Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pros and Cons of Being a Writer/Author by CB Samet, author of Gray Horizon

Welcome to the Name Before the Masses Tour for Gray Horizon by CB Samet. Today she is sharing her pros and cons of being a writer/author. Do you agree? Want to know more? Leave her more questions and comments. Be sure to also follow the tour. And of course check out the book before you download your copy and enter the giveaway.

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Pros and cons of being a writer/author

Pros …
I love creating a world into which people can escape. Life is crazy and hectic and filled with the insecurities, uncertainties, and worries we battle every day. Novels allow us to escape our own reality and our own troubles for a short time. We immerse in an adventure and can be swept away by the trials and tribulations of a fictional character with whom we connect.

Writing is my own escapism. My daily stress is cleansed when I have those few minutes or hours to myself to write. The flow of ink onto the paper is a cathartic release as I build a story scene by scene. No matter how rough that first rough draft is, it is still something I created—born of my own hopes, dreams, frustrations, humor, despair, and imagination.

Transitioning from the first word to the printed product gives me a sense of accomplishment. I’ve published ten books now and the thrill of holding my own novel or knowing others are doing the same hasn’t subsided. The final product of a finished book transitions the intrinsic motivation of writing to an extrinsic satisfaction of seeing the fruits of my labor and knowing others are enjoying it.

I enjoy supporting the writing industry. I’m part of several author groups. I have read and given feedback on a dozen fictional works in 2018. I have done full review of books, and I have promoted other authors in my newsletter. Knowing how much reviews matter, I also leave a review (Amazon, Bookbub, Goodreads, etc) on all books I’ve read and enjoyed.

I write in different genres. I get to enjoy creating series in different genres, but I stick to one theme: strong women overcoming intimidating obstacles.

Cons …

Marketing myself is hard. Getting people to take a chance on author whose name isn’t on a billboard or hasn’t had a movie made from her book (yet!), is hard. There is a great deal of competition out there and so many talented writers. My track record for awards and positive reviews lends credence to the quality of my work. My favorite review was a Readers’ Favorite reviewer on Whyte Knight who said, “CB Samet is a master of the craft.” Currently, Gray Horizon is in a book competition, and I hope to see continued positive feedback.

That’s it for the cons. I enjoy everything else about being a writer. When I stall for a while on one book, I work on a different genre in a different series. I’m currently working on book 4 in The Rider Files series and book 4 in The Avant Champion series as well as a paranormal romantic suspense novelette.
“She needed a hero so she became one.” –Robin Reed

Gray Horizon

Sworn enemies. A stolen nuclear weapon. And the clock's ticking.

When Dr. Lillian Whyte learns a nuclear weapon is on the loose in Europe, she collides with a ruthless mercenary from her past. Isolated from her husband, a former CIA operative, Lillian tries to covertly help track the weapon. As she he joins the race to stop the bomb, she is drawn into a deadly game of chase. Despite her efforts, those intent on global catastrophe remain one step ahead of her.

As Lillian faces the fears of her past and deadliness of the present, can she secure the future of the world?

Read an excerpt:
“Dr. Whyte,” a guttural voice greeted her.

Her blood turned frigid and her stomach lurched as her heart thudded against her ribcage. As long as she lived, she would never forget that deep German accent—the voice of one of her captors nine years ago in Kenya.

The one that got away.

She was fairly certain Ivan Kleist would have only one reason for tracking her down: revenge.

Springing from the bench seat, she lashed a leg out into his gut. She saw a brief look of surprise on his pale face before she took off in a sprint.

Why now? Nine years he had waited.

The calculating killer had waited until she was out of the United States and away from Sean to corner her. She dashed in the direction of her hotel. Would she be safe in the lobby? In her room?

She slung her purse over her shoulder. Her phone was in the outer pocket, but she would have to slow down to make a call. Not happening. She would not slow until she reached the hotel.

Could she beat him to the hotel? His legs were longer, but she was ten years younger. But he probably hadn’t already logged twenty-six thousand steps for the day, as she had.

From her peripheral vision, Lillian saw an enormous object barreling toward her like a freight train. She barely had time to brace herself before Ivan plowed into her. She felt like she had been tackled by a linebacker. His large arms encircled her as she sailed to the ground. They rolled through the grass, her body encased by his.

He was so large he could probably crush the life out of her with his arms. She gasped for air. He wasn’t crushing her, but his grip was immobilizing.

Grunting, he hauled her to her feet. “Settle down, hase. Little white rabbit.”

Lillian, still dazed and sucking wind after her sprint, hardly put up a fight as he dragged her into an alley. Looking around frantically, her eyes couldn’t focus long enough to see anyone within shouting distance. She clawed at his large hand blocking her mouth from screaming.

About CB Samet

Christina is a practicing physician, mother of two boys and a terrier, and wife to a caring and supportive husband.

“I grew up reading Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and the Bourne books. I write seeking to create that level of action and intrigue but with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”

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