Samantha Terrell interview
When did your love of books begin?
Growing up in a large family with parents who were well-read, I was surrounded by books from birth. I don’t think it was an option to NOT become a book lover. :)
When did you start to have the wish to become an author?
Maybe it’s normal as a writer, I had a distinct love of writing (which I would differentiate from a love of reading, by the way), from a really young age...probably as soon as I could hold a pencil. Before I even knew how to write alphabet letters, I “wrote” stories on everything as scribbles. Like young artists probably love to doodle pictures, I was born with a love to scribble out my thoughts!
How have you found the process for becoming an author?
As most writers know, the process of becoming published is sometimes pure joy, and sometimes complete drudgery. But it is a labor of love that is a necessary part of being a successful writer. I started out blogging and making handcrafted chapbooks, and I’ve dabbled in self-publishing my own eBooks. My focus on getting published in chapbooks, journals, and lit mags comes in waves, depending on how many other projects I have going. My first two paperback books were published by small, indie presses – JC STUDIO Press (Scotland), and Potter’s Grove Press (USA) – both of whom were delightful to work with. Ultimately, I just keep an eye out for publications and presses that are a good fit for my writing.
What would you say to those wanting to become an author?
Wanting to become an author should follow your love of writing, naturally, and never the other way around. Becoming a published writer is a lot of work and quite often, not monetarily profitable. This is the reality of a writing career, so a person needs to be committed to their craft, first. Then, the work of getting published and dealing with rejections is easier. And, finally, when the hard work pays off, it makes success even sweeter!
Tell us about your book/books:My first full collection – Vision, and Other Things We Hide From – Vision, and Other Things We Hide From
Keeping Afloat Keeping Afloat Keeping Afloat
Simplicity, and Other Things We Overcomplicate
What do you love about the writing/reading community?
I have found the writing community on social media to be supportive and kind. It is a very collaborative opportunity for what is often very solitary work. I am grateful for the many folks I have been able to connect with on Twitter, such as “Feed My Reads” and many others!
If you could say anything to your readers what would it be?
Where can people connect with you?
My website is: www.SamanthaTerrell.com and I am on Twitter @honestypoetry.