Interview with Samantha W. Ripley

When did you first start writing?
I think I was ten years old when I first grabbed a pen. That story was really dizzy and it was full with the same words over and over again. I just enjoyed writing down my thoughts even though it was just a great big of a mess at the beginning. I had too much thoughts.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on a love story right now. The project name is "Last Hope" and one of my friends working on the illustration for it. She is really talented I can tell you that. So sadly this new book based on my expriences... partly of course but Sam the main character and me are the same. She is an outcast, I was an outcast when I was younger and when it looks like that she finally has luck and she even fell for her savior (like pretty badly) it turns that the hero has already have a girlfriend. I was in this situation a million times that's what give the idea for Sam's story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can be somewhere else when I'm writing. Don't tell anybody but sometimes I fell in love with my own characters and I can hate them as well.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think when somebody has fans it's just the joy of life that you know somebody out there is interested about how you see the world. It's a privilage. Really.
What are you working on next?
Well I still have to finish "The Last Hope" but my next project is already in my mind. It's gonna be a fantasy journey. I already started the preperations for it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Great question. I've got a lot of them but my main favorites are Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens, Tolkien, Rowling, Conan Doyle, Paolini, Capote, Chaucer. They had the biggest impact on me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life really. The joy of seeing the trees, nature... the people. I want to accomplish so many things and although it's not an easy way but I always knew what I want. There are goals I have to reach.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well my other love is for films. I really want to be in the film industry and I'm doing everything to get in there. I love music as well and I have a passion about animals. Especially for snakes and owls. Steve Irwin was my idol and well he always will be. And of course I love reading. :)
How do you approach cover design?
I have a really good friend who is really talented. She is a true artist and I love her works. She has a different way to see the world and I think that is just amazing. She can understand me and understand the way how I want the things to be done. For example when I wrote a character down I always make a decision who would play that character in the movie. I really love Benedict Cumberbatch so in some way he is always there in my stories and my friend knows that no matter how much role Benedict gets in my book she has to put him on the cover. And she knows perfectly what cover would be perfect for my stories.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've grown up on the Harry Potter books. They had the biggest impact on me. They will be my favorites, always :). Tolkien is my other company. Middle-Earth, Bilbo Baggins, Smaug etc. I'm a huge fan. And of course the one and only William Shakespeare. I love all of their books. Okay I just had enough from Romeo and Juliet but come on it's just too much. God knows how many movies and theatre plays. Come on, there's other GREAT Shakespeare dramas out there! Not just Romeo and Juliet. And I really enjoyed the Strain trilogy from Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan although it scared the s**t out of me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Of course I do! It was The Hobbit from J.R.R. Tolkien. I was eight years old when I read it. That was the moment I decided two things. 1 - I want to be with my favorite characters from it and have a lot of journeys with them. 2 - I want to write something as extraordinary as the Hobbit :)
Published 2014-01-09.
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