Hello! to Samantha Bryant
5 Questions to Know You Better…
Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?
I’m addicted to all three. I drink tea every day: British black teas in the morning and a variety of herbal and decaffeinated teas in the afternoons and evening. Coffee is a weekend treat because I like the calorific fancy ones with syrups and such, though I also indulge in a few cups of more standard coffee when I’m at a diner or meeting with my critique group. Hot chocolate is a winters-only thing for me, but I love fancy-schmancy hot chocolate from my local chocolatier, Matthew’s Chocolates.
Hot drinks are vital to my creative process. They’re so sensory: taste, smell, and feel.
Of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite?
Oh my, that’s rather like picking a favorite child, don’t you think? I love them all. Even the ones I’m supposed to dislike. I like best whichever one is cooperating with me!
I need to be deeply connected with whoever I’m writing at any given time, so right now, it’s probably Linda/Leonel Alvarez, since he is the focus of book 3, which I’m in the middle of edits for as I write this. Leonel has been through so much: raising a family, an unexpected change in gender, gaining super-strength, getting shot. But he’s remained who he is at the core throughout: a thoughtful, caring, and protective grandmother.
Do you have a particular place where you write – can you show us a picture?
I don’t have a designated writing space. No office or anything yet, though I might get one when the eldest goes off to college in a couple years. I write on a laptop, so I take it to wherever it is quiet in the house (or out of it) at the time. So, that can be almost any room of the house, really.
Most days, I seem to end up in my living room, with my feet up on the sofa and a cup of tea getting cold on a folding table nearby.
Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?
I take inspiration from my life around me all the time: the people I know, the books I read, the places I’ve been, etc. But I think that most of the ideas that develop into anything worthwhile germinate in conversations with my husband. He’s a wonderful talker, and excellent to bounce ideas with. Definitely a keeper.
My menopausal superheroes series, for example, began with me complaining to him that all the superheroes in movies seem to be teenagers, like puberty gives you superpowers. I joked that if hormones really did give superpowers, it would be menopausal women who had the corner on the market. He laughed and told me to write that down. And a book series was born!
What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?
I’m editing Face the Change, book three of the Menopausal Superhero series. It’s planned for release by Curiosity Quills on July 11, 2017.
Each book is getting better, if I do say so myself and I’m so excited to get this one out there and into the hands of readers. This time, Cindy Liu (the mad scientist/villain) gets a point of view position. It’s been exciting to get to write things from her unique perspective and see how she justifies all the questionable things she’s done.