Samantha Simard Interview
The Indie Book Butler Interview – Samantha Simard
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
Sam, Virgo, she/her. Slytherin, for you nerds out there, and an undergrad at Southern New Hampshire University. Big fan of drinking coffee, swear words, and writing. My debut novel, Stitches, features LGBT characters with real-world representation and a twisted mystery
You’ve got 20 words to sell us on your latest release. Tempt us.
Hey you! Do you like diverse characters, dark humor, and head-spinning plots? Then you’ll like Stitches!
Were there any particular parts of the writing/publishing process that you struggled with?
The writing process for this project took almost seven years, because I wanted to make sure I crafted characters that people would love as much as I did – and that they’d want to read about them again, because I have at least two more books planned! That was the hard part of the writing; as for publishing, I’d say the hardest part was trying to break into the market traditionally. I wish I’d turned to self-publishing sooner!
Where do you like to write?
I can write anywhere, but my favorite places are either at my desk with minimal distractions, or tucked in bed with my laptop.
Is there anything you must have in order to write?
Just a computer, or good old fashion paper and pen.
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
Wow, that’s a tough question. I’ve read so many amazing books over the years. John Sanford, Cassandra Clare, Harlan Coben, Rainbow Rowell, and RL Stine are some of my favorite authors.
What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
Writing fanfiction. I know that some authors think fanfiction is odd or even insulting, but I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the opportunity to play in other worlds. (And fun fact: I still write fanfiction on the side!)
What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
I want to provide people with an opportunity to dive into other worlds and maybe forget their problems for a while.
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
Practice, practice, practice!
What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
People with mutual respect for each other and a love of creativity.
If you had a direct line to someone who loves or hates your writing, what would you say?
Thank you! No matter your opinion, you’ve read my work. While I’m sorry if you didn’t like it, at least you tried something new.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Never, ever, ever, ever give up.
What does your writing future hold for you?
More books! And hopefully teaching too.
How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
99Designs. The artists on there are all so professional and talented, and the prices are reasonable for the end product.
How often do you read? What genre?
All the time! I love mysteries, LGBT fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and some non-fiction.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Best of luck in the future.
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