Saturday, October 26, 2013

Would You Rather... with Samantha Stroh Bailey

Please welcome Samantha Stroh Bailey, author of Finding Lucas.

Samantha Stroh Bailey is a mom, author, journalist and professional writer/editor with her business, Perfect Pen Communications. She was a Kobo Writing Life writer-in-residence at BEA 2013 and is the co-founder of “Book Buzz,” a promotional author event held in New York City and soon, Toronto. She has a Master of Education that looks great on her wall (okay, in a box in her basement), and when not writing, she can be found curled up on her couch reading until the wee hours. Finding Lucas is her first novel.

Join Samantha on November 7th for BookBuzz Toronto where she will join ten other fabulous authors for bookish mix and mingle.

Would you Rather... with Samantha Stroh Bailey

Chips, chocolate or cheese? 

Can I choose chips and cheese? This might be disgusting, but I like to put slices of cheese on chips and shove them in my mouth.

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw? 

Oh, this is a hard one! I love them all, but I’d have to say Carrie Bradshaw because I often get mistaken for Sarah Jessica Parker because of my hair and height. And tapping away on a laptop in a NYC walk up is the epitome of being an author to me. I loved her friendships, flaws and fantastic clothes, and I could watch every episode of Sex and the City repeatedly.

Wine, beer or vodka?

Vodka! With a spritzy, fruity mixture added.

Camping or spa vacation?

If I wanted to sound cool, I’d say camping. And though I love the outdoors, a spa sounds so good right about now. Total relaxation, massages and nothing to do but be pampered. If I have my BFF with me, even better!

Water or mountains?

Mountains. I love hiking, and though I enjoy looking at water and being near it, I’m not the best swimmer in the world.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee, coffee, coffee. It is rare to find me without a cup of coffee plastered to my lips.

Dogs or cats?

Definitely dogs. I’m severely allergic to cats, and they know it so they like to follow and taunt me.

Dine out or take away?

Ooh, it depends. I adore being in my comfy clothes and inhaling some great Indian, Thai or Italian food. But, I also love going out for dinner, having someone else serve me (and the kids!) and laughing with my nearest and dearest.

High heels, sneakers and flip flops?

I’m barely five feet tall so I should be wearing heels more often. And until I had kids, I don’t think I ever wore sneakers or flip flops unless I was going on a long walk. But, now, two kids later, I am always in sneakers and flip flops. Damn, where did my purple Converse go?

Paperback or hardcover?

I will always love my paperbacks and one of the best days of my life was seeing Finding Lucas in print. But, being able to take a book in my purse and not lean to one side because of the weight is amazing. And, I love buying books immediately from my Kindle. Expensive and addictive, but so fun!

Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick? 

Lipstick. I have tried almost every gloss on the market, and they all disappear from my lips and into strands of my hair within seconds of putting them on.

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants? 

I am such a pantser. I always get my plot ideas late at night and then the second I can, I run to my laptop and start typing. I let my fingers fly until I can’t write any longer and then go back and develop.

Can you ever really go back to the past?

After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad-boy-turned-metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She's had enough of his sneering disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago's sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas, her first love and the boy she'd lost ten years earlier. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, Jamie goes on a hilarious, disastrous and life changing hunt to track Lucas down. But are some loves best left behind?

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  1. So fun! Can't wait to meet you soon Sam :)...and you too Lydia!!

  2. Great interview. I adore Sam and love, love, love Finding Lucas! I'm eagerly awaiting her next book!

  3. Can't wait to meet you too, Sam!
    And I agree - can't wait for her next!

  4. I've purple Converse too :D
    Ladies you're so much fun! Love you all :)



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