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I’m happy to participate in Follow Fest 2014. It's always good to make some new blogger friends and learn about their work. Here is a little bit about me and what I am working on.
Name: Samantha Bryant
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction
What genres do you write? Women's Issues Fiction, Historical Fiction, Speculative Fiction (superhero and weird science fiction)
Are you published? My first book, Going Through the Change, will come out with Curiosity Quills in early 2015. I've also got some stories, poems, and essays out there.
Do you do anything in addition to writing? I'm a mom and a teacher, so when you add writing to that, too, there's not time for much else. I do like to bake and hike though, and watch old movies.
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a small town girl at heart, though I've spent time in some large places. I've got the heart of a wanderer, but the pocketbook of a schoolteacher, so I don't get to travel as much as I'd like. I married into gaming and find that I love it (we're marathon-gaming for ExtraLife again this year). Like my character, Patricia, I'm fond of a good graphic organizer.
What are you reading right now? Like my friend, Elizabeth Hein, I'm always reading several things at the same time, in a variety of formats. On audiobook, I've got Dracula by Bram Stoker going right now. On Kindle, I'm starting Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. In paperback, I've got The Book of Bart by my fellow Literary Marauder Ryan Hill. My younger daughter and I are reading the Bad Kitty series by Nick Bruel together. I'm also beta-reading a couple of novels for my writing friends. If you'd like to talk books, let's meet up on Goodreads.
Which authors influenced you the most? Neil Gaiman, Patricia Clapp, Oscar Wilde, Amy Tan, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Seth Grahame-Smith, Charlotte Brontë, Tom Stoppard, Diane Ackerman, Stan Lee, Jean Rhys, Li-Young Lee, Garth Ennis. I'm an omnivore when it comes to literature. I love mixing of genres and work that plays in the spaces left by other writers.
Where can people connect with you?
Insecure Writers Support Group the first Wednesday of every month. I recently joined the Women's Fiction Writers Association and am very excited about getting involved with them. I love a good blog hop and supporting other writers, so let me know if you've got anything going!