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Blaine Sims

Interview with

Blaine Sims

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

After experiencing a series of life-changing events, I decided to write a story. Although it is written as fiction, eighty percent is true.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It took about a year and a half.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

The marketing and advertising hurdles for self-published authors with little financial sources.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I keep in touch with several. They all enjoy my books and look forward to reading new ones.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It depends. Both in a way at times.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

When I not only get an idea, but the words actually come to me as if sent by a higher power.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I try to be original.

What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?


At what point do you think someone should call themselves a writer?

When they sit down and start the writing process.

What do the words “writer’s block” mean to you? 

I know it well.

Are there therapeutic benefits to modeling a character after someone you know?

Yes, I definitely think so.

What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

Usually the characters. With my first book, Something About Sammy, I had the story and characters at the beginning.

How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?

A person who has an open mind, enjoys reading, and likes suspense, thrills, and a twisting plot.

How much research did you need to do for your book? 

Not very much.

Tell us more about your book/s?

Something About Sammy is my first book. It is based on a true story that happened to me. The subsequent books are part of a series, The Dark Trilogy - Out of Dark Comes Light.

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