Interview with Sami A. Abrams
When did the desire to write first hit you?
Honestly, it didn’t. I started writing to check off a bucket list item, but God had other plans. I started writing in July of 2016 and haven’t stopped since.
What is the genre you write in?
I write Inspirational Romantic Suspense, for both flash fiction and novels. I’ve tried to write romance, but somehow suspense keeps sneaking in and taking over.
Do you prefer writing in the 1st person or 3rd person POV?
I write in both 1st person and 3rd person, but I prefer writing in 3rd person. It’s easier to move from POV to POV, at least in my opinion.
What is your current WIP (work in progress)?
I am writing my current WIP, Saving Jess, with Love Inspired Suspense in mind.
Please tell us about it.
Saving Jess: For two years, Jessica fought against the nightmares plaguing her from the past. She found a safe job as a nurse at the local hospital. Life felt almost normal again, until a masked man attacked her in the hospital stairwell demanding she return what was his. Fighting back, Jessica escapes. Finding herself on a country road in the middle of a snowstorm, she prays for safety. When an SUV runs her off the road, she crashes into Deputy Dylan Baxter’s life. Literally.
As they work together to discover what the masked man is after, Jessica tries to hide her past from Dylan. She’s reluctant to accept she needs his help, not only to stay alive, but to expose the masked man and bring him to justice. When the threats on her life continue, she struggles to maintain her secret and refuses to admit she’s fallen in love. Dylan has promised to protect her life. But who will protect her secret and her heart from him?
Sounds interesting! What was the inspiration for this project?
Since Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a huge problem in our society now, I decided to focus this story on how it affects people’s lives. I like to write about overcoming traumas and the day-to-day struggles that continue after dealing with the initial pain.
Do you belong to any writing critique groups (either local or online)?
I belong to two online critique groups. They have been amazing during my crazy writing journey. I’ve learned so much from them. We each bring something to the table that is helpful to the others.
What is your process for editing your work?
Revise, revise, revise. I tend to write my first draft from start to finish. Many times, it will be a skeleton draft. Once I have the basics of the story down, I go back and add details. I will continue to add details on my third pass through the WIP. By my fourth pass, I start tightening and reading for flow, and my fifth is to make sure it’s ready to send to my friend who copyedits for me. After I correct any errors, I will do one final read through before sending it to my Beta readers.
Once your work is completed, what is your plan towards publication?
This WIP is specifically for Love Inspired Suspense, so I will send it to their editor and keep my fingers crossed she accepts it. However, most publishing companies won’t take unsolicited manuscripts, so I’m currently working on finding a literary agent.
Do you have a mentor or writing coach?
I do not have a contracted mentor or writing coach, but I do have several friends who have taken on these roles. I’m very fortunate that they are walking beside me and advising me through this process.
Do you have a role model?
After attending two writer’s conferences, I have met with several of my favorite authors. They amaze me with how they handle their writing careers. Learning about their successes and challenges has been extremely helpful.
How would you define what being a successful writer means?
Knowing just one of my stories helps someone who is overcoming a trauma would be amazing.
Meet Sami A. Abrams
Sami A. Abrams is a 2017 Genesis Finalist. She has a Masters in General Psychology with a focus on Police and Forensic Psychology and is an aspiring writer of Christian Romantic Suspense. She has a desire to help readers understand they can overcome traumas experienced throughout life. Sami writes flash fiction for a sorority Bible study group and is a contributing author for an online magazine, Pandora’s Box Gazette. Her short story, “No Greater Love,” was featured in Inspire Love, an anthology published by Inspire Christian Writers in November 2017. Sami is a member of Inspire Christian Writers and ACFW where she is actively involved in small critique groups.
You can read Sami's flash fiction here at Pandora's Box Gazette on the 2nd Tuesday each month.