Samantha Britt Interview

 
 
Tell
us a little about yourself and your background?
Although I have
loved reading and writing since my early teen years, it was not until I
graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop!) that I began to seriously
consider turning my hobby into more.
Now, two years later, I have finally published
my debut novel and cannot be more excited to see where this takes me. Will of
Fate is actually my third novel, but the first I felt prepared to release to
readers. I hope others fall in love with these characters as I have. Their
stories tend to distract me at the most inopportune times; my mind racing with
new plots and interactions to incorporate in future books when busy working at
my day job.


Which
writers inspire you?
                Oh
gosh, there are so many! I enjoy multiple genres and multiple types of authors.
I suppose a few of my favorites would be Tamora Pierce, Cassandra Clare, Lurlene
McDaniel, Melissa Mar, Meg Cabot, and J.K. Rowling (of course).
Have
you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
                Not yet, but I am open to the
idea!
When
did you decide to become a writer?
                I
guess I would say when I actually clicked the “Publish” button on AmazonKDP.
I’ve been writing in my spare time since I was 14. (The urge to do so would
come and go throughout my high school and college years). It wasn’t until
post-college, working my day job, that I wondered if I could actually produce a
piece of work others would read and enjoy. After editing Will of Fate for a
couple weeks, I finally took the plunge and self-published. It’s been a
whirlwind of marketing/promoting/networking ever since!
Do
you write full-time or part-time?
Part-Time. I’m a
Research Chemist during the day 🙂
Do
you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes
you? 
Funny enough,
I’ve done both. Will of Fate had a general outline, but much of it was also
formed at the moment of writing when certain ideas just seemed to fit in the
storyline. However, the sequel is very meticulously outlined – to the chapter
and paragraph outlined. I don’t know what caused the difference in approach,
but the detailed plot is working very well for the second book. Whatever works,
right?
Do
you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 
                I
am currently exploring multiple strategies. My original plan was simply
promoting the book on Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads, and I had some success with
that. As of a few days ago, I began participating in Goodreads groups for Indie
Authors per the recommendation of fellow indie author Wendi Wilson. Hopefully
the groups will help encourage readers to review Will of Fate to help get it
more traction with readers! (Side note: Wendi is awesome. Truthfully. She is
helpful, kind, and I just love her! She’s been a surprising blessing on this
self-publishing journey.)
What
are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
I believe that
as long as reviews are honest, I think they’re great.
Good reviews: I
cannot imagine anything more encouraging to an author than reading a good
review of their work. Nothing compares. Seeing others enjoy your work not only
gives you a sense of accomplishment, but also motivates and encourages you to
continue on this path to produce even more work.
Bad reviews: The
reality is, not everyone will enjoy my work. There is no way I can produce
something that will appeal to every single individual on this planet. It’s not
possible. As a result, some readers might finish my book and find it lacking in
some way. They might even want to air their grievances with the intent of
saving others like them from reading the book.
That being said,
the only bad reviews I pay attention to when browsing for my own books are the
ones which specifically mention aspects of the book they did not enjoy. Then, I
evaluate if their opinions are relevant to me. I.e. Little character
development – Yeah, that bugs me too,
maybe I will skip this one
. Unrealistic love story – Wait a minute. I’m reading fiction. That doesn’t turn me off as much.
If the review is
negative with very little detail as to what they disliked, and is instead
filled with insults and derogatory statements, I give them very little
influence over my decision to read/not read a book. It is the readers right to
formulate and share opinions on something they’ve read. It is also the
potential readers right to take reviews as what they are, opinions.
All reviews are
an invaluable tool used to figure out what to spend your spare time reading and,
as long as they’re honest, I think they’re great.
How
can readers discover more about you and you work?
                Twitter
would probably be the best platform for that, but I do use Facebook and
Goodreads pretty regularly. I love connecting with fellow
authors/readers/bloggers/anyone/everyone! Please feel free to reach out to me
and I will be sure to reply 🙂
Any
Comments for the Blog readers?
Thank you for
taking the time to read this interview! I appreciate it more than you can
imagine. If you enjoy reading or writing young adult/new adult fantasy or
paranormal romance, I hope you will take the time to connect with me on one of
my social media sites. I would love to connect with you.
Any
feedback for me or the blog?
Joselyn, what
you are doing for indie authors is nothing short of amazing. You are so
appreciated! I will definitely be visiting your blog to learn more about works
by my fellow indie authors. Thank you for everything!
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