Who is Samantha Underwood? Where is she from?
Good question, I’m have to Samantha Underwood is…. I’m from Flint, Michigan, but I’ve lived so long in Atlanta that I might as well say that I’m from Atlanta. Hell, I even have a southern accent.
2. Why did you want to start a lesbian book series?
Um, odd enough as it sounds when I wrote the first book I had no idea it was going to be a series. Then when I started writing Miami it just took off from there. I wanted to tell my story in a different way. Each book in the love after series represents a period of time from me. Its like a living diary. The other part is that I wanted to give the community something different to read. As a black reader I don’t want to always read material about the struggle or the super typical characters, and I didn’t want to write it either. I wrote my books so that any woman of any race could read it and find that it was a good story.
3. What are some challenges that you face when writing and trying to get more viewers to read?
I think that for younger people writing is a thing of the past, but sex sells no matter the generation. Mainly, I think visuals help. This generation loves flash and passion and that fuels a lot of my ideas. The hardest part is keeping the audience’s attention between books. Unlike a tv show, once the book is written the next one may not be for another year or so. So you have to figure out how to keep your artist entertained. Its like when a musician comes out with a Grammy winning album you have to promote it until the fire burns out.
4. When did you first realize you had a passion for writing?
I started writing when I was younger. When I was in middle school I wrote a screenplay for an English project. I used to keep a book of poetry with me at all times. I wrote songs to Brian McKnight instrumentals. I played piano and the guitar when I was younger so I often wrote songs, but it was a lot harder to record on a keyboard on cassette tapes. I’m an 80’s baby so having to rewind the cassette tape when you make a mistake could get frustrating. But I kept finding different ways for an outlet. So I wrote and I wrote, and eventually it turned into a book.
5. Would you say writing is more of an escape for you, sense of imagination, visioning other peoples perspectives? Like what makes you a great writer?
I think writing is a form of journal, and it definitely takes a lot of creativity to get past the initial idea and actually finish the damn story. Sometimes I may write something from someone else’s perspective and just put the extra emotion in there. I mean we all want to know what someone is thinking, so I just put it into the writing.
6. As far as writing, who are some of your favorite writers/authors?
I like authors like Dan Brown, I’m a fan of Shonda Rhimes.
7. What would you consider as a memorable moment as to writing you book series?
The most memorable moment was when L.A. hit #9 on the erotica list on amazon.
8. How long have you been in the business of writing and doing graphics?
I’ve been doing graphics since 2008. I mean it probably started before then. I used to design profile pics when I first started.
9. Where can we find your books and get hard copies from?
You can find my book on amazon.com and search my name under the author. You can also request my book at Barnes and Noble in store. I will be at the Atlanta Black Pride Festival so I’ll be selling paperback copies there as well.
10. How can Unsigned Female Artists help with your book series?
I think we can help each other. Writers are no different from musicians/female rappers. Our creative process is the same. I think the female rap community doesn’t take the industry into their hands enough. Some of them do and they take off. I think if artists and writers got together and brainstormed or fed off of that creative energy then I think we could bring more positivity to the community. I think it would also make writing look cool again. Rappers are sometimes songwriters, but at the end of the day they are storytellers. Hell, I put music in my writing. I think UFA can help create that forum for writers to be able to vibe with artists and bring us into the new generation.
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Twitter: @loveafterseries @only1scorpio @scorpiosgraphx
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