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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Jeff Sampson (Author of Vesper)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

My name's Jeff. By day I'm a young adult author. By night, I'm a pop culture fiend. Read more about me and my books--including brand new release Vesper: A Deviants Novel--at

You can find VESPER in store near you!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
I would love to go back to 1999, mostly because that was an awesome year. I'm totally biased because I came of age in the '90s, but that was the best decade *ever*. Anyway, I'd go there, listen to some vintage Britney and N*Sync when they were fresh and new, maybe watch a few new-at-the-time Buffy episodes, and then find 17-year-old me, take him under my wing, and share all the knowledge I gained in the past 12 years so that he can get his act together sooner. Learning by trial and error *sucks*.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Girl loses inhibitions -- first step toward what . . . ?

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
The last fictional person I can remember having a crush on was probably Johnny Tremain when I was in middle school, oh and Taran from The Chronicles of Prydain. As for favorite book, that's a hard question, because I’ve read so many books that it’s really hard to keep track! My personal favorite today is different than it was a month ago. For the record, today's favorite book is Across the Universe by Beth Revis. Last week's was How I Became A Famous Novelist by Steve Hely. I'm sure I'll have a new one next week.

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
I'm going to pick "student in the background #27" from Harry Potter. Some character buried deep in J.K. Rowling's notes who got to experience the whole Hogwarts deal *without* having to worry about a vicious wizard constantly trying to murder him. My name would be something like Bartleby Noxon, and I'd be one of the kids in Ravenclaw, and basically I'd have my own side adventures with lots of cool magic and tons of late nights drenched in butterbeer. Hold up, I'm going to go write this fan fic.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
We look nothing alike, but I'm gonna say James Franco. He seems weird and creative, and I'm weird and creative, so he could definitely pull me off. He'll have to lose the pedo-stache, though.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
How to Procrastinate Your Way to Success: The Jeff Sampson Story. Because I'm a horrible procrastinator and yet, somehow, manage to still finish books. I honestly don't know how, as I do anything but work *all the time*. But then a deadline will loom, days will flash by in a haze, and I'll wake up drooling and looking like a homeless person . . . and a book will have happened. If this insanity eventually leads to my downfall, the title can still work. It would just be deliciously ironic instead of super earnest.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
Geeky guy, oddball humor, pop culture fiend.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
Vesper is the first book of the Deviants series. Deviants begins deceptively small and insular -- Vesper sticks very close to lead character Emily Webb throughout, letting you get to know her and experience these strange events as she does. By the end, Emily will discover that whatever is happening to her is a part of something much bigger -- and as a result, the following books increase in scope.

Right now I'm finishing up the second Deviants book, and plot wise, things are very much in high gear. In addition I'm working pseudonymously on a couple children's books, and I also have ideas bumping around in my head for another action-adventure YA series. I have lots of stories to tell, so Vesper is definitely just the beginning!


Thanks for stopping by Jeff!

For more information about Jeff Sampson and his books, please visit his website here.


  1. Great interview. Interesting that Jeff picked one of the background students in Harry Potter.

  2. LoL- the 90's! I would want to be a magician in HP too!

  3. hahahaha love the student in background #27!!!! and i totally agree with that!

  4. OK, omg talk about a blast from the past! 1999? Good times. I love how he called it "vintage" Music WAS great back then. Loved this interview, what a cool cat!

  5. Nice 7 words!! And I definitely like James Franco, I would so see a movie about your life if he was playing you!!

  6. Great interview. I like knowing there's a sequel at least :)

  7. I totally loved the any character in fiction answer! Can I be your sister, Basil Noxon?

  8. I like that he chose the dude from harry potter XD

  9. Lol picking a background character from Harry Potter...good one

  10. great interview am so looking forward to reading Vesper.


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  11. Loved the interview. You asked wonderful questions. I can't wait to read Vesper.

  12. OMG, Awesome review. I am so excited to read Vesper

  13. 1999? If I could go back in time it would be farther back!

  14. Awesome review! I 'am eager to read this book!


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