Author Interview: S. F. Hill

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First off, tell me about yourself?
Well, there isn’t much to tell really. I am a full-time author, a full-time mother of three kids and a full-time fixer of everything.

What made you want to be a writer?
To be honest I kind of always have written stories here and there. When I was young, I would make up stories and would draw pictures or write them down. I’m pretty sure some of my family would get annoyed with me always bugging them with all my stories. However, it was my daughters that finally convinced me to turn my little journal writings into more.

And what attracted you to writing in your specific genre, and do you stick with that consistently or do you change it up?
I love fiction writing, I am and have always been an avid reader of all genres, but a good fiction novel has the ability to transport you to another world. It can be magical. And I have only published the one novel but I am currently working multiple projects from all different genres. A children’s book series,  a psychological thriller, and possibly even a nonfiction piece.

So tell me about what you’ve written, and has it been published/where can potential fans find your book(s)?
I have written Ameekial: Abomination the first of a dark fiction book series. I self-published in September of this year, through Amazon publishing and Its available in both eBook and paperback.

If you have had stuff published, how has it been received? And what is your opinion of your work now that it’s out there?
So far I have had some really good feedback, and not to sound conceited but I am a fan of my own work. I have simply just read it about a dozen times. It just sucks me in.

Is there anything you’d change or do differently now that it’s published?
Gosh, I’m not sure. I really don’t have an answer for that. I’m not saying that the novel is perfect by any means but I find its imperfections to be part of what it is.

Speaking of publishing, how did you go about getting your book(s) published, and what was your publishing journey like?
Actually, I did attempt the traditional method of sending my manuscript to trade book publishers, and I did get a few offers but all of them wanted partial rights to the manuscript. Which I didn’t want to split the rights so ultimately I self-published.

Now tell me a little about what your writing process is like?
Well, usually it involves me with earbuds in and sitting in my comfy chair for hours. I do find it odd that when I’m writing the story that comes out doesn’t always follow the plot I laid out beforehand. Sometimes the characters decide what happens next instead of me.

And do you write for any market or demographic in particular?
No…Not really I write for the pleasure of it. Like I wasn’t even sure what genre Abomination was until I finished it.

What advice do you have for other writers?
Other than edit, edit, edit… Um do your research, it could be the most minute detail but you don’t want to get it wrong. Such as what is the room called on a ranch that you keep saddles in. It may seem insignificant to you but it’s not. Details are important.

Tell me about some writers you really like and/or admire?
First of all, I am a fan of the classics, Carroll, Twain, Poe. I strongly admire J. K. Rowling for turning a story into a multibillion-dollar franchise. But my all-time favorite author is Jane Austen.

How do you deal with writer’s block?
I have yet to have severed writer’s block if I can’t think of how I want to say something I usually just step away for a bit and it eventually comes to me.  But I keep my fingers crossed that it never happens to me.

And lastly feel free to share links to your social media so potential fans can follow you?
Thank you. I hope that my answers are what you were looking for.



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