Author Interview – Samantha Adair – Rough Seas

Tell me a bit about who you are.

Samantha Adair
Samantha Adair

I’m married with two children and two golden retrievers. I’m a freelance copywriter, editor and author, and live on the north coast of Sydney, Australia.

When did you first WANT to write a book?

I was always writing little stories since primary school age. I remember writing one called ‘The Day in the Life of a Telephone’ whic was truly a masterpiece!

When did you take a step to start writing?

In my mid to late 30’s I had a scene pop into my head and thought “this needs to be written down”. That thought turned into 80,000 words, and though it is still unpublished… maybe one day it’ll go out!

How long did it take you to complete your first book from the first idea to release?

The first book I actually published took about 18 months.

How long did it take you to complete your latest book from the first idea to release

Rough Seas took about 8-12 months. Before anyone else reads it, I like to make sure its exactly how I want it.

Focusing on your latest release. What made you want to write Rough Seas?

I write a series, so I wanted to explore my main characters demons a little more and watch what happens, so I put him back in the place that haunts him most.

What were your biggest challenges with writing Rough Seas?

It hits close to home when exploring PTSD and consequences of it.

Who or what inspired you when creating your Protagonist?

He is a mixture of real people I know and fictious people from books. He’s strong, strong but also has internal battles and weaknesses. It’s his flaws that make him human.

Who or what inspired you when creating your Antagonist?

Each book has a different antagonist. They are inspired by, but exagerated versions of, people I have come across in life.

What is the inciting incident of Rough Seas?

In Rough Seas, the wife of a powerful man is found dead.

What is the main conflict of Rough Seas?

Rough Seas Samantha Adair
Rough Seas, Samantha Adair

My main character Tom’s inner demons,  and also power and those who want it.

Did you plot your book in advance, or fly by the seat of your pants and write freely?

I do both, plotting the main points and ideas before free writing until I get it right.

Did you get support with editing, and how much editing did Rough Seas need?

I always us an editor because while I usually write a fairly clean manuscript, I always like fresh eyes see it.

What is the first piece of writing advice you would give to anyone inspired to write a story?

Write it down!

Can you give me a hint about any further books you’re planning to write?

Tthe Tom Grant Series has a lot more to come, So stay tuned…

And, finally, are your proud of your accomplishment? Was it worth the effort

I am proud to have written four books so far, and I am currently writing the fifth. I am proud that my readers have enjoyed them because making something people enjoy is the main goal.

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