Jul 1, 2013

Interview with Samantha

Author Interview

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? What was the very first thing you ever wrote?
I always had an unacknowledged dream of becoming an author, but I spent the first 25+ years of my life thinking that was strictly a fantasy, something that would never really happen (as I was pursuing software engineering at the time).  It wasn’t until I started freelance writing professionally about three years ago and ghost wrote a book for a client that I realized I could write a book for myself as well!  And I have NO idea what the first thing I wrote was; I’ve been writing since I can remember.  Probably it was a scary story – I wrote a LOT of those as a kid.

Who is your literary hero?
J. K. Rowling.  Anyone who can come up with such a captivating world and engaging set of characters is a hero in my book.

How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
All of my characters are almost entirely based on traits I see in myself or others I know – I write best when I write from experience.  But I’m not naming names!

Describe your main character in six words.
Strong, determined, loyal, loving, but conflicted.

Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Scarily plausible near-term post-apocalyptic dystopian society.  Those hyphenated compound words only count as one word, right?  ;-)

What scene was your favorite to write?
My favorite scene to write in Shudder was definitely the big revelation in the very last chapter.  Heart-wrenching.

What scene was the hardest for you to write?
Without giving it away, a scene in the middle of the book where one of the characters is going through the loss of someone they love very much.  It really hurt to put myself in her shoes – I can’t imagine dealing with that in real life.

What are you working on now?
The Shudder Blog Tour just kicked off a couple weeks ago and is running all summer long, often with multiple stops in one day all with original content, so that will be keeping me busy for the next few months!  Shortly after the tour ends, my baby is due (my first – a girl), and then I’ll be figuring out how to squeeze in the writing for the final book in the trilogy.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

Eating, what else?  :-)

Now before you all go, be sure to check out book 1 Stitch.
You can see my review here.
Also you can get it at these spots for only .99(:
Stitch Purchase Links
Amazon (Kindle $0.99, print $8.99)
Barnes & Noble (Nook $0.99)
Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $0.99)
Also available ($0.99 e-book) in the iTunes store, Kobo, and wherever e-books are sold!