Interview with Samantha Blake

When did you first start writing?
I believe I was three when I first started dictating books to my mother, according to her. Seriously, though, I didn't have the idea "I could do this for real" until I reached high school.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write. I like to make people smile. That simple.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Bridget Feblood is an orphan who does her best to keep her feet on the ground to make a living but solid ground is hard to find when everyone you know is hiding something from you and the life you thought you knew was just a veil hiding who you really are. That's the premise behind Priestess Under Fire in a nutshell although I have many twists and turns in store for Bridget throughout the series.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They're the ones I write for, the ones I wish to share my inner worlds and characters with, and writing would be useless without them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I only write to make people smile. Possibly laugh if I can get away with it. But if someone comes to me and says "I really loved this character/scene/world" it truly makes all the aggravation worth it.
What are you working on next?
I have a few different concepts I'm working on: first and foremost, the next Bridget Feblood novel. I'm also planning out a Paranormal Romance series which might tie loosely into Bridget's world and a science fiction novel which quite plainly won't tie into anything.
What is your writing process?
Chaos. I never know what will spark an idea but I have to be ready when it comes. I might start with a character and build the world and conflict around them or perhaps a situation that then gets detailed. I've read countless books on the writing process and they all have useful suggestions, but I tend to pick and choose according to my mood.
Describe your desk
Surprisingly enough, for someone whose entire writing process can be summed up as 'chaos' my desk is extremely neat. I have a place for everything and I keep it that way as much as possible. There's no clutter because I never know when I'll need to lug books out for research or ideas.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are way too many to list so I'll just share a few: Gail Carriger, Gena Showalter, J.R. Ward, Terry Pratchett, and Patricia Mckillip.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking up different scenarios for my characters, cooking for loved ones, playing GW2 (it's a guilty addiction), and if the weather holds out going for walks to take in nature.
Published 2014-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Priestess Under Fire: A Bridget Feblood novel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 108,820. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Bridget Feblood is about to learn dreams are deadly. Enter another world full of monsters and magic. Nothing says 'time to reevaluate' than a horde of demons out for your blood. Bridget has choices to make about her old life and new one. Only she'll have to decide soon. Time is running out. Because if the monsters can't find Bridget they'll settle for those she loves.