About the Author

Author Samantha Durante

An avid lifelong reader of fiction of all sorts, there’s nothing I find more engrossing than an epic sci-fi/fantasy/romance series. I’ve spent countless hours of my life immersed in the richly-woven worlds that someone else was kind enough to put on paper, and I’ve always felt a debt of gratitude to these wonderful authors – J.K. Rowling, Diana Gabaldon, Stephanie Meyer, Suzanne Collins, Christopher Paolini, Sharon Shinn, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, and more recently Lauren Oliver and Veronica Roth, to name a few.

The Stitch Trilogy – my debut series – is my humble attempt to return the favor. My dream is to bring the same enjoyment and delight to readers that these authors have brought to my life. If you find yourself staying up just a little too late to finish another chapter, or sneaking into the bathroom at work to read when things are slow, I will know I have done my job!

In addition to penning novels, I am also a sometimes freelance writer/consultant at my company, Medley Media Associates – though more often than not these days I’m on full-time mom duty!

I currently live in Westchester County, New York with three of the four loves of my life – my husband, Sudeep, my son, Kiran, and my cat, Gio. My fourth love – my daughter, Alana – I carry in my heart, as she was tragically stillborn in 2013 just two days before her due date. In her honor, I write candidly about babyloss and grief and volunteer my time with the Star Legacy Foundation, in hopes of breaking the stigma around pregnancy/infant loss and preventing more stillbirths from happening.

People are often surprised to learn that I took a roundabout path of turning my passion into a career. Prior to pursuing writing full-time in 2010, I spent three years in software engineering at Microsoft and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology (class of 2007), where I earned degrees from Penn Engineering and the Wharton School. I was also valedictorian of Brewster High School in Brewster, NY, class of 2003.

I love to hear from readers! I do my best to answer each and every email I receive, so please don’t hesitate to send me comments, questions, or even suggestions for what you’d like to see in future books. In addition to my blog, you can also find me on Facebook at my author and Stitch Trilogy fan pages, on Goodreads and Twitter, and on my Amazon Author page.

Are you a new author?  Check out the Writer Resources page for helpful advice and a recounting of my experience publishing my first book!

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