Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Samantha Coville ~ an interview and her novel Blood Island

Samantha Coville

Samantha Coville is an editor and literary critic at her website, Sammy the Bookworm. She's been writing short stories for six years and has appeared in magazines, both in print and online. When she's not doing something book related, she is singing in her church choir or enjoying one of the theme parks in her home state of Florida.

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: I find the best moments happen when the moon is at its peak and I'm half asleep. Television is 200% funnier, the garage is 200% creepier and my story idea make 200% less sense. Thankfully, the next morning I can usually rearrange some plot ideas to make my best work, but it's those mental moments at 2 am that I love.

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: Definitely flowers. When I was seven, I used to live in a small town in Massachusetts and my grandmother had a humongous flower garden. (It'd probably seem a lot smaller if I went back now.) There was a pond just big enough to stick my feet into in the summer and I'd just sit there, engulfed by the hues of pink and purple and yellow.

Q: Snack of choice – chips, pretzels, popcorn, or cookies, cake, candy? Or maybe you’re a healthy snacker - fruit, yogurt, nuts, raisins?
A: My diet tells me I should respond with apples or something along those lines. But who am I kidding? Bring on the pizza flavored Combos and a Pepsi!

Q: How did you come to write your genre of choice?
A: First off, I don't want to just be a genre writer. If I want to write a chick-lit sappy novel, I will. if I want to write a historical novel, I will. But I've found that my favorite ideas so far are in the paranormal/urban fantasy department and I admit that it's one of my strongest suits and the most enjoyable to write.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A: Personally, I think the hardest part is trying to find a balance between cliches and new ideas. It's not my goal to write the same twists and turns and love triangles that are out there in the literary world, but there's a reason they are out there: they work. So it's difficult to write something that's already popular out there and trying to stay fresh.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A: When I started writing Blood Oath, the first book in my Secret of the Halflings series, I told myself one thing: no love triangles. Well, my main character Raya decided she didn't agree and I found myself slowly building a triangle arc. I gave my hand a little slap for that one, but I think my character knew best because it's given an engaging side to the story that I had tried to avoid.

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: Naturally, the third and final book of my Secret of the Halflings series is my first priority. I'm so excited to share this ending; the words are just pouring from my head. (I should probably see a doctor for that.) But I also have another series in the works that I am stoked about, but I want it to be a surprise, so I can't say anything yet!

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it. 
A: Blood Island, my most recent book, came out in February, so it will be a bit before another release happens. But I expect the final Siren novel to be released this year so fingers crossed!

Book Description:
With Elizabeth on the loose and Byron free to roam the halls of headquarters, the Siren community is on edge, waiting for the impending first strike.

And it comes when three Elders are found dead after they go out for their monthly hunt.

Now, for the protection of the soon to be heir to the throne, Raya and her friends are sent to an unmarked island where Sirens walk in the sunlight without fear. It's their island. 

And it might just be the key to a dark plan.

Emma chokes on her own blood, which is quickly pooling in her mouth. Her eyes tear up, the aqua color of her irises amplified by the water that is flooding out. She reaches her hand forward and begs to be saved, for the pain to stop.

Raya tries to go to her and help make the dying process as easy as possible, but she can’t move. Her feet are glued to the floor, unable to take a step. Raya watches as Emma dies yet again in front of her eyes, helpless and clawing at the knife protruding from her tiny body.

Raya screams out in anguish and tries to end the dream before it progresses to what she knows is coming next, but it’s hopeless. Everything swirls, as if in a whirlpool out at sea, and Raya now sits on a throne amidst a crowd of Sirens who bow before her.

Isaac, Drew, Tiana, Kat and Jameson are chained to the spotless gold floor, Siren guards holding them up. Raya looks to her left and right and sees Elizabeth and Byron smiling like proud parents. He waves his hand to gesture to the guards to continue.

With swift movements, Raya watches as her friends’ necks are all snapped. They fall limp onto the floor, their eyes showing no signs of life. She screams and begs and cries, but the dream continues anyway.

Everything swirls again, but, this time, the whirlpool does not cease its motion. Raya kicks against the current of the water, but it pulls her farther down. Her lungs burn and the world becomes darker and darker as she goes deeper and deeper.

The ocean is cold against her skin and suddenly she can’t hold her breath any longer. The ice fills her chest rapidly as she drowns. As her vision blurs, she goes limp. There is nothing left within her to fight the inevitable. This is what happens every night. It doesn’t matter what she tells herself before bed; no pep talk will help. She will always drown in the end.

Raya’s eyes shot open and she gasped for breath, happy to feel that her lungs were not heavy with salt water. She relaxed after a few more inhales and felt the sweat roll down her forehead.

She calmed down the racing pace of her heart and slowly fell into a dreamless sleep. Morning was only a few hours away and then she would be on a boat to Haimos. Maybe the island air would finally quiet the dying screams in her head.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: I'd love to connect with you, so you can check out my website at and also my Facebook,, and my Twitter, @SammyCoville. I'd also enjoy hearing from you; feel free to email me at!

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: I'm currently touring with Red Moon Book Tours and the remaining tour stops are:
March 6th ~
March 9th ~
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