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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Q: Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?

A: Facebook page: 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

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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.

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Q & A

 

First of all, I want to thank you for thinking of me, Alexandra. I’ve read many of your reviews and they’re amazing. Your new website is beautiful, by the way.

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Q: Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

A: I’m not sure you’d call it quirky, but I do have one that’s more a ritual than a quirk. Five years ago, not long after Surviving Sydney was released, I received an email from a reader in South Africa who said the book had helped her through a difficult period in her life. That single email and the grace with which it was written was a turning point of sorts for me. Now, every day before I sit down to write, I read that email and blow a kiss to that reader who reminded me why I write.

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Q: How has your environment & upbringing coloured your writing?

A: Coincidentally, I was recently discussing this with another writer. Growing up, my mother was obsessed with films. My earliest memories involve sitting in a dark theatre watching everything from the greats to the not-so-greats and loving every moment of them. The stories, dialogue, pacing, camera angles, everything fascinated me, so from an early age I knew I had to be a part of the storytelling process. In retrospect, I’m sure that’s why I write my books as screenplays first.

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Q: Describe what your ideal writing space looks like.

A: Happily, my ideal writing space is where I am now. It’s a room tucked away on the far side of the house with many windows, beautiful views, and a fountain just outside so I can hear water music all year long.

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Q: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

A: Hands-down, it would have to be learning to balance my life by keeping things in perspective. As an author, it’s too easy to make it all about the ratings game and lose oneself along the way. I often tell people my epitaph will read: She was a human being first, a writer second.

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Q: What are your current projects?

A: At the moment, I’m working on several things including For Love of Honor, the finale to the Wicked Tails Series. Also in the queue are The Siren Wore Scarlet, the sequel to Once Upon a Faerie, as well as two mainstream fiction thrillers, A Prudent Man and Aurora Rising. There may be a surprise or two along the way but I’ll never tell.

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Q: What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

A: I don’t believe a publishing company starts out intending to be unethical but way too many devolve to that. Probably their most prevalent sin, and this goes for companies both large and small, is their cavalier attitude toward authors, the very same people who in essence pay their salaries. They sign you by offering the sun, the moon and stars, but often what you end up with is a landfill of broken promises. It’s no wonder so many authors are going the Indie route. I will say, however, that the new breed of boutique publishers are filling the void and doing a wonderful job of meeting the reading public’s needs as well as their authors’. Props to them.

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Q: What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

A: I can’t think of any one thing but the research for Once Upon a Faerie took months. When your three leading men are at minimum 500 years old from diverse backgrounds and locales, you want your historical and geographical references as accurate as possible. Giving life to paranormal characters while making them credible was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever dealt with — and the most rewarding.

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Q: If you were deserted on an island, which three people would you want to have with you? Why?

Criteria:

* One fictional character from your book

* One fictional character from any other book

* One famous person that is not a family member or friend

A: Great question! I’ll confess I had to think about this for a few minutes but here goes…

A fictional character from one of my books is Sky Barlow from Runaway Brat who, ironically, is the most like me of any of my female characters. I figure the trouble we get into will make the time go faster.

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A fictional character from any other book is Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist or what would come to be known as a profiler, the lead character from Caleb Carr’s The Alienist. Behavioral profiling has always fascinated me and what better opportunity to pick his brain.

One famous person not a family member or friend is Desmond Tutu, a man I’ve long admired for his passion and human rights activism.

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Q: What’s something you are really good at that few people know about?

A: This may seem like a small thing but it’s taken me years to perfect the art of making a truly amazing paella. Even more impressive is the fact that I have not one drop of Spanish blood in me. Sadly.

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Q: Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.

A: This is a true story that blew me away. From the outset of writing A Prudent Man, I knew I wanted to use a home I owned for several years as the setting for Annie Heywood’s home, an old farmhouse at the end of a secluded lane with a somewhat unsavory history. At one point in the book, Annie discovers some sketches of the house crucial to the plot.

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Not long after I wrote the scene, and knowing little or nothing about the book I was currently writing, my sister called to remind me she had a carton of artwork that somehow made it into her storage facility instead of mine. She followed up the phone call with a text and photos of some of the pieces and there was a framed sketch of the house, our house, Annie’s and mine. I have no memory of ever seeing that sketch, nor did I know of its existence but there it was. It’s decades old, worn, weathered and unsigned but, needless to say, it will make its public debut as an integral part of the book. I’ve since learned it was a box left in the attic by previous owners of the house and undiscovered by me until it made its way into the moving van and my sister’s protective custody. Is life stranger than fiction? You bet it is.

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Q: Can you share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?

A: I’ll be happy to and thank you again for thinking of me. This was fun.

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Amazon author page:

http://amzn.to/2cJe11b

Website:

https://shelbykentstewart.com/

Facebook:

http://bit.ly/2lEup9P

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ShelbyKStewart

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/shelbykentstewa/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shelbykentstewar/

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A special thanks to Shelby...

 

FANTASTIC answers Shelby. Thank you so much for taking the time in answering my questions.

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When a book that you have written impacts a readers life in a significant way, we the reader, thank you. Your passion for life is so inspiring.

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Thank you for changing my personality every time I pick up one of your books. When reading Contemporary Adult Fiction written by you, the characters seem to come to life. I almost see them as real people in front of me instead of fictional characters on pages.

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Books give me the feeling that I don’t have to live in the real world all the time, and that really helps when I’m dealing with something difficult. We have all been there at some point in our lives and I am sure many would agree with me when I say that we look forward to escaping inside the pages of a good book. Thank you for being the amazing Author that you are!

I appreciate you and everything you do.

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