Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome Samantha Young, author of the On Dublin Street series.
FVBR: Hi Samantha, welcome to Fiction Vixen. We are all fans and we are very excited to talk with you today. On Dublin Street made our “Best of 2012″ lists last year.
SY: Thanks for having me!
FVBR: Congratulations on the success of On Dublin Street. Do you feel your success with On Dublin Street has had an effect – positive or negative – on you as a writer?
SY: Thank you. I do think it has had a positive effect on me as a writer because it’s given me more confidence in this genre. Adult fiction and contemporary romance were brand new genres for me so it was nerve-wracking when I first released On Dublin Street because I didn’t know how it would be received. Readers’ response has been amazing and if it’s possible, their response has made me even more driven as an author. When I’m not working I’m thinking about working, lol. The only downside—not really a negative—is that I’m so much busier now and find it harder to reply to every email, and every comment, like I did before. I do miss not having the time to be as involved in social media with readers as I used to be, however, my head is usually buried in my next story and I think they prefer to hear from my characters… so it’s all cool.
FVBR: Did you ever imagine that so many people would fall helplessly in love with Braden after he arrived in On Dublin Street and how readers would demand more from you in the adult genre? Was it exciting, terrifying or both?
SY: It was a little of both. I honestly didn’t expect the reaction to Braden but I love it! It’s so exciting. It puts the pressure on to make sure my next hero will have readers falling for him too, but I’m up for that challenge.
FVBR: You originally self-published On Dublin Street. What are the benefits/ limitations with going with a major publishing house vs. self-publishing?
SY: For me the limitations with going with a major publishing house are of course the loss of control over… almost everything. As a self-published author you control your cover art, your release date, your distribution, and of course you receive higher royalties in self-publishing. However, On Dublin Street was an anomaly for me. As an indie I just couldn’t keep up with its potential—Penguin could distribute the paperback in stores I couldn’t and the deal made financial sense too. I love working with my editor, we share a similar vision so that’s wonderful, and it’s great having the copyeditors there to keep me right. The books are just so polished. I have a really great relationship with Penguin and I have to say it’s nice to not be carrying the weight of the whole series on my shoulders. They arrange all the review copies, interviews, marketing, advertising and promotion, and although I’m kept busy, it’s nice to take a step back from the actual organization of it all!
FVBR: Would you please give us a brief introduction to the characters of Down London Road?
SY: Johanna Walker is a young woman whose loyalty and responsibility to her little brother shapes her actions and decisions, particularly when it comes to who she dates—men who will provide her and her brother with financial security. Cameron MacCabe is a broody but down-to-earth bartender that, once he sees past her façade, tries to convince Jo that there’s so much more to her than a pretty face…
FVBR: Joss from On Dublin Street shouldered a heavy load of issues with trust, loss, intimacy etc. that greatly impacted her ability to love and receive love. Will we see similar issues with the heroine, Johanna, in Down London Road or will she have other obstacles to overcome in finding love with Cameron?
SY: Although Jo does have her own scarred history and issues that Cam helps her through, it’s really outside elements that prove to be the obstacles in her and Cam’s way…
FVBR: Of all the characters you have written, do you have a favorite and why?
SY: Jo! Definitely Jo. She totally took me by surprise. I knew she would be a challenge because she’s unlike any heroine I’ve written before but as she developed over the course of the book she became one of the most likeable, I think, of all my characters. I’m really proud of Jo and how she progressed in DLR.
FVBR: What does your bookshelf look like? Is it filled with romance or do you have eclectic tastes in reading?
SY: My bookshelf is a mix of young adult urban fantasy and dystopian, adult pnr, fantasy, gothic, some contemporary, some sci-fi, a few classics, and a bunch of history books.
FVBR: What book on your bookshelf would your fans be most surprised to see there?
SY: Maybe my Orson Scott Card books. I doubt they thing “sci-fi” when they think of me lol.
FVBR: After Down London Road what’s up next? Any projects already in the works?
SY: I’m working on the third book in the On Dublin Street series at the moment, but I may also have a secret project waiting in the wings…
FVBR: That’s very exciting. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for your fans. Thank you talking with us today!
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: