Today I welcome another emerging author - Samilla Roberts. Welcome, Samilla ...
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR WRITING JOURNEY.
I have been interested in writing from a young age, where I would often write short stories or poems. At the age of 11, I started to explore writing a book on saving the earth and started to write it. By the age of 14, I began writing a story, which was quite short at first. Over the next few years, I worked on it further and then left it for a while as I explored how to get my story published. Over the next few years, my focus changed to writing song lyrics which I continued to do for a few years. After that, I looked into publishing my story again and decided to work on it further. This process lasted for a couple of years and during that time, I found a publisher that I liked and signed a contract with them. Since then, I have enjoyed writing even more and have planned my next few books.
WERE YOU A GOOD READER AS A KID?
Yes, I often enjoyed reading books, especially adventure stories.
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
I have always had a passion for both reading and writing from a very young age. I started out writing very short stories and ideas. One day I had an idea and over a couple of months I wrote an entire story which had the potential to be published. Over the years I have been coming up with other ideas and improving my story to get it ready for publication. Ever since, I have continued writing regularly.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
I get a thrill from entertaining people and taking them on an adventure, while letting them escape to different places and perhaps forget about some of their worries for a little while. It is a satisfying experience to know that my work it getting out into the world.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
Coming up with fresh new ideas that are entertaining and can be made into a whole story, which flows well and at a good pace.
WHAT WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE, BEFORE YOU BECAME A WRITER?
I have grown up writing from a young age before starting a career. Other than writing, I am also a musician and a professional in the science industry. At this stage with my music, I am composing a wide variety of songs and have released five albums which are being sold worldwide in major online music stores.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WRITING ACHIEVEMENT?
Completing and going through the hurdles of getting my first book published and starting to write my next few books.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I am working on writing a few more fictional adventure novels.
WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE?
At this stage, fictional adventure stories aim at teens.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR NEW WRITERS?
Practice as much as you can, read a lot of different types of books, get active in the writing community and most of all enjoy what you do.
DO YOU SUFFER FROM WRITER’S BLOCK?
Occasionally, when that happens I take a short break to refresh my mind then come back to where I had left off.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WRITING PLACE?
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
Knowing that my work is getting out there and that I have the opportunity to inspire and entertain people and let them escape to different places without leaving their homes.
HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU PUBLISHED?
One, with a few more on the way in the next few years.
OTHER THAN WRITING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE?
I mainly enjoy composing music and writing lyrics
DID YOU HAVE YOUR BOOK / BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY EDITED BEFORE PUBLICATION?
Yes, as part of my publishing contract, complete editing was done before publication.
IF YOU HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE ENTIRE WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
Live each day to the fullest, never take anything for granted and dream big because anything is possible.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
I am planning to continue writing more books and expanding to different genres with both my writing and music. Additionally, I am also developing my scientific skills and career.
Clancy's comment: Wow, music, science and writing. That's some combination of talents. Keep going ...