MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CB SAMET!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
CB Samet. I write thrillers, suspense, and adventure.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My current release—Gray Horizon—is a thriller book about an emergency room physician with a dangerous past that comes back to haunt her. On vacation she is cornered by the mercenary who tried to kill her nine years ago in Africa.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Growing up, I loved to read Michael Crichton, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy. I want to create a similar level of adventure with female heroines.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did a great deal of online research on nuclear weapons, electromagnetic pulse, satellites and drones. I am probably on an FBI watch list based on my internet searches.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Dr. Whyte Adventure series comprise three separate full-length novels of the physician’s adventures. In the first novel, Black Gold, Lillian is kidnapped by oil thieves while on a medical mission trip to Africa. In the second novel, Whyte Knight, Lillian finds herself entangled in her husband’s CIA work when terrorists seize a biological weapon. The most recent book in this series, Gray Horizon, sweeps Lillian into a nuclear threat.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Whyte Knight and Gray Horizon are tied for favorites. I love the villain in Whyte Knight more, but the character development in Gray Horizon is awesome.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I started the first book back in medical school with the idea of a burned out physician escaping her hectic work-life imbalance with a medical mission trip. Her life is put in perspective when she is kidnapped by oil thieves. The second book was inspired by ongoing terrorists threats we face. The last novel was written during recent North Korea nuclear weapons’ testing.
Was it always meant to become a series?
It works wonderfully as books that can stand alone but also shows character growth through the series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
As a physician, a typical working day is patient care from eight to five. I write in the evenings, on planes during trips, and on the weekends. I take a notebook wherever I go so I can write anywhere. I don’t have a daily word count goal for writing as long as I put pen to paper every day.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I have another series in progress—The Rider Files. Books 1 and 2 have gotten great reviews so I’m working hard to get book 3 done.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
My character names are very mood driven but without specific, individual meaning.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas stem from some combination of life experiences and an overactive imagination. My husband is phenomenal for bouncing ideas off of as well.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I also have a fantasy series I’m working on (The Avant Champion), though it has a similar theme to my other novels: ‘she needed a hero, so she became one’. The first book in the fantasy series won second place for fantasy in the 2017 EVVY awards. Book 2 is complete, and I’m working on Book 3.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
With a full time job and two kids, finding the time to write is challenging.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have experimented with book trailers. They are another cost in a long list of marketing tactics. I have a few up on Instagram I made using Ripl.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In my writing, my best accomplishment was my EVVY award. I’m hoping to top that with Gray Horizon with great reviews and happy readers.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I love creating stories that take readers on an adventure.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to have many more books published.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I’ve been writing since high school. I slowed down during medical school and residency but picked it back up after my children passed the age of two.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write every day. Read every day. Join groups of writers to learn from them, and so they can learn from you.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would still practice medicine.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read some of the reviews, good and bad. If I think there is something to be learned, I will mull it over.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing is difficult and time-consuming but I’m learning. You can have an outstanding book, but if you can’t get it in the hands of readers, it won’t be discovered.
What are you working on now?
I just finished Gray Horizon and it is up for purchase beginning August 3rd.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Absolutely. The entire first chapter can be downloaded for free at: https://claims.instafreebie.com/free/d1RqfrEr
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I like anything Michael Crichton. I’m enjoying Jack Reacher novels. I like Nora Roberts when she is writing romantic suspense. Sandra Brown Mean Streak was a recent favorite.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
The Rider Files, Book 2: Masters File. My favorite characters are Ryan and Jenna. Jenna is a critical care physician whose life is turned upside down when the Cuban mafia comes after her. Ryan works in private security and drops everything when Jenna calls for help. The relationship between these two is witty and electric. They simply dance off the page together.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Life is full of distractions. Staying focused can be challenging.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
With millions of books out in the world, it’s hard to know if I’m being original for the reader. If I can deliver adventure and thrills, then I’ve succeeded.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Memoirs of an Imaginative Introvert
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Author Website: www.cbsamet.com
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/cbsamet
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6012528.C_B_Samet
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/authorcbsamet/
Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/c3EOvb
Bookbub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cb-samet
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️