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.