Monday 29 April 2013

Interview: Samantha Summers author of the Project Five Fifteen series - BLOG TOUR

Today I have a fabulous interview with Samantha Summers, the author of the Project Five Fifteen series.

Title: First Flight
Series: Project Five Fifteen #1
Author: Samantha Summers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 12th May 2012
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Thriller

A government experiment. Sixteen teenage boys on the run. An innocent young girl caught in the middle. When Ronnie Rose meets the handsome and alluring Kalen Smith, she can tell there's something he's hiding - something dangerous. But in trying to uncover his secret, Ronnie is plunged into a terrifying world she isn't prepared for... and the consequences could be deadly. Can we choose who we fall in love with?

First Flight

Title: As You Were
Series: Project Five Fifteen #2
Author: Samantha Summers
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 14th December 2012
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Thriller

For every choice, there is a consequence.

Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible.

It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most.

As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made…

As You Were


Can you please tell us a little about yourself with 5 fun facts?
  1. I hate spiders, they are wrong on many levels 
  2. I love red wine 
  3. I wish I could eat nothing but ice cream for ever 
  4. I like watching bats flying around in the park at night 
  5. When I was a kid I had an imaginary pet unicorn… :/ 

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer and what was the very first thing you ever wrote?
I've always loved writing and telling stories, but the first thing I wrote of any substance was a novel called Finding Cassandra Lane in my early twenties. I didn't try to publish it, but it’s on my bookshelf!

How do you come up with your characters? Are they based on real people’s characteristics
I definitely draw on personal experience and people I've met/know as I find it makes my characters relatable, but none are based solely on any one person!

Who designed your book covers and why did you choose that particular design?
My book covers are designed by me… design is the “other” thing I do when I'm not writing.

In one sentence, can you tell the readers why they should read your series? 
Hmmm… Kick ass teenage assassins, explosives and a sweet love story.

Do you have a favourite non-spoilery scene or quote from First Light? 
I have a few! Here’s a scene that always makes me smile:

The pilot hoisted himself into the plane after that, with a fleeting look in my direction. Kalen stepped over to a big piece of material on the floor. A parachute. It looked more like a shiny bed sheet.

‘Don’t we need two of these?’ I asked nervously. Noticing I was twisting the end of my hair, I quickly shoved my hands in the pockets of my jeans.

‘You want to jump on your own?’ he looked up at me with a quizzical expression from his crouched position.

‘Of course not. I’m not even sure I want to jump.’

‘That’s okay,’ he chuckled, ‘I’ll jump and you’ll be attached to me so it’s all good.’

‘But what I mean is, don’t we need to be strapped to people who do this all the time?’

‘Yep, you’re looking at him.’

What’s one piece of technology you cannot live without? 
My MacBook Pro

When you are writing, do you have a set routine that gets you started or just go with the flow? 
I don’t have routines with anything I do. Organisation is not my strong suit! I go off on tangents, so I tend to let my emotions guide the scene I choose to write that day.

Tea, coffee or hot chocolate? Tea!
Sweet or savoury? Sweet
Cats or dogs? Dogs
Day or night? Night
eBooks or paperbacks? Paperbacks
Favourite all time book? Tough one, but probably Pride & Prejudice (and secretly The Beach, by Alex Garland)

Thank you for stopping by today Samantha.

About the Author

Born in London, an only child with an overactive imagination, Sam spent much of her childhood telling ghost stories to her younger cousins and dreaming about far away places. She graduated university with a BA in marketing, but it wasn't long before her passion for storytelling and travel got the better of her. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where you'll probably find her hidden away in the corner of a park somewhere - writing, reading, dreaming or watching movies on her iPad. She loves everything spy and assassin and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, mainly Darth Vader.


Two (2) winners
Each to receive copies of both First Light and As You Were PLUS a Project Five Fifteen t-shirt

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  1. So first, I agree. Spiders are all kinds of evil. I've never been a huge fan, but last year I was bitten by one and swelled up all over. After that spiders just jumped to a whole new level of creepy for me. Second, Pride and Prejudice is also my favorite! I'll take Mr. Darcy anyday :)

    And finally, these books sound really good! Teen assassins and explosions?! Yes please!

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

  2. Hah I love the one light "about" question. Who can't go for teenage assassins? Or any assassins! ;) Great interview, ladies! :)