- an author of fantasy and adventure, mother, wife, and nerd from Northern California
Readers! Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to Samantha Evans!
Samantha Evans is a fantasy fiction author, mother, wife, and nerd from Northern California. She has three children. All ages range from 6 and a half years old to age 3.
Samantha has a degree in Child Development from Humboldt State University. But she’s had a hobby of writing books since she was a little girl. In 2019 she wrote her first book, Ella. Discovered on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, it now has almost 140 reviews on Amazon.
She’s also an advocate for people who have Russel Silver Syndrome and epilepsy.
Samantha, thanks for agreeing to be here today. While most interviews start off with bios and such, and while I’ll get to that as always, let’s start with the important stuff!
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
A dragon! I love dragons. I see them as beautiful creatures. Ella in my first book is a dragon. She is witty and loyal. Best pet to ever have! 😉
Oooh! Dragons are classics for a reason. Now I’m excited to read and meet Ella.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
Fantasy fiction is the way to go! I love creating words, and getting the reader into these worlds, and have them all interested.
I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was a little girl. But, it took until 2019 for me to write and finish my first book, Ella.
Definite my favorite genre, for those very reasons! And, I, too, was a writerly little girl.
What do you like to read?
Series! Like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Outlander, Bridgerton….so many series!
Ha! To be a lover of fantasy fiction, is always hard for those few who hate series. Once we commit to a world, we usually just want more!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
You should write in [this style].
It’s how you write! When readers from other countries review, sometimes they do not like a certain writing style. But, all writers are different.
So true. A writer’s voice is the most personal aspect of their stories (or at least, one of the most personal aspects). Like a fingerprint, it’s hard to reproduce well. And, if you don’t like a writer’s voice, the story is just probably a bad fit for you. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad story!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
Get. An. Editor.
This is more specifically for the self-published author, but: If you are a self-published author then find a trustworthy person who is an editor, and can depict and understand your writing style!
Definitely! On all those counts. Just because you find a good editor, doesn’t mean that they’re right for your story. Make sure they edit in your genre and that their editing style has you feeling like your writing looks better, rather than wanting to argue with every editorial note..
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Check out Samantha’s latest novel, The Dragon Master, book one of The Journey series, just released May 3rd, 2021:
Arabella is a girl of high standing, and her father wants her to marry someone she barely knows. But she wants to be someone more than just a member of the court.
With the help of some new friends and her curiosity, will she get her to wish to become what she wants, or will there be barriers along the way.
Samantha’s first series is the complete trilogy of The Land of the Four Series is out, (plus, a companion book, because Fantasy).
We’re introduced to The Land of the Four in Ella.
Prince Liam of Derzeli believes differently in what honor means. King Breen, Liam’s father, and Cullen, Liam’s brother, believe that real greatness is achieved once they slay a dragon. Liam thinks that dragons are majestic and do not deserve to die. King Breen, Liam’s father, brings Liam along on an expedition to slay a dragon.\
On one of the nights of the journey, Liam rescued a dragon’s egg. Liam decides to care for it, and it hatches on Liam’s birthday. Tragedy strikes, which leads to Liam having to leave Derzeli, and Liam goes on the run with the help of Ella, the dragon. Ella helps him escape and runs to a barren wasteland, where he saw himself to becoming a hermit for the rest of his life. But due to an event happening with the help of a new friend and a childhood friend, Liam has no choice but to return home. He has to decide to run away from his destiny, or embrace it, the chance of a king.
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