#AuthorInterview #BookPromo for The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge #TheSummerIslandSwap @SamTongeWriter @aria_fiction

Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

Perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Mandy Baggot and Heidi Swain.



1: When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I always knew I would be a writer, strange as that sounds. I read voraciously as a child – loved Enid Blyton – and used to create stories in my head, lying in bed at night. But I didn’t seriously get down to novel-writing until my late 30s!


2: What inspired you to write this book?

My son went on a volunteering trip to the rainforest and when he came back his amazing stories and photos inspired me. I loved the nature and animal aspect and when he talked of compost toilets and tarantulas I just knew I had to send a character there!


3: If you could see this book in one sentence what would it be?

The best holiday you’re ever going to go on turns out to be the worst – or does it…?


4: What are you up to next?

I’ve just finished writing the first draft of my Christmas 2020 novel, all about a chance encounter that leads somewhere unexpected.


5: Who is your biggest inspiration?

I find Jackie Collins’ career hugely inspiring. I recently won the RoNA Jackie Collins’ Romantic Thriller Award for my novel Knowing You, and it was presented to me by her granddaughter which was a huge honour. She created kick-ass heroines, wrote 32 novels and sold millions of books. A total inspiration!



7305225Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo and in 2020 her novel Knowing You won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award.