Interview with Samantha Terrell

What do you read for pleasure?
Since my poetry is, in large part inspired by current events, reading news from a variety of sources helps me stay abreast of social issues around the world. In addition, I've always enjoyed theology and biographies. I read a variety of poetry, both contemporary and classic.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
For many years, I only marketed my work by word-of-mouth and an old-school blog. I evolved with the times, and used sites such as MySpace and Facebook, until it became seemingly ineffective. Currently, and due to the past growth of my readership through various venues, I primarily just post to my website and market through Twitter as well as a monthly e-newsletter.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was so refreshing to learn about Smashwords when I was looking into some work by a colleague whom I respect. The traditional route of publishing (a book-length manuscript) has proven to be a tedious process which has offered very little feedback. Since I tend to produce poetry which is current-events oriented, I often have a sense of urgency about getting my subject-matter out there. As an indie author, I can set my own deadlines and publish on my own terms.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like many independent authors, I only write when I can, which happens in-between everything else--work, parenting, school activities, housework and other obligations. Whenever possible, I love getting outside for fresh air and inspiration!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find many books via social media, book reviews in magazines, and/or word-of-mouth.
What is your writing process?
I tend to write my poems by hand, and then edit them while typing them up on the computer. I always print out a final version for my file cabinet, and keep computerized documents ready to go for individual submissions or to post on my website or publish as a full book-length manuscript once I have enough material.
How do you approach cover design?
Nature photos are my favorites, and I take all my own cover pictures and edit them myself.
Published 2017-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Learning from Pompeii
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,450. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Who doesn't need the occasional reminder to "Seize the Day!"? In her latest chapbook, Learning from Pompeii, Poet Samantha Terrell urges the Reader to reflect upon issues such as mortality, and consider new ways to act upon opportunity. Download your copy of Learning from Pompeii, and find new inspiration. As the Roman Poet, Horace, would say...carpe diem!
Love One Another
Price: Free! Words: 1,260. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Love One Another is an e-book adaptation from Poet, Samantha Terrell's prayer journal for children and teens, released in 2016, via her website. This epic poem with biblical references to history, names, places and common stories, was designed for children and teens, but may appeal to readers of all ages.
Divine Aspirations
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
As the title suggests, Divine Aspirations, consists of poetry that hints at the spiritual and explores the journey of our common humanity. Rather than asking the Reader to conform to a certain set of religious principles, Divine Aspirations offers the Reader an opportunity to explore relationships and the world around them with a fresh perspective.
Disgracing Lady Justice
Price: Free! Words: 2,850. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Disgracing Lady Justice is a poetry chapbook by contemporary poet Samantha Terrell, comprised of poems which stir the reader to consider the current state of American politics, and offers opportunity for reflection on civil liberties and rights.
Coffee for Neanderthals
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Coffee for Neanderthals is a poetry chapbook by contemporary poet Samantha Terrell, written in response to the archaic mindset of complacency which has contributed to current events and world affairs.
Compartmentalize This
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Compartmentalize This, is a chapbook-length collection of poetry by contemporary American poet, Samantha Terrell, which includes poems that explore social issues, inequality, emotional integrity, global awareness and philosophy.