AUTHOR INTERVIEW 108 – S.A. Gensch


Samantha Gensch (Pen name S.A. Gensch)

United States

Age 27

S.A. Gensch has been writing stories since she was a teenager. Pending Return is her first published work, as she has always enjoyed writing mysteries. She is from Colorado, and is a wife with three children.
Steve has gone missing without a word. He lived with an abusive father, so everyone believes Steve has run away. Mitch is Steve’s best friend, and he is far from willing to accept that answer. He knew Steve better than anyone. He knew Steve wouldn’t leave without telling him. Mitch knows something happened, and is going to do whatever it takes to prove what happened, and who was involved.

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Romelia: HOW MANY UNPUBLISHED AND HALF-FINISHED BOOKS DO YOU HAVE?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.

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