Interview with Samuel Omega Salt, author of “PK: Preacher’s Kid”

A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?

I cannot speak for anybody else. I feel socially ineptness is in all of us to one degree or another.

Do all authors have to be grammar Nazis?

I for one could not diagram a sentence to save my soul, constructive criticism is always help. That’s way I seek help from more than one person or source. Being a bully is never wanted in any way shape or form.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

A Time to Kill or To Kill a Mockingbird: humanistic side of social classes. (Rich – poor, upper education vs. high school or less. White collar – blue collar. )

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

It’s a story based on true events. A look inside a preacher’s kid life.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Have your fact straight should always be important.

What inspires you to write?

I like the freedom to be creative.

How often do you write?

Once a day for no more than three hours.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?

A little of both. I write my thoughts and tweak it from there.

How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?

Not very, but ideas do change through the writing process.

Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?

2000 words or more each time I write.

Do you think writers have a normal life like others?

If they don’t they should.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

I make an outline but still allow myself lots of freedom in developing the story.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

Poof reading, grammar and punctuation.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

When the book is in print.

Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?

Go work out, take a walk, if all else fails a good stiff drink.

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

Stayed true to your beliefs and goals in whatever you are writing. Don’t do it half ass. Seek help when needed.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

It must be eye catching. If you are a long time writer or a novice, the cover must tell a story also.

Have you ever designed your own book cover?

I designed the entire book. Cover to cover.

How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing?

Par for the course… with your help that won’t happen.

Tell us about your writing style, how is it different from other writers?

I don’t know if I have a style, I write the way I talk in public speaking.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?

As much as I can without revealing my true identity. I need to maintain my anonymity.

Are there any books that you are currently reading and why?

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. I saw the movie Tom Cruise played Jack Reacher. Liked the movie, so I thought I would read one of his books.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

I’m now working on completing volume II. It is proving to be more difficult to write than volume I. Writing about the second person I have ever fallen in love with and the death of my Father are still very close to the surface. (I also lost my sister Ariel in January 2016) Many a day tears blind me from seeing the keyboard clearly and the shadows of melancholy over power me.

It is often believed that almost all writers have had their hearts broken at some point in time, does that remain true for you as well?

To new to know, no literary agent as offered to representative me. Does that count?

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Putting all my thoughts into readable understanding sentences.

Is it true that anyone can be a writer?

I believe every body as at least one good story to tell – write.

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