What first motivated you to write?
I think when I would read books or watch shows on TV where I didn’t like the ending I would think up my own. I eventually wrote my own short stories in the way I liked.
What is your latest book about?
My latest book After is about a teenage girl called Jenna who is living in a world that was once over run by zombies. A new government has risen that is brutal and cruel and Jenna is pulled into a conspiracy involving her father who she thought was dead.
What helps you to write?
Junk food, a comfortable seat and a pen and paper or my laptop.
Describe your writing schedule?
Very disorganised! I work better to a deadline as it pushes me to finish, but otherwise I write when I can.
Why do you love writing?
I love creating my own worlds and writing the things that I would love to read as a fan of the horror genre.
What technology helps you to write?
I’ll use my laptop to write, but more often than not I will start a story on paper. It’s easier to carry around a notebook than my laptop!
Do you write first and edit later, or do you perfect your writing as you go along?
Definitely write first/edit later. If I keep editing as I go I’d never get it finished.
What has been the best achievement in your writing career?
Being accepted by two different literary agencies and the fact that they believed in my work enough to publish it.
What advice would you give to authors who are struggling to find enough time to write?
We all have ten minutes in the day, whether we realise it or not. Going home on the train or bus, waiting in the doctor’s office – carry a notebook with you and jot down ideas while you wait. It all adds up.
What are your writing goals?
To finish my current series and hopefully to make a moderately successful career out of it.
Have you ever thought of writing non-fiction?
Honestly I find writing non- fiction harder than fiction! I’m more comfortable in my own fantasy world than writing non-fiction.
What do want people to learn from reading your work?
I tend to write characters who aren’t saints. They have flaws, some of them break the law, but that there is good in everyone.
Have you ever had any particularly good and / or particularly bad reviews? How did you feel upon reading them? Did you learn anything?
I have had some really good reviews which I was very pleased with. People have said some lovely things about my work and I appreciate it. I haven’t had a bad review yet – more neutral than anything. One reviewer said that my book was okay, but that they would read the next one in the series. I know that not everyone is going to like my books and that’s fine. I don’t like every book out there. I appreciate constructive criticism because I’m still growing as a writer.
What’s next for Samantha?
I am working on the sequel to After which will be called Before. It is set during the initial outbreak on a subway train in New York.
I live in Northern Ireland. I have been writing since I was a child and I was officially published in 2012. I write horror and paranormal stories. In my spare time, I am learning to play guitar, watching movies, reading and spending time with family.
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