Personally, writing makes me more aware of people and the world in general. It also gives me a deep look into my own mind and how I perceive things. When you write you can’t switch off otherwise what you produce isn’t great.
NLK: You have four children, do you have any tips for juggling writing with everyday life?
SH: Hmm, my number one tip is to figure out what is most important to you and get that done first. I’m usually awake an hour or so before my kids so that means I get some uninterrupted writing done. Also, try using a diary! We have a family one that sits on the kitchen bench and everyone can see at a glance what they need for the day and what everyone else is up to.
NLK: How long have you been writing?
SH: On and off since I was about ten years old. Then children appeared and I focussed my attention on them. Three years ago, I suffered a serious illness and in true Hollywood fashion, I decided to chase my dream and have been writing full-time since then.
NLK: What’s been your biggest writing success so far?
SH: My blog. I’ve had it for just over a year and I’m surprised at the benefits I’m reaping. Firstly, it helped me develop relationships with other writers and readers and also made me become more disciplined as I’m committed to posting at least once a week.
NLK: What’s the biggest writing risk you have taken?
SH: On a personal level it would have to be my blog. I write as if I am speaking with someone so if people don’t respond positively I take it hard. Thankfully, my readers have been really encouraging.
NLK: What draws you to the fantasy genre?
SH: Magic. I love it. I like adding that extra element into a story and exploring the very real humanness in it. Also, the challenge of getting the reader so caught up in the story they forget for a while that dragons, magic and elves don’t really exist.
NLK: Can you briefly outline your writing process?
SH: My first drafts are written quickly and without any checking. During the first draft I also develop a Pinterest board to keep track of characters and ideas. Then editing. While editing I’ll set up my wall to keep track of character interaction.
NLK: How does writing change the writer?
SH: Personally, writing makes me more aware of people and the world in general. It also gives me a deep look into my own mind and how I perceive things. When you write you can’t switch off otherwise what you produce isn’t great. Writing is about emotion so if you’re not in touch with your own emotions, how can you write about them?
NLK: Who’s your favourite author? What’s your favourite book?
SH: Oh, this is hard! JK Rowling is always in my top five. She brought reading to the forefront for a whole generation and I love the story of Harry Potter. Favourite book…Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier had me falling in love with the fantasy genre and rethinking fantasy completely.
About Samantha House
Samantha was born in England and spent her childhood and most of her teenage years moving between there and different parts of Australia. Heartily sick of travelling, at the age of sixteen she moved to Alice Springs and stayed there for the next eleven years before settling in Western Australia with her family.
Samantha writes fantasy stories although she has been known to write the odd short story romance. With one manuscript in the final editing stages and another one half-completed, when she’s not writing you can find Samantha running around with her four children or reading wrapped up in a cosy blanket.