I am so happy to have Samantha Tonge visiting Cindy’s Book Binge today.
Samantha Tonge has a new book out today, I loved this book and was very happy to take part in her book tour yesterday.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
- I think you need a huge ego – but coupled with a generous dollop of self-doubt. I always hit a stage, with each novel, where my ego gets out of control and I think it is a book that is going to change the world! But this excites me, pushes me forwards – and let’s face it, if a writer doesn’t believe in themselves, then no one will. However, I also hit a stage where I think my book is pants and this makes me work even harder. Eventually, I settle somewhere in between the two extremes. This is healthy!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Above everything, just be yourself. Listen to your own writing voice. Keep a crafty eye on the market – you do want to sell – but write from the heart. And don’t stress about the years of rejection – they are a valuable part of your apprenticeship.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I very much remember, at Junior school, being able to make fellow pupils laugh and feeling empowered by this. I was shy with adults. Never the pretty one. But laughter, amongst family and friends, was my thing. Perhaps that is why my books are humorous!
What did you edit out of this book?”
Um, *clears throat*, SEX. A few sections more graphic than my readers are used to. I thoroughly enjoyed writing them but did cringe a little on the edit!
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
An owl – not because I think I’m intelligent, but because I think I have a face that encourages people to tell me their secrets and life stories… and I listen. It’s very important for an author to just… listen.
A wise old owl sat in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
Thanks so much for visiting us today!