Monday, 3 September 2012

Interview & G!veaway - First Light (Project Five Fifteen) by Samantha Summers

I am so pleased to have the wonderfully talented Samantha Summers on my blog today for an interview and a giveaway of 2 eBook copies of her debut YA Romantic Thriller, First Light.

First Light was released on the 28th May and is the first book in the Project Five Fifteen series.

First Light (Project Five Fifteen #1)Author: Samantha Summers
Series: Project Five Fifteen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 342
Publisher: Publicious Self-Publishing

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

What do you do when you've always dreamed of a hero; your knight in shining armour, only to find when he arrives he isn't a hero at all? ... He's a killer.

Ronnie Rose is trying to cope with the loss of her father; now it looks like she might lose everything else that's dear to her too. Huge debts threaten to destroy her family, her childhood home and her future. Only one person cuts through her pain. Kalen Smith has just moved to town. He's trouble and everyone knows it. He and his mysterious friends keep to themselves and the town likes it that way. But when Kalen mourns at her dad's funeral, Ronnie wants to know why and her investigation plunges her into a dangerous world of murky government secrets, with deadly consequences. Ronnie knows she should walk away from Kalen before it's too late. Problem is, she's falling for him...

Can we choose who we fall in love with?


Welcome to Obsession with Books Samantha, Are you able to tell us a little about your book First Light and yourself?

Thanks so much for having me!

First Light is a YA romantic thriller and book one in the Project Five Fifteen series about a group of teenage assassins and the girl who falls for one of them.

As for me – I love to travel, I love to write and when I can manage to do both at the same time I’m very happy. :)

Can you tell us a bit about your Project Five Fifteen series and how many books you have planned for it?

The Project Five Fifteen series is about a group of boys trying to escape their dark past. They have resigned themselves to living life on the run, never caring about anyone or anything, but then Kalen meets Ronnie and things begin to change for all of them.

Where did the inspiration for your series come from?

It's hard to pinpoint. I've always been a fan of characters such as Jason Bourne and had been thinking about the story I wanted to tell for a while, but I started writing it one day after watching a YouTube clip of a team of Free Runners. They’re mind blowing.

When and why did you begin writing?

I've always loved telling stories, but I started writing right after I lost someone very close to me. I was seventeen and all over the place emotionally. Writing was a great outlet.

What is your ideal day as an author?

Rainy days. When I don’t feel guilty for locking myself away in a room and writing all day long. I love the sound of heavy rain against the window.

Do you mind telling us how long it took for you to write First Light?

About three years from start to finish, while juggling my day job. Wow that sounds like ages – it feels like a lot less.

Is there anything about you that would surprise your readers? Any quirks, habits, routines etc.

Hmmm not sure. I spend a lot of time drawing my characters, as it helps clear my head when things get a little fuzzy.

Are you able to describe what your writing process is like?

I don’t have much of a process. I have my characters in my head and a very rough outline of plot, but that’s as far as the organisation goes. Ideally I like to find corners to hide away in and write, usually with Radiohead, Black Lab or Dead Letter Circus blasting through my headphones. I’ve been told I’m like a cat, because I find really small nooks to curl up in. I don’t think cats tend to write as much as I do though.

Are there any books or authors that have most influenced you?

Point Horror books got me hooked on reading from a really young age: R.L Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Christopher Pike... they were so much fun! In terms of influences, Stephen King always floors me – he’s the ultimate storyteller.

Is there are book you are reading at the moment? And do you tend to favor a particular genre?

I like most genres, but paranormal is always a front-runner. Right now I'm trying to get As You Were finished, which doesn't leave me as much time as I'd like to read. I have a huge TBR list.

If First Light were to be made into a movie, who would you chose to play the roles of your main characters?

That would be an awesome dilemma to have! I’m really not sure. Maybe a Chace Crawford/Hayden Christensen vibe for Kalen – Chace definitely has eyebrows worthy of a Kalen scowl! Sadly, they'd probably both be a bit old for my movie now ;)

What is up next for you?

I'm hoping to have As You Were ready before the end of the year and I'm also writing Becoming. I'm really excited about both of them.

Quick Questions:

Fave band / television series / movie? These are impossible questions! I'll go with: Radiohead/True Blood/Star Wars (all six of them)

Coffee or tea? Tea!

E-reader or hardcopy? Hardcopy.

Cats or Dogs? Both.

Ideal travel destination? Anywhere I haven't been before.

Thank-you so much Samantha for taking time to talk to us today!


Author, Samantha Summers has kindly offered two (2) very lucky followers a chance to win an ebook copy of her novel, First Light.

The lucky winner will be randomly selected through and announced on Monday 17th September.

This giveaway is open to everyone.

GOOD LUCK!! and thanks again to Samantha.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this and introducing us to the author.

  2. Thanks for introducing us to another author.

  3. Yay! I won *happy dancing :D
    Thanks, Sharon :)


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