Q & A
Q: How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
A: I had a part-time job for the first 3 years of my writing career. I’ve since written on a full-time basis (2 years).
Q: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
A: Not writing what moves you and trying simply to write what you think is ‘hot.’ If you aren’t passionate about what you write, it will show in your work. Also, don’t think you can write a book and make a million bucks. As soon as you publish your first book, write the second, and so on. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Q: What is your writing Kryptonite?
A: Ha! You should know this as well as anyone. Social media! I get sucked into it. If I stayed off social media, I could get another hour or more a day in on my writing. But I’d miss the interpersonal connections. And I believe it’s necessary for romance writers to connect with their readers.
Q: What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
A: In the literal sense, as in traveling somewhere to find my inner writer – none. But figuratively, I’ve been on a lot. I believe each book I write is a pilgrimage. And each book has me learning something about writing, or myself, or the world around me.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A: Start writing sooner! Don’t wait for the right time. The right time is now.
Q: What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
A: While writing Finding Mikayla, I did a lot of research on military bases and apocalyptic events. I thought for sure the police would come knocking in my door with all the searches I was doing about the security at military bases.
Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A: It didn’t. Mainly because I only sold like 50 copies in the first few months. LOL. I just kept writing. My process hasn’t really changed in the last 5 years. Except that I no longer read my works-in-progress aloud to my husband – I did that in the beginning. Too time consuming.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
A: The daily emails I get from readers who say how my books have touched their lives. The comments I read in my Facebook reader groups. The reviews that get posted about my books. THOSE are how I measure success, not by any bank account.
Q: Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?Facebook page:
A: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaChristyAuthor/Goodreads author page: this might be it – I’m rarely on GR and don’t know how to use it : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8248131Twitter: SamLoves2WriteIG: authorsamanthachristy
A special thanks to Samantha
Thank you Samantha for taking time in answering my questions. Samantha is just one of the many authors I’ve encountered over the years, and her unforgettable novels and series have brought me the most enjoyment, heartbreak, anger, fear and relatively every emotion in between. The work and talent of this author has taught me many things: reading, no matter the story, is the perfect getaway. Some of the stories she tells, demands you to feel your heart break into a million pieces and then to feel your heart become whole again. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone insane waiting on her next book to be released. Samantha your talent has no end. Thank you for your awesome stories.