Breaking All the Rules: An Interview with Samuel Parker

Episode 133I Breaking All the Rules
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Today’s guest is Samuel Parker, a suspense/thriller writer talking to us today about his latest book, Border Son.

I really enjoyed this story, possibly because it wasn’t the “usual” type of suspense book I’m used to. Samuel says it’s not the usual build-up-and-crescendo-three-times kind of structure. He sees the scenes and writes to those, often something simple but building in intensity.

Samuel tells a story about walking across the border from the United States to Mexico, how scared he was, and what happened. And then being able to put all that tension and emotion into the story. His style isn’t to over-describe, either. Rather than focusing on the stain on the wall or the knots in the wood, he focuses on the feeling you get when you walk this way or smell that.

When asked about his writing process, Samuel laughs and says this is probably something others shouldn’t follow but…he doesn’t have a writing schedule. He doesn’t write every day. He pursued it as a job at one point, and he didn’t enjoy it as work. So this is the thing he loves to do around another full-time job.

I actually think this is a great idea for people who might feel or have felt the same way! I’m taking a break doing that myself, writing where I can around a temporary full-time job. 😀

Learn more about Samuel and his books at, and follow him on Facebook.

About the author, Kitty

Kitty Bucholtz writes superhero urban fantasy and romantic comedy, often with an inspirational element woven in. After earning her M.A. in Creative Writing, she formed Daydreamer Entertainment and began self-publishing. Founder of the WRITE NOW! Workshop and the new WRITE NOW! Workshop Podcast, she loves to teach in person and online. Learn more at

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