The Last Word will be in stores tomorrow, and I am so excited for debut author Samantha Hastings! To celebrate, Samantha is stopping by the blog today to answer some questions and recommend some historical romances!
Q&A with Samantha Hastings
Tell us a little bit about the book—describe The Last Word in five words:
Banter, Romance, Feminism, Mystery, History
The Last Word is set in Victorian London. What kind of research was involved in writing this time period?
My bachelor’s degree is in History. My focus was British history, specifically the 19th century. My first master’s degree was an interdisciplinary program between the history and English departments from the University of Reading in England. So, I have been interested in the Victorian time period for a long time. In addition to my educational background, I research for each book that I write by checking out lots of books from the library. There is always something new and interesting to learn about a time period. While researching for THE LAST WORD, I came across and event that I’d never heard of before…it’s now a part of the book (no spoilers). You’ll know what it is when you read it.
In The Last Word, Lucinda tries to track down the ending of her favorite series after the author dies. What series would you travel across the country for to find its rightful ending?
The Agency by Y. S. Lee. I adored Mary Quinn from the first chapter of the first book (she was nearly hung as a thief) and then she became a lady spy during the Victorian era. She is smart, strong, resourceful, and an utterly charming heroine.
Lucinda teams up with her father’s young business partner, David, for this journey. How would they describe each other?
Lucinda is smart, beautiful, and bossy.
David is a pigeon-livered fopdoodle.
What historical romances do you recommend your readers check out after they read The Last Word and want more from the genre?
Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen (Coming December 3, 2019)
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee
All Is Fair by Dee Garretson
The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill
Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
What’s up next? Can you share anything about what you are currently writing?
Yes! I am currently editing THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER which is coming out in 2020 from Swoon Reads. It’s another historical fiction novel set during the Great Exhibition of 1850. Twin sisters pretend to be one person during a visit to their aunt in London. They both find the perfect suitor, but both young men think they are in love with Sophie Carter. It has double the romance and double the fun.