When she's not writing, she works full time and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Her guilty pleasures include reality television, the Food Network channel and shoes. She truly believes she can accomplish anything if she has the right pair of shoes. Samantha loves writing and publishing her work and is in awe of the technological advances of our lives. With all of the genres there are for a reader, she has learned that writing paranormal and horror lets her share all the weirdness of everyday life in a not-so-everyday way. The foundation of a good story is all around her. All she has to do is....breathe.
How long have you been writing?
The prerequisite “all my life”, but I became serious about it four years ago.
What’s your story about?
Wingspan is a story of two girls finding themselves, finding each other, and finding they led not-so-different lives after all.
What genre would you consider your book?
Sci-Fi fantasy and crossover paranormal
Give me some insight into your main character.
She has led a sheltered life, which she’s been abruptly torn from, and has had to grow up in a hurry. When her father starts acting funny and then disappears, she finds she has strength she didn’t know she possessed. And a super cute boyfriend. J
What makes your book different from others in its genre?
I have not seen a sci-fi merging with paranormal and genetics at the same time.
What inspired you to write your book?
Funnily enough, a news story I heard about the persecution of red-heads or “gingers” in the United Kingdom.
How did you come up with the title?
It makes me think of spreading your wings and broadening your horizons, in more ways than one.
What’s your favorite part of it, without giving anything away of course?
The romantic interludes, in the most extreme of circumstances, are swoon-worthy. Love blossoms in the oddest places, even when you are on the run for your life.
Tell me about your writing process.
What do you find most difficult about writing?
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
Writer’s block is a staple of the author life. I hate when the tap turns off and I have to wait for the water to get warm again. So far, it always has.
Are you a full-time writer?
No. Not yet, anyway.
What are your writing ambitions?
Well, to become a full-time writer, for one. And to travel the country doing book signings, for another. I love connecting personally with people who connected with me and my written word.
Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes?
I am not even close to an outliner. I never know where the story will go until I lift the laptop lid. The characters know where they want to go; they rarely tell me ahead of time.
What is your favorite book?
Impossible to answer.
Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
Too many to mention. The talent out there is mind-boggling.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
I am both, actually. Seven of my ten books are published with independent houses. The three short horror story collections are self-published. I sometimes think having an agent might be nice, but not enough to pursue it with vigor. I like the three publishing houses with which I am affiliated now, and am happy with the way all of them have treated me as an author and as a friend.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Get thick skin. Seriously, like a lizard. The rejection is stunning, but necessary. You don’t improve until you are given a reason to. And for me, every rejection leads to breakthroughs I don’t think ever would have happened otherwise.
If you could have dinner with any person dead or alive who would it be?
I think it would be great fun to share a meal with Ann Rice.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?
For me, writing is my fun. But I am also a wife and mother and that takes a lot of time too!
What's your biggest fear? Spiders, drowning, a life unfulfilled
If you were on death row, what would you choose for a final meal? OMG, I have ALWAYS known this answer! Black pepper filet mignon, grilled asparagus, spaghetti squash, a wedge salad, and tiramisu for dessert. Mai-tais and tequila sunrises to drink
What is your biggest pet peeve? Unmade beds
If you knew you could get away with anything without consequence, what would you do? Rob a bank.
What is your biggest regret in life? That I didn’t start publishing earlier.
If you had Doctor Who's TARDIS, what time would you travel to?
When men wore hats and women wore gloves.
Why? The gentility of the era, the hopefulness coming out of a war, the newborn birth of the American middle class
What is the best present you ever received? My husband bought me this laptop on which I write as a birthday present after my first book was published. I have written nine more on it.
What's your secret guilty pleasure movie you don't want to admit you love? The Blues Brothers. My brother and I can recite it as it plays. Like, word for word.
What is your most prized material possession? I love my wedding ring. I loved it the day I got it, fifteen years ago, and I love it even more today.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
Did you fall for one of my characters? Girl crush or hot flash? I have to know!
Where can we find you?
Here are all my goodies:
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Combs-Fan-Page/205186202866933
Samantha Combs, award winning author of nine published books, and some really cool short stories published in some really cool places
(Dark Moon Digest, Dark Eclipse magazine, and Smoke and Mirrors podcasts)
Check out her other books:
SPELLBOUND, EVERSPELL, GHOSTLY, THE DETENTION DEMON, WATERDANCER, TEETH AND TALONS, WAY PAST MIDNIGHT, HELLOWEEN, and THE DEADLIES.
WINGSPAN, available Winter 2013