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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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Most Recent Blog Posts

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Announcing THE INVENTION OF SOPHIE CARTER by Samantha Hastings!

I wrote another book and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! The Invention of Sophie Carter is about twin sisters who look exactly the same, but their personalities couldn’t be more different.Sophie loves technology and is a talented clock worker. She wants to go to London to see the Great Exhibition of 1851 and find a ... Read More


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Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Swoon Author Samantha Hastings: Party Like It's 1861

Unlike Prince, I didn’t want to “party like it's 1999.”For my book launch of The Last Word, I wanted to party like it’s 1861.Fashion AccessoriesTo help transport my guests through time, I made pearl earrings and fascinators for them to wear.How to Make Earrings TutorialHow to Make Your Own Fascinator (if you don’t have Kate Middleton’s fashion budget)Supplies Needed: an ... Read More


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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 part-time librarian job to be a full-time ... 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 had died and ... Read More


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