Friday, 31 May 2013

Guest Author Interview - Kelly Samarah

I might be in the office tomorrow, but I still have that Friday feeling :-) In today's guest author interview we meet Kelly Samarah.



Please introduce yourself, who are you and what do you do?
My name is Kelly Samarah and I am a writer and I also dabble in acrylic painting. I am a single mom who would love to make writing my profession, but I still have to work that nine to five (or three to midnight) to take care of my family.I write when I get a chance, which is usually very easrly in the morning before the kids are up and before the day has taken it's toll on me.

What first inspired you to start writing?
I've always been a writer, but if I had to pinpoint an exact moment in time it would probably be when I was in second grade and my teacher Mrs. Winterbourne would read my stories to the class. She would always pull me aside later and tell me to keep writing because I has a natural gift. That has always stuck with me.

Which is more important to you, reading or writing?
This is a tough question because I don't think it's one or the other. Both are so important! I would say they are both equally important.

What is your favourite song lyric?
Hhhmmm...how about one I really like? Flight of the Conchords Sello Tape: Brown paper white paper, put it together with the tape, the tape of love. the sticky stuff.

If you could work with any author, who would it be and why?
Alive or dead? That's tough. I choose Neal Shusterman because his writing and imagination is very similiar to mine.

How do you get in the mood for writing?
I usually pace the house, thinking, listen to some music and read through things I have written.

What advice would you give new and aspiring authors?
Get lots of feedback from people who are brutally honest, and fight the urge to dismiss what they have to say just because you don't like it. Feedback is imperative.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on two stories in the YA/fantasy genre. One is being posted chapter by chapter to my blog each week, the other is just being played around with at the moment.

Tell us about your latest work and how we can find out more.
You can find out all about me and my work by visiting my blog: http://kellysamarah.com

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