Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Second Time Around: Samantha March

To say I'm excited to have Samantha March here, chatting about her second novel, The Green Ticket, is a major understatement. Not only is Samantha an amazing author (her first novel, Destined to Fail, is a must read), but she is also the founder of Chick Lit Plus, a very popular book blog that offers reviews, celebrity gossip, fashion, health and fitness tips. Samantha ran my first ever blog tour for Finding Lucas, and I highly recommend CLP Blog Tours if you're looking for great exposure for your novel. Oh yeah, she's also an editor and runs the publishing company, Marching Ink, which released Cat Lavoie's fantastic novel, Breaking the Rules. Samantha is also one of the kindest people I know. Thank you, Samantha, for joining us!

I was so excited to write my second novel, The Green Ticket. It was such a different story from my debut, Destined to Fail, and I went about everything in different style, which just simply made for a unique experience. With my first book, I really just wrote as things came to me. I didn’t have a real specific plot plan or even solid characters carved out. How did that treat me? It was…interesting. I rewrote the book three times – and I don’t mean changing a scene or two here, I mean literally rewriting the majority of the book, adding in plot points, deleting and adding characters, the works. It was fairly exhausting, but worth it in the end to me.

With The Green Ticket, I didn’t want to do all that re-writing again but…so I had everything planned out. Plot, characters; I was ready to go. I wrote the book and it didn’t take me nearly as long as Destined but when I was reading through the first draft, something just felt…off. Dani and Allie’s characters seemed to be missing something, lacking something. So what did I do? Did a major rewrite! I remember laughing (manically, while throwing papers in the air) because I thought I did such a good job with my planning and plotting and structure, but it just goes to show – you can plot out the best you book you can think of on paper, but when you get to the reading part of the story, you might find a lot of changes to make the book even better. In the end, I’m much happier with Dani and Allie, and all my Green Ticket friends.

A lot of other things came easier to me the second time around – I had a better idea of what I wanted my cover to look like, I already knew which vendors I wanted to go with when it came to publishing my novel, and I had a good marketing plan in mind, much better than my first time around. I am not in throes of planning out my third novel, and I am so exciting to get cracking on that book!
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her.
While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself ­­–– is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two.
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  1. Great post, ladies! (Thanks for the shout-out, Samantha!) I'm really looking forward to reading The Green Ticket!:)

  2. I loved this! I'm reading THE GREEN TICKET now and am loving it! Also, I highly recommend the CLP blog tours! They are so much fun!

  3. Great post. I tried to be more organized with my 2nd book too - and, yet, it's already taken me longer to write than the first one and it's still not done! Sometimes the plots/characters develop minds of their own! :)

    Sounds like a great story.

  4. Fabulous post, ladies! The Green Ticket sounds amazing. And Samantha, I feel your pain. I've tried to plot ahead, but it's never worked. I think the whole plotter/pantser thing is probably ingrained in each of us. Sadly.