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My Bookish Pleasures: Welcome to My Bookish Pleasures. We would love to get to know you and your book! When did you begin writing?
Samantha: Several years ago, I discovered a journal I wrote when I was twelve years old. The first line was, “This is a story about me —nobody special. When I read those words, I felt compelled to tell the tale my younger self wanted to write. I had a rough manuscript that I kept pushing aside as more pressing stuff got in the way of finishing it —like running my business and my kids. Then when the pandemic hit, and I finally had the luxury of a lot of time on my hands to complete it.
MBP: Describe your writing process. When and where do you write?
Samantha: I have an office on the second floor of my home, where I generally write in the mid-morning. I like to feel uncluttered when I write, so when I wake up, I most often enjoy going for a walk and working out before attending to emails or any business at hand. Once I have those things cleared off of my plate, I feel ready to focus my attention on the page.
MBP: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Samantha: Blind Pony As True A Story As I Can Tell is my first book, and it’s a coming-of-age narrative intersecting themes of abuse, recovery, redemption, and forgiveness. I also regularly write essays and poetry, some of which I have published.
MBP: How did you get the idea for the book?
Samantha: My grandfather gave me a pony when I was six years old. She was a show pony whose eye got kicked in by another horse, making her blind in one eye. My pony became a metaphor for how I felt —damaged. I built the book around that theme.
MBP: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
Samantha: The most challenging aspect of writing my memoir was reliving the events I cover in the book from my childhood through young adulthood. I overcame many challenges in my young life that were, at times, tough to revisit. But in the end, I found it quite cathartic, and I feel that I was able to reclaim a tiny piece of my childhood through writing my book.
MBP: Do you find it easier to write nonfiction?
Samantha: I think fiction is much easier to write than nonfiction. You can use your imagination to go anywhere with anyone, whereas you must remain truthful with a memoir, which can be limiting.
MBP: Do you have plans to write fiction?
Samantha: I am currently writing a novel with the working title “The Capricious Life of Charlie Lane.”
MBP: What projects are you currently working on?
Samantha: Besides the novel, I am working on a collection of drawings and prose called “When I Was A Muse.”
MBP: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring nonfiction authors?
Samantha: The best advice I can offer new or aspiring nonfiction authors —really, any author —is “just commence.” Don’t delay another day because the world is waiting for what you have to say.