Samantha Gensch (Pen name S.A. Gensch)
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE UNDER-APPRECIATED NOVEL?
S.A. Gensch: What comes to mind is the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. I couldn’t put those books down.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU BALANCE MAKING DEMANDS ON THE READER WITH TAKING CARE OF THE READER?
S.A. Gensch: I think my level of demands on the reader isn’t that high. I just want them to be able to escape reality and enjoy the story. I want them to enjoy being in the little world I created and feel connected with the characters. I don’t try to do that in a complicated way. I don’t try to write in a complex matter.
Romelia: AS A WRITER, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE AS YOUR MASCOT/AVATAR/SPIRIT ANIMAL?
S.A. Gensch: Probably a horse.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU OWE THE REAL PEOPLE UPON WHOM YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS?
S.A. Gensch: I don’t write characters based on real people. At least I haven’t done that yet.
Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?
S.A. Gensch: I have 2 books I’m currently writing (hopefully both coming out this year), and four planned.
Romelia: WHAT DOES LITERARY SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
S.A. Gensch: I believe it’s people enjoying my stories, feeling connection, and wanting to tell others about it. If everyone in the world bought my book, but only a few loved it and felt any connection to it, then it’s not successful.
Romelia: WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MARKET YOUR BOOKS?
S.A. Gensch: I believe the best marketing tool I’ve had is putting ads out, and having promotions. Sometimes giving away copies or putting out a discount will help get the word out.
Romelia: WHAT KIND OF RESEARCH DO YOU DO, AND HOW LONG DO YOU SPEND RESEARCHING BEFORE BEGINNING A BOOK?
S.A. Gensch: It depends. For Pending Return, I did quite a bit of research on a certain scene (don’t want to say which scene and spoil something). Now for the two books I’m currently working on, there is some medical stuff to consider. I do the basic research, but I feel like when it comes to the human body, there can be a lot of different routes things can go, so I don’t do as strict of research in the medical department.
Romelia: DO YOU VIEW WRITING AS A KING OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?
S.A. Gensch: For myself, yes. I have a lot going on in my head, so it’s nice to write out my worlds on paper. It makes me feel I’m not too crazy (ha!).
Romelia: WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT WRITING CHARACTERS FROM THE OPPOSITE SEX?
S.A. Gensch: Nothing. I prefer to write the opposite sex as the main character. I don’t know why, it just flows easier for me.
Romelia: HOW LONG WERE YOU A PART-TIME WRITER BEFORE YOU BECOME A FULL-TIME ONE?
S.A. Gensch: Well, I don’t know if I ever was a part-time writer, because I always wrote a little then stopped and walked away for long periods at a time. Nowadays, I’m a full-time writer who writes while being a stay-at-home mom.
Romelia: HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO YOU WRITE?
S.A. Gensch: It varies. I write here and there throughout the day. Maybe 4-5 hours altogether. I now have much higher demands for myself.
Romelia: WHAT PERIOD OF YOUR LIFE DO YOU FIND YOU WRITE ABOUT MOST OFTEN? (CHILD, TEENAGER, YOUNG ADULT)
S.A. Gensch: I don’t write about a period of my own personal life, but my main characters are generally older teenagers/young adults.
Romelia: HAVE YOU READ ANYTHING THAT MADE YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FICTION?
S.A. Gensch: In a way. When I read The Outsiders in 7th grade, I had my first experience of going into the author’s world of the story. I wasn’t just reading the book, I was experiencing the story and being in the author’s world, and I wanted others to do that with my stories.
Romelia: WHAT ARE THE ETHICS OF WRITING ABOUT HISTORICAL FIGURES?
S.A. Gensch: I have no idea. I was terrible with history in school, so I don’t include historical figures.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE NAMES OF YOUR CHARACTERS?
S.A. Gensch: Some names just come to me. A character is developed and their name is just right there with them. I also have this technique for minor characters where I press a random letter on the keyboard and the name has to start with that letter. Whenever a name is selected though, it’s hard for me to change. They just stick once I write it out.
Romelia: DO YOU READ YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BAD OR GOOD ONES?
S.A. Gensch: Typically yes. I just read them and move on. My stories are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
Romelia: DO YOU HIDE ANY SECRETS IN YOUR BOOKS THAT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE WILL FIND?
S.A. Gensch: Yes. I do leave little nods that reference events that happened to me or things about people in my life.
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE?
S.A. Gensch: The beginning is always hard for me to write for any story. I put too much time into figuring out how the story starts and never feeling satisfied with it. Now the hardest character for me to write was Ryan. He was a unique character, and I always found myself putting extra thought into how he would react or handle situations.
Romelia: DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF?
S.A. Gensch: No.
Romelia: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GIVE UP TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER?
S.A. Gensch: Oh man, I suppose it has to be something big, ummmm……let’s just go with chocolate, because I have no idea what else to say.
Romelia: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY JOURNALS?
S.A. Gensch: I haven’t really read any (yikes!).
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
S.A. Gensch: The Outsiders
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
S.A. Gensch: I don’t know if I could tell a funny story about things in my life without getting in trouble. Just hang around me, and I can make you laugh about the reality TV show my life has become.
Romelia: DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.
S.A. Gensch: I would describe myself as independent, odd, and loving. Something you don’t know about me is I am a big movie buff. I absolutely love watching movies. I love them so much that I imagine my books as movies and all my characters have favorite movies! Something I hate about the world is so many people forgot how to just laugh.