Please join me in welcoming debut author Samantha Joyce to Parajunkee’s View! Ms. Joyce’s book, Flirting with Fame, is out today and she graciously agreed to answer a few questions…AND we have an e-book copy of Flirting with Fame to give away!
First, thank you for stopping by Parajunkee’s View and answering our questions! Congratulations on your book – the premise grabbed my attention and I can’t wait to read it.
What was the most difficult or most fun scene for you to write?
The scene I had the most fun writing was the scene where Gavin surprises Elise by showing up in her American Lit class. That scene actually wasn’t in the first draft, but it sprung up one day, and now I just adore it. I love that it’s really the first time Elise gets to see Gavin out of his element (A TV set, being surrounded by fans/paparazzi) and in her element (books and words). I love their chemistry in that scene, and Gavin’s nerves at the chance to meet his own celebrity idol (Elise’s famous author professor).
Did you have a favorite character to write while you were working on Flirting with Fame?
Besides Elise, Clint was definitely a favorite. I’m not sure where he came from—this cowboy who’s not really a cowboy—but he’s adorable, and he challenges Elise in so many ways. I also LOVED writing Jin. He’s just so much fun, and as a theater performer myself, he’s close to my heart.
Where were you when you got the call that your book had been picked up by a publisher?
I was actually at work, and it was the one time I didn’t have my phone with me! On my break, I saw I’d missed a call from my agent and freaked out. I knew we were on sub, so she could only be calling with news about that. I flew outside and called her with shaking fingers. Then I screamed and danced around a lot. I’m pretty sure people thought I was nuts.
What’s the weirdest thing in your computer search history?
Haha! What a fun question to ask a writer. We look up some weird stuff.
I’m currently researching a YA I’m drafting, and it’s ended with some strange searches like, “how to pick a lock”, “how to hypnotize a person with just your eyes” and “how much is a stolen Rolex worth?” I expect the police to be banging down my door any day now!
If you could have any author (living or dead) blurb your book, who would it be and what would they say?
Oh gosh, that’s tough! There are so many authors I love. But I’m currently obsessed with Rainbow Rowell, and I used Fangirl as my comparison when we were pitching it, so she’d be a dream come true. And mostly I’d just hope she liked it.
Anything else you want to add, mention, or promote?
I just want to thank you for having me! I had a blast!
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Flirting with Fame by Samantha JoyceSeries: Flirting with Fame #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.
After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.
It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?
Samantha has wanted to be an author since she picked up her first book and realized authors get to create new worlds with just a pen and paper (or laptop, if you will). She loves to write about romance because, as someone who married her high school sweetheart, she absolutely believes in true love. She also loves making people laugh and feels love and laughter go hand in hand. If she can make someone both swoon and giggle with her words, she considers that a success. When not writing or at her day job, Samantha can be found either singing and dancing on stage in local musicals, or at home watching geeky television shows with her husband and their pet rabbit. Website Twitter Facebook