Sam T Willis

Biography

Sam T Willis writes stories like ninjas skulk around in the dark: constantly. Most of them disappear into that place where short term memories go instead of becoming long term ones, but occasionally he manages to pin one down before it escapes. When he's not pursuing an endless procession of characters and scenes through the catacombs of his brain, he’s chasing the diminutive demons that are his son and daughter through the recesses of their house in Schenectady, NY. When these two worlds collide, one question arises: “Daddy, why do you make up this crazy stuff?” The first round of Sam’s “crazy stuff,” his short story “Break,” is available in eBook form at various vendors across the web.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was eight years old, and part of the third grade curriculum included creative writing time. They'd give us little prompts and we'd go wild on them. I started finishing the actual assignments early so I could work on my masterpiece, the epic struggle of a team of plucky ninjas and their seemingly endless gun battles against a nameless foe that I couldn't actually be bothered to come up with. Ninjas kept falling in the "crushing machine," which was obviously very dangerous, but they'd always escape just in time. The only other plot point I remember clearly was that the ninja team, after some adventure somewhere, returned to their base to find their comrade, let's just call him "Embarrassing fake Asian name," was wounded in a horrible and non-specific way. They fixed him up with remarkable speed, and he was the main character thereafter.
How do you approach cover design?
It starts with an image in my head. I can't stand having people on my book covers, I feel like that takes away from suspension of disbelief, so I like to grab on to some powerful, mood-setting image. With "Beaten" I just kept coming back to a trail of blood footprints in the snow. To make the cover I made some "blood" out of water and food coloring, waited for a nice snowy day, then trekked up an unblemished hill, sloshing out a bit of "blood" every step or so. Then I came down the other side of the hill and started taking pictures. A little bit of Photoshop magic, and a lot of workshopping, later I had my cover.
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Where to find Sam T Willis online

Twitter: bokkenmonkey
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Books

Beaten
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,380. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A high pitched tone keeps Nathan Werner up at night, and the only other person who can hear it is an ultraviolent psychopath. It seems Nate and his fellow recruits are an experiment, the next advancements in defense technology, and he could become a suspiciously obedient bloodthirsty berserker at any moment. Can they really make him murder against his will? Can they beat him if he doesn't give up?
Break
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,580. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Bussing tables, court-ordered therapy, a thousand prescription pills. Ian Kensington is alone, save for the phantom footsteps and whispers that are always behind him. They’re not real, like the draft notice he got in the mail. But the army knocks on his door anyways, promising to quiet the voices that have plagued him since childhood. Why would they help him? What kind of army are they raising?

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