsey. We all have our idols!

I did NOT expect when I became a writer to be mixed up with the Colombia drug cartel like Joan Wilder, for which I’m eternally grateful. Plus, I already have my real-life hero, so no need to go searching the jungles for Mr. Right. But how cool would it be to knock on a door in a foreign country and find out the person living there knows me and has my book? Seriously, those moments when I receive an email or Facebook message saying someone has read one of my books and loved it are amazing. I feel like I’m walking on clouds the whole day. No! Dancing on clouds! But then it’s back to the real world eventually and I don’t mind.

In addition to being an author, I’m a wife and mom like a lot of women. I also work outside of the home three days a week, so there are many days I’m juggling my employer’s demands while fielding calls from one of my kids who has forgotten something they need at school. Today, however, is a writing day and here’s how it looks:

6:15 am (Okay, I hit snooze so it was closer to 6:30) – Wake up to get high school boy off to school

6:30ish to 7:00 am – Drink my coffee while checking email, Facebook, & Twitter

7:00 am – Get youngest up to get ready for school

7:05 to 9:45 am – Sporadically answer emails, send youngest off to school, realize Mother’s Day is only three days away, PANIC, scour the internet for a florist in my mother’s town to deliver flowers, look up her business address (Why don’t I ever write it down???), promote an interview with my hero (Luke Forest, Duke of Foxhaven) and respond to comments, look up natural remedies for headaches, promote the blog post for my writers’ blog (Lady Scribes), get harangued by fellow author and great friend Olivia Kelly for not getting around to doing something I’m supposed to do, race to the phone only to see it’s a telemarketer, acknowledge I’m starving, ransack the pantry and refrigerator, mildly curse, resolve to get groceries today, settle on a baked potato for breakfast (I’m Irish, it’s okay. I’d totally gnaw on some cabbage too if I had any.), sit down to write this embarrassing exposé blog…

10:43 am – It’s time to shower. Yes, I’m still in my pjs. No judging. (LOL)

Next it will be off to the grocery store and post office. Hopefully I’ll fit some writing in this afternoon before it’s time for the youngest to be home. Then I’ll have to pick up our son from track practice and the madness begins with dinner prep, clean up, homework, bath time for our daughter and detangling her long curls… Tomorrow I work my day job, so it will feel like a vacation. (wink)

My book characters have much more interesting lives, but I wouldn’t trade what I have to live their lives. I might, however, switch places for a day.

If you could switch places with anyone for a day (real or fictional), who would you pick?

5_13 samantha grace coverTHE NAKED TRUTH

Lady Vivian Worth knows perfectly well how to behave like a lady. But observing proper manners when no one is around to impress is just silly. Why shouldn’t she strip down to her chemise for a swim? When her betrothed arrives to finally meet her, Vivi will act every inch the lady—demure, polite, compliant. Everything her brother has promised the man. But until then, she’s going to enjoy her freedom…

A REVEALING DISCOVERY

Luke Forest, the newly named Duke of Foxhaven, wants nothing to do with his inheritance—or the bride who comes with it. He wants adventure and excitement, like the enchanting water nymph he’s just stumbled across. When he discovers the skinny-dipping minx is his intended, he reconsiders his plan to find Lady Vivian another husband. Because the idea of this vivacious woman in the arms of another man might be enough to drive him insane—or to the altar.

 

Author Bio: Samantha Grace is the author of several Regency romance novels. Lady Vivian Defies a Duke is the final installment of her Beau Monde Bachelor series. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. She writes what she enjoys reading: romantic comedies about family, friendship, and flawed characters who learn how to love deeply.

Samantha is a part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and full time wife and mom. She enjoys life in the Midwest with her husband, two witty kids, and a multitude of characters that spring from her imagination.

To Connect with Samantha, you can find her at:

Samantha Grace Author | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Lady Scribes

 

Comments

  1. Loved the post! I tweeted.

  2. A big thank you to LASR for having me here today! And one minor correction. I should have said I have Irish ancestors. I’m actually from the US. 🙂

  3. Barbara Elness says:

    I’m not sure who I’d want to swap with for a day, but it would probably be a historical lady and her day would consist of having visitors, taking tea, and attending a wonderful ball. I think that would be a lot of fun.

  4. Great post Samantha! I can so relate! Except i don’t ever drink my coffee at home before I leave for work.
    And I am having a tee-shirt made that says.
    “In My Next Life, I’m Going to Be a Duchess.”
    Sigh…

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