Ten Questions

Ten Questions

January 20, 2012 Interviews 23

Trifecta has a new challenge out. It is to answer the 10 questions they’ve posted. I’ve only been interviewed once, so this was extra fun for me!

Welcome to My Write Side. I hope you enjoy your visit.

You’ll find this in that handy little “About Me” Tab up top there:

SAM is a 40 something aspiring author with a trunk full of tricks thanks to a checkered past. She haunts tropical islands in her dreams while living the reality of a Central East Coast existence as a mom, a wife, a coach, a teacher, a maid, a chauffeur, a woman, and a survivor. She’s finally found her niche in horror/thriller writing though she enjoys the challenge of writing stories from all genres. She is particularly fond of fantasy, the supernatural, and thrillers. She finds the inspiration for her writing in her dreams and in enjoying the life surrounding her. She writes because it’s in her blood.

She’s successfully completed NaNoWriMo two years in a row. She has completed one novel (unpublished) and has three works in progress. She has won 3rd place in a short story contest and has three short stories (Season of Change, Gloria, and No Returns) published on Short n Scary Stories.

And, here’s more:

  1. What is your name (real or otherwise)? 

My moniker is SAM, derived from my natural full name only safely contained within the initials.

  1. Describe your writing style in three words. 

Chilling, emotional, deadly

  1. How long have you been writing online? 

I wrote my first online short story, titled The Heat Is On, on July 23, 2010. Boy has my writing come a long way since then. I started blogging February 21,2010.

  1. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? 

Where do I begin? I also participate in Story Dam’s monthly and weekly challenges, Write on Edge’s weekly prompts, Indie Ink Writing Challenge, 3 Word Wednesday, and I Am a Storyteller. I have also participated in the Light and the Lightning Bug‘s challenge, Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, 100 Word Challenge, and I lead the Writer’s Workshop at the Bloggy Moms site.

  1. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. 

I really need to work on not wasting words when I write. I tend to go off in details rather than letting my reader use their imaginations to take them there.

  1. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? 

Just write, even when you don’t feel like it. Just sit down and write. Even if it’s rubbish.

  1. Who is your favorite author? 

Why must I pick just one? I pick 3: Stephen King, James Patterson, and Kristin Hannah.

  1. How do you make time to write?

If I don’t have it in my head, I really can’t just write. I am too easily distracted, so I tend to choose the late night hours or the early mornings or whenever my children are not home. I can only imagine how much writing would get done if there were no distractions at all.

That didn’t really answer the question did it?

  1. Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. 

Risable: (riz’-uh-bull) n. 1: causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; comical. 2: having the ability to, or disposition to laugh. 3: of or relating to laugher or used in laughing (e.g. ‘risible muscles’). [From Late Latin risibilis “laughable, able to laugh,” from Latin risus, past participle. of ridere “to laugh.”]

  1. Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading.

You realize that asking a writer to choose a story is like asking a mother to pick a favorite child, right? How do you pick just one?

This one is much more recent, but I do remember that certain feeling of pride after I completed it, so it’s probably my favorite of late: Home Again.

You can find every short story I’ve written (solo pieces) under The Writings.

Pull up a chair, browse the shelves, and stay for awhile.


I know you have more questions, so please, feel free to fill my comments with questions of your own. I would love to write a more detailed one and post it at the beginning of February for you.


Wikipedia: blog definition: a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.

23 Responses

  1. jesterqueen1 says:

    My son’s name is Sam for the exact same reason as yours. Well, except there isn’t a privacy thing. He’s a ‘junior’ named for his Daddy and we figured the easy way to give him his own identity was to call him Sam.

  2. shah wharton says:

    Really enjoyed this mini-interview Sam. And wow – you participate in lots of writing challenges. Wish I could commit to doing so. I’m honoured to have you mention my writing challenge and to have you participate in it too. I didn’t know you were on Short n Scary too – one of mine s up on thee too, although I’ve not looked at it for ages. The same story slightly revised with be published in an e-zine soon too. I’m so chuffed. It’l be my first proper published piece. I hope to self-publish my novel too this year. I must stop procrastinating and get my head down though. 🙂

    • SAM says:

      You are the one that told me about Short and Scary storied via email, so I am very grateful to you for that!

      Congratulations on getting published in a magazine. If there is anything I can do to help you stay motivated to get that novel published, let me know!

  3. justlyd says:

    I love your writing advice and I think I need it- I haven’t felt like writing this week. I loved learning more about your writing through this, very cool. I think it’s awesome that you participate in so many prompts too. 🙂

  4. justlyd says:

    Ack, keep meaning to say, love the new look of your blog!

  5. Satu says:

    I wish I could do that thing with my initials, I like the idea of it but I’d be DKES…not a very good moniker I suppose. 😉 I could call myself DEX (DEKS) but it seems a little “forced”. Well, anyway, nice meeting you SAM.

    • SAM says:

      You could always try mixing them up out of order until you came up with something you liked, too.(Like with Dex). I think Dex is perfectly fantastic, without being forced.

  6. Joules says:

    Pleased to meetya. I love the mirroring you did in Home Again. Just lovely.

  7. Lance says:

    I dont have to write this but you are on of my favorite people ever I’ve met on the innerwebzzzz..

    Thank you for reading my dumb stuff.

  8. barbara says:

    SAM, Thank you for letting us know a bit about you. Welcome!
    btw – in our family . . . we use our risible muscles everytime we get togetther. 🙂 We’re just like that.

  9. Trifecta says:

    Hey SAM, thanks so much for linking up. It’s great to get to know everyone a little better. Your suggested word has now been added to our word bank! And thanks for sharing Home Again with us. I can see why it is one of your favorites. Looking forward to reading more of your work over at Trifecta.

  10. very informative post. I could never go by my initials. BMS is just not good although it does crack me up when I have to initial things with BS.

  11. laciejay says:

    Hello SAM, it was nice getting to know you a little bit, I went ahead and read Home Again. I absolutely loved it, I wish I could write stories like that. That is definitely something to be proud of. 🙂

  12. Hi SAM. My name is Beth. Writing is my passion and i’m very excited to read your work. I’m new to the blogging thing and i was wondering if you have any tips or advice. I have a blog also, but i’m not sure how to go about “getting it out there”. It would mean a lot to me if people read my work.

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