Today’s Featured Author Interview is Samantha Warren; author of the Jane Series, the Alaesha Legacy series, and the TRK series.
Names and dates of published novels?
I have over 20 books available which is entirely too many to list here! You can find all of them on my website www.samantha-warren.com. Here are three as an example.
What genre and subgenres do you write in?
I write Speculative fiction. So far I have horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, sci-fi steampunk, and now YA dystopian
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since 2010.
What made you want to be a writer and have you always wanted to write?
I found National Novel Writing Month and decided to give it a try. I was hooked.
Who are your favorite authors?
JK Rowling and Jonathan Maberry
What was the first piece of fiction that you fell in love with?
I’ve been reading since I was a kid. Some of the books I loved then were Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, Riddle at Pencroft Farm, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
That varies depending on my mood, which is why I write such a wide range of things.
How long did it take to write your first/last novel?
I wrote my first novel in 3 months. My most recent one I wrote in about 3 weeks.
What are three words that you would choose to describe your writing style?
Fun, weird, easygoing
Are your characters inspired by real life people or do you make them up 100%?
I think all characters have a little piece of the author in them somewhere. They’re either who we want to be, or what we fear.
What sort of mood or feelings did you hope to convey to your readers with your latest work?
That it doesn’t matter where you came from. You can be who you want to be.
Can you tell us a little bit about the main character of your most recent novel.
Kinley is a 15-year-old who has lived most of her live in the zombie apocalypse. She has a twin brother Kincaid and isn’t quite sure what she wants to do with her life.
How do you go about building an antagonist?
My antagonists tend to grow organically, as the story forms. I don’t always have one in mind when I’m starting.
Can you describe for us your writing process?
As much as I try to make a schedule, I’m definitely a binge writer. I’ll do nothing for a month, then bust out a novel in 3 weeks.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy besides writing?
I like to read, of course. And I’m a big fan of coloring books. I also volunteer for the local 4-H.
Do you ever need to escape from writing? What do you do to get away?
Not usually. Usually I need to escape TO writing.
What is the hardest part for you as an author and what would you say is the easiest?
The hardest parts for me are the first draft and the marketing. The easiest is the formatting. Formatting is a piece of cake.
Do you have any author pet peeves?
When someone thinks they know the ‘right’ way to do it. There is no right way. There is only your way.
Any authors that you feel directly inspired you, your works, or your style?
JK Rowling, Jonathan Maberry, Chuck Wendig. I’m sure there are many others that I can’t think of off the top of my head.
Would you say that you were good at english in highshcool?
If not, what were you good at? I was good, but I found it boring.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, what are some ways that you overcome it?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. To me, it’s just a lack of motivation. Sometimes I have a REALLY hard time working through it, but the only true solution is to just write.
Are there any current projects that we can look forward to?
Zombie Juice is heading to Kindle Scout very soon. I’ll let you know when it’s there.
What are your long-term goals as a writer?
I eventually want to be able to attend conferences and whatnot and speak and teach others.
Are you planning any spin-off novels?
I have some already, for the Jane series.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just do it and who cares what anyone thinks.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Also, just do it and who cares what anyone thinks.
Are there any other interesting things that you would like your readers to know?
I love you all! You’re the reason I write!
How can your readers find out more about you and your books?
Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/Samantha-Warren