Interview with Samantha David

Published 2014-04-20.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually, it Tommy, patting my eyelids to tell me that the alarm clock has gone off and would I please get going with the cat food. And then Bella starts running round in circles suggesting that walkies would be good. And then everyone else wakes up, and there's no point in trying to sneak off back to bed! I love sleeping though, and quite often take sneaky naps on the sofa.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of daydreaming, because you have to create your plot, and know your characters and their world inside out before you actually sit down at the computer and start typing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Pure chance, just by nosing around until something catches my attention.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a ghost story for Blue Peter and I won a badge for it.
What is your writing process?
I have everything mapped out in my mind, all the characters, the whole plot, everything. Then I draw it all out on index cards, chapter by chapter. Then I have a typing frenzy to get the first draft typed out in as little as three weeks. After that, there are months and months of re-writes and edits and more dreaming to add depth and background details.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I honestly can't remember learning to read. But I do remember loving Noel Streatfield's books.
How do you approach cover design?
Nightmare. I'm not a visual artist, so this is a hard one for me and I have to get all the help I can.
Describe your desk
It's reasonably tidy, but the wall behind it is cluttered with sketches, photos, ideas, notes and memos. There is cat hair everywhere because Tom likes to lounge about on the printer, and the keyboard has almost no letters left on it. (Luckily I touch type.)
When did you first start writing?
I've always written stories, ever since I was a small child.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently writing about a donkey called Achiles. He has a reasonably nutty mistress and she is totally exasperated with her impractical husband. But I suspec that he will do almost anything to prove that he loves her...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when people write saying they couldn't put a book down, and it kept them up all night giggling under the covers!
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