Today we’re joined by Sam. Sam is a wonderful author who is working toward publication. She is currently working on a novel, which has an ace main character. When she’s not writing, Sam enjoys singing. It’s clear she’s a passionate artist with an incredibly bright future. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
Well, I’ve dabbled in every art form but I found my home in singing and writing. I’m actually in the process of writing my first novel for publication, and I’ve written the main character as ace, letting the subplot be her discovery of herself.
What inspires you?
My family and dreams are the main inspiration for me. Dreams assist my writing, and my family is very supportive of my performance endeavors.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I started writing because of an author I can no longer remember the name of who had come to my elementary school to speak. Sitting there in the cafeteria I wrote my very first story, a one page horror story about a monster in the vents.
As for singing, I could sing before I could walk, and it was always a way for me to bond with my mother and my grandma. As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a singer.
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Well, in my writing, the moon is always a rather recurring symbol. According to my friends, when I sing I get a sarcastic grin but I didn’t know I did that.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
Never settle for ‘good enough’. There’s always more to learn, you can always be better. Always practice and never let anyone discourage you.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
I am a questioning ace, sex repulsed. This could change, and I think I could be demi or biromantic. I’m in no rush to label myself, I’m gonna take my time and stop stressing about it.
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I’ve only come out to a few of my friends, IRL. I did post a short story on Wattpad where one of the characters was ace, and he received some backlash due to discourse from aphobes or people who don’t believe asexuality is valid. I took the story down and it has become the basis for a full novel. I haven’t let my sexuality show in my music yet.
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we don’t want love. Whether it be platonic, romantic, or sexual, some of us do. I don’t want a sexual relationship, but platonic or even romantic is still appealing for me.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Don’t rush it. Let yourself figure this out in time. Go with what feels right and don’t focus too much on the labels, it’s okay if you don’t know everything in a time frame, because this whole process isn’t set in stone, it’s a spectrum that’s more like a river than a path. Things can change, and chances are they will.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
I run Tumblr blogs, and have a Wattpad that can be followed (though the Wattpad is more fanfavor rather than my actual talent). My Tumblrs will announce when I’m performing, when my novel is to be released, and I’ll post singing clips soon.
Thanks to the admins for letting me speak! It’s so kind of them to have this blog showcasing us!
Thank you, Sam, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.