Ten Questions – Our Write Side

January 20, 2012November 12, 2015

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 She has completed one novel (unpublished) and has three works in progress.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.