A Q&A with Chick Lit Plus
Samantha March Q&A.
When did you know writing was for you?
I have always enjoyed writing. I began keeping a journal when I was seven and it grew from there. Poetry, short stories, songs and screenplays, it didn’t matter. I just had to get it down on paper and out of my head. Then one day I decided to sit down and actually write a book. It was the most fun I’d ever had writing.
How would you describe your books?
Sarcasm wrapped up with action, adventure and real life humor. I enjoy poking fun at myself and use those around me as inspiration for crazy real life scenarios. Having people read the book and relate to it on some level is what I aim for.
Why was Suburban Task Force a book you wanted to write?
There aren’t a lot of real life super hero’s out there for women to relate to these days. We can’t all be Angelina Jolie nor can we be Wonder Woman or Nikita. Not all of us are tall, thin, gorgeous amazon women who fight in heels. My characters take their heels off. They use practical and some not so practical tactics to get through the day and sometimes, that’s just funny.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Taking the idea in my head and getting it down on paper. I type relatively fast, but sometimes my brain is two chapters ahead of where my hands are and the thoughts get jumbled up in the process.
What are your favorite genres to read?
Mystery, Comedy, Female Sleuths, True Crime.
What do you want readers to take away from your story?
Woman can band together and make a difference. That love and friendship will get you through the toughest times and that at the end of the day it’s okay to laugh, have a glass of wine and enjoy life.
How important do you think social media is for authors these days?
Very. Without it you can easily become buried under all the great books out there. You have to find your niche and make an impact. You have to devote yourself to the idea that you are a marketing machine as much as you are a writer.
What would be your advice to aspiring writers?
Let your friends and family give you honest feedback. Try, try and try again. Most importantly, go out and buy yourself a thick skin suit because at the end of the day you can’t please everyone. You have to just know in your heart that what you’re attempting is something most people would never have the guts to do.