I'm pleased to continue my author interview series with another self-published writer today.
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Samantha has always enjoyed writing and grew up with a lot of little kids around due to her huge extended family. It made sense to write a children's book, and since she is also a teacher she wanted it to be a book that kids could enjoy, while also learning. Thus, Zertle the Turtle was born. After she wrote the Zertle books she wanted to branch out, which led to her writing Brewed with Love.
Some interesting facts about Samantha:
1) She is married and has a son.
2) She has two older brothers and a younger sister
3) She teaches fourth-grade language arts
4) She has two adorable cats named Apollo and Minerva
5) She has nine aunts and uncles on her mom's side and 3 on her dad's side.
6) She loves Doctor Who, Gilmore Girls, and Harry Potter
When Julie left Derek at the altar, he thought he would never be happy again. Julie thought she would never get over the guilt.
Jilted. Happy. Pained. In love. Meet Derek.
Jilter. Editor. Passionate. New love. Meet Julie.
Julie left Derek at the altar. They've both moved on. Their lives will continue to connect in ways they never expected.
Sophie. Simon. The two people who will bring Derek and Julie back into each other's lives.
They all get a happily ever after...but who will end up with who?
Who are you and what do you write?
My name is Sam Hardin. I write a lot of different things. Currently, I have published 2 children's books and an adult romance novel. In the works are another children's book, a New Adult Contemporary Novel, and a Middle-Grade time travel/historical fiction novel.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
The earliest memory I have of writing is when I was about 8-years-old. I wrote a story called The Wild and Crazy Animals. I was actually on vacation in Atlanta, Georgia at the time. I don't really remember what inspired me to write the story. Boredom maybe. But I remember how proud I felt, and I read it aloud to everyone.
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
It's been a fun journey. It started at 8 and never really stopped. I remember in eighth grade we had to write a series of writing pieces and that really reinvigorated my love for writing. That's also the first time a teacher told me I had a talent for writing.
Throughout high school, I continued writing. I attempted to write several different novels but was never able to finish any of them. When college came, my writing output dropped because of how busy I was. Once I graduated however I started getting back into writing. About a year after graduating, I published my first book, Zertle the Crime-Fighting Turtle: The Pumpkin Patch Snatch. About a year later, I published Zertle the Crime-Fighting Turtle: The Tale of the Snail Mail. In April of this year, I published Brewed with Love.
During this time I have also been working on a third children's book, a New Adult novel, and a Middle-Grade novel.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
The hardest part is formatting documents. I hate it. If one small thing is off it can have major consequences. The most enjoyable part has been hearing reactions to my work. I wrote Zertle for kids to have fun so it's awesome when someone tells me their child wants to read it again and again.
Would you go back and change anything?
No. I've loved the process so far. I'm looking forward to continuing the journey.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10? Or, what are your plans for the future?
In 5 years I would like to have my middle-grade novel traditionally published. I'm in the process of looking for a literary agent and I am hoping to find someone who I will work well with. In ten years, I hope to have even more books written, and I hope my books make a difference in someone's life.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Keep trying. You're going to feel frustrated and you're going to get rejected. It's all part of the process. Just keep trying.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? - Depends. On a burger, ketchup. On a deli sandwich, mayo.
Night or Day? - Day. I'm typically in bed between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Inside or Outside? - Inside.
Dogs or Cats? - Both! I had dogs growing up and I have 2 cats now.
Twitter or Facebook? - Facebook for keeping up with friends and family. Twitter for interacting with other writers.
Ebook or Paperback? - Depends. I love the feeling of holding a Paperback, but sometimes Ebooks are easier.
Sun or Rain? - Sun
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? - Keyboard
Comedy or Drama? - Comedy
Chips or Chocolate? - Chocolate. Although I do love Funyuns
Zertle the Crime-Fighting Turtle: The Pumpkin Patch Snatch
Zertle is just your average turtle. If by average you mean the greatest crime-fighting turtle detective the world has ever seen! He solves crimes - slowly. And he needs your help! Travel along with Zertle as he solves the mystery of the Pumpkin Patch Snatch!
This is a special kind of book where the kids get to draw the illustrations! Read along with your child as they draw the exciting action exactly how they see it.
Zertle the Crime-Fighting Turtle: The Tale of the Snail Mail
In Zertle's second adventure, he must help Marty the Mailman figure out who took his mailbag. Follow Zertle as he is given three suspects and discovers three clues. Can you help Zertle solve the mystery? Draw in your own pictures along the way.
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