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Samantha Hastings

Salt Lake City, Utah

Reader & Writer

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Samantha Hastings has degrees from Brigham Young University, the University of Reading (Berkshire, England), and the University of North Texas. She met her husband in a turkey sandwich line. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she spends most of her time reading, eating popcorn, and chasing her kids. The Last Word is her debut novel.

Favorite Books

The Agency series by Y.S. Lee, The Lunar Chronicles, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen,The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley,The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer, Entwined by Heather Dixon, Princess at the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stervermer

Favorite Quotes

"Well-behaved women seldom make history" - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Favorite Genres

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Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Swoon Author Samantha Hastings' Publishing Confessional: Lucky Number 4

The Last Word wasn’t the first manuscript that I uploaded on the Swoon Reads website.Or the second.Not the third.But my fourth.Every author’s journey to being published is different, and I hope my publishing confessional is helpful to those who are still struggling to breakthrough.The real story starts back in 2012. I quit my ... Read More


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Monday, April 1st, 2019

Swoon Author Samantha Hastings' First Draft Report: 14 Years (and a Few Centuries) Later

The IdeaThe idea for The Last Word came to me when I was reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters—a very thick Victorian novel. For the last fifty pages of the book, I nervously kept hoping that Gaskell would start wrapping things up. Then I turned the last page and saw the Editor’s Note saying that Mrs. Gaskell ... Read More


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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Check Out the Final Cover for THE LAST WORD by Samantha Hastings!

"The Last Word — COVER." As I read this email subject from my editor, I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t think. I was both excited and completely terrified. What would my cover look like? Would it intrigue readers to pull it off the shelf? Would the cover accurately portray my story? After raiding my pantry for cookies, I finally clicked ... Read More


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