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Hey Samantha.

1. First of all your so young, how have you started writing at such a young age and for such a mature crowd?

2. Do you have a favorite character that you have written about? I mean is their one character you feel more attached to than others in any of the books you've written? 

3. Besides the Dublin street series are you currently working on more NA books in the same genre?

4. What was your inspirations when you wrote On Dublin street series?

5. anything you want to say to your Israeli readers (lots of Braden Carmichael fans).

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1. I fell in love with writing after I read CS Lewis 
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when I was seven years old. After reading it, I decided I wanted to create my own magical worlds and I was never without some form of notebook to write my ideas down on. My family and friends have been through a lot of ups and downs, just like many families, and we went through ours when I was very young, so I've always been quite mature for my age. I think that comes across in the books and in the subjects I write about.

2. It's really a close call between Joss from On Dublin Street and Olivia from Before Jamaica Lane. I understand them on a personal level more than any of my other characters. They've had difficult beginnings in life and I think that's made me more attached to them. I felt them quite deeply when I was writing their stories—I was often reduced to tears when writing emotional scenes for them!

3. The Dublin Street series isn't NA, although I know a number of readers confuse it for NA. It's very much an adult contemporary series, although I do have an NA series. It's titled Into the Deepand it's about college-age Americans who spend a year studying abroad in Edinburgh.

4. My friends and family and our experiences. The initial inspiration hit me when I was driving through the Scottish countryside. I'd been wracking my brain for weeks, trying to write an adult contemporary romance set in America (most of my YA books are set in America), and everything I attempted to write just didn't feel real to me. As I was driving and taking in the Scottish scenery it hit me that I should write what I know. So I decided I was going to set the book in Edinburgh and once I decided that, I was inspired to write about issues that I understood from my own experience and from the experiences of those around me.

5. I am so excited that Joss and Braden's story has landed in the hands of Israeli readers, and I hope you all are enjoying their romance! Thank you so much for supporting my work—it means the absolute world to me.

Samantha Young
Author of On Dublin Street, Down London Road, and Before Jamaica Lane, the New York Times Bestsellers
http://www.samanthayoungbooks.com