Featured Fig: Sammi Rich

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Sammi Rich is an avid music lover whose writing influences what she’s listening to at any given time. She’s a big fan of Nutella, coffee, and watching crazy YouTube videos. She definitely doesn’t have any weird hobbies. Definitely not.

You mention your love of music on your profile. Does music influence your writing?

Yes. My writing is definitely influenced by music. The lyrics to certain songs have inspired me to write so many poems, short stories, and, sometimes even, entire novels. However, this works both ways. What I’m writing at the time influences my musical tastes while I’m writing it. If I’m writing a story about depression then I usually want to listen to a song that is more rock or emo.

Fill in the blank: “My most embarrassing writing moment was when . . .”

I don’t think I would classify either of these as embarrassing, but I don’t get embarrassed easily so there’s not much for me to say on that subject . . . It’s probably a tie between every time that a typo turns normal dialog into . . . sexual things, and the time that what I wrote caused my sister to call me a horrible person . . . (don’t worry, we’re over that fight. I . . . realized . .  . I was wrong . . .)

What do you look for when you’re reviewing another writer’s work?

The number one thing, for me, in a piece of writing is that it is well-written. (And I only classify this as the number one thing because it applies to all kinds of writing. i.e. short stories, poems, fiction, non-fiction, etc.) But since I mostly read fiction, my main priority is usually the plot and characters.

What’s your weirdest/most unique hobby?

My life consists of little amounts of sleep, lots of writing, and tons of coffee, so I don’t have much time for hobbies. But, if you consider drawing things from my nightmares, watching crazy videos on YouTube, being religious about coffee and Nutella, and talking to myself as hobbies then . . . I don’t have any weird hobbies. Nope. None of those . . . are . . . weird . . . Definitely not weird . . .

If you had to give your writing style an adjective, what would it be?

I’ve put some thought into this answer (which is slightly surprising) and I decided that I would either have to go with crazy, or . . . nocturnal because I only write at night, which does influence the way that I write.

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