AUTHOR INTERVIEW 88 – Samantha Evans

Samantha Evans

Northern California

Age 30

Born in Northern California. Wife, mother to three amazing children, and author of fantasy and adventure. Brings adventure with a mix of fantasy to the pages. Advocate for people who have Russel Silver Syndrome, and epilepsy.

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Prince Liam of Derzeli believes differently in what honor means. King Breen, Liam’s father, and Cullen, Liam’s brother, believe that real greatness is achieved once they slay a dragon. Liam thinks that dragons are majestic and do not deserve to die. King Breen, Liam’s father, brings Liam along on an expedition to slay a dragon. On one of the nights of the journey, Liam rescued a dragon’s egg. Liam decides to care for it, and it hatches on Liam’s birthday. Tragedy strikes, which leads to Liam having to leave Derzeli, and Liam goes on the run with the help of Ella, the dragon. Ella helps him escape and runs to a barren wasteland, where he saw himself becoming a hermit for the rest of his life. But due to an event happening with the help of a new friend and a childhood friend, Liam has no choice but to return home. He has to decide to run away from his destiny, or embrace it, the chance of a king.

Romelia: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Samantha Evans: Since waking up with an idea and wanting to write it down.

Romelia: how long does it take you to write a book?

Samantha Evans: Took me a few months.

Romelia: where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Samantha Evans: All the authors I have read have been an inspiration. I love works from C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Romelia: what literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Samantha Evans: None yet, but I hope so after this pandemic.

Romelia: what is the first book that made you cry?

Samantha Evans: The outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

Romelia: what is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

Samantha Evans: When I think about it is when people pay money to have your book published.

Romelia: does writing energize or exhaust you?

Samantha Evans: It energizes me! When I have ideas I cannot stop writing!

Romelia: what are common traps for aspiring writers?

Samantha Evans: Saying that anything can be published. But look at self-publishing platforms, and see which one fits your fancy.

Romelia: does a big ego help or hurt writers?

Samantha Evans: It can hurt because when someone thinks that their book will be a hit! Then in the end it leads to it not making enough sales.

Romelia: what is your writing Kryptonite?

Samantha Evans: Too much to describe. When I watch a good show or movie focused on fantasy it gets the lightbulb in my head would go on.

Romelia: have you ever gotten reader’s block?

Samantha Evans: Honestly… nope!

Romelia: did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Samantha Evans: No! I want writers to know who I am.

Romelia: do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Samantha Evans: I want to be original.

Romelia: do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Samantha Evans: Anyone can be a writer if they have a story they want to tell.

Romelia: what other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

Samantha Evans: I am basically best friends with one indie author who has become my mentor. Who has helped me understand the writing world, and what to accept.

Romelia: do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

Samantha Evans: My first set of books are all connected.

Romelia: if you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Samantha Evans: Creativity is everything!

Romelia: how did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Samantha Evans: Knowing that it can be done on Amazon it was hard to believe. But made me realize I was meant to become a writer.

Romelia: what was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

Samantha Evans: Ads to promote my work.

Romelia: what authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

Samantha Evans: None, all authors I have read I never found anything negative about.

Romelia: what did you do with your first advance?

Samantha Evans: I am a self-published author so it depends on what money comes in a month. I keep on saving what I get.

Romelia: what was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

Samantha Evans: It shows emotion!

Romelia: what are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?

Samantha Evans: Not really magazines, but Facebook groups are interesting to learn tips, and how to be successful in writing.

Romelia: from where you get inspired with your first book?

Samantha Evans: After reading Lord of the Rings.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Samantha Evans: I love watching horror movies, and what I hate about the world is living in this country how it is so divided. How my children are confused about this.

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