Each person you meet or interact with makes their own mark in our lives. There are a few whose generosity, wit, talent, and supportive human spirit touch you to the core. In my opinion, one of those people is Sammy Sutton. Those of you who know her, understand exactly what I mean. To those who have not yet met Sammy, I think you will find in her and her writing a tremendous talent, and a remarkable woman.
Thank you Sammy for taking the time and energy to join me today, I am blessed, and honored to know you.
1.) Where did you get the idea for the Dominguez Adventures?
Marta that is an interesting thought to ponder, but ultimately, it came from my fascination with being human and how we came to be who we are as individuals and as a society.
2.) I understand you have a love of history, religions, and spirituality, what do you find most fascinating about these things?
Boy do I, primarily, it is the declaration of truth that most fascinates me. People have a love hate relationship with truth. On one hand, they yearn for facts, yet, on the other hand, they refuse to accept any reality that doesn’t fit into an ideal.
My journey began back in college. One semester I had a very odd schedule heavily weighted in humanities. I had Anthropology, Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Sociology each claimed a sort of truth within their discipline, nevertheless each defied the other. It was at this point I became intrigued to the point of near obsession and began trying to understand man and his ancient past.
3.) Antonio and Amanda face many challenges, emotionally, mentally, and physically on their road to self-healing and discovery. Is there a back story behind this?
LOL Yes, the two are challenged on many levels. Antonio and Amanda are a compilation of my personal history and the history of others I have encountered throughout my life. Both professionally and personally many people and events have left a lasting impression and I am compelled to share this through my fictional characters.
In King Solomon’s Journey and Hidden Mountain this has manifested into a sort of adventuress saga as the story moves into The Reliquary of Dimensions and the next three books it becomes more specific and event based.
4.) Amanda has a very close relationship with her sons. I understand you have a son with Epilepsy and are a great advocate for both epilepsy awareness and finding a cure. Do you have any suggestions for those who either suffer from epilepsy or have a loved one who does?
Many thanks Marta for this question as it is very important to me and many others…Hang in there! To compare it to a roller coaster ride is an understatement. My son’s epilepsy and the disability it has created have taught me more than anything else in my life. Through him and his illness I have learned the true meaning of unconditional and rewarding love. He is an amazing young man untainted by bitterness despite the hand that was dealt him at birth. He is my hero and I am very lucky to be his mother. He is adopted therefore I take great joy in the belief that we were brought together by fate.
More specifically to address the illness, our lives are a testament to the idea of never giving up. Many times we have been told by professionals “there is nothing more we can do.” Never have we accepted this and never have we been completely defeated. Keep searching!
5.) You are a lover of poetry, but do not write it. Is there a reason you do not?
Unlike you Marta with brilliant poetic talent, I am simply not very good at it. Poetry and music are areas that bring me great joy, I like keeping the beauty in context.
6.) You are an advocate for children who are caught in the social system; do you have any suggestions that might make it easier for us as a society to do better by these children?
Oh yes, in the past I have asserted many opinions about children and their perpetrators, but in consideration of time and space I will remind everyone that each and every child on this planet is the responsibility of each and every adult on this planet.
As a tireless advocate for the challenged Marta I think you will agree with me, if a child turns out “Bad” somewhere along the way an adult contributed. The adult is not always the parent, and everyone should keep that thought in mind and strive to protect children, our future.
7.) How valuable do you believe knowing and learning history is to our progress as a species?
I love this question and the irony in the answer. Understanding the past is imperative; we must learn from our history, and keep in mind there has never been a civilization that did not fall. We must also look at the past through unclouded vision; evidence suggests our ancestors were pretty smart, too.
8.) So far to date you have written two books in the Dominguez Adventure series, King Solomon’s Journey and Hidden Mountain. At the end of Hidden Mountain, it was clear that this was only the beginning of another journey. How many books do you believe will be in this series?
Marta, you are very observant. Well, I’m not sure exactly when it will end. Reliquary of Dimensions is an explosive end to the trilogy based on King Solomon’s journey. After this the characters move on into the fourth adventure, which is very politically charged and based on events unrelated to the scrolls.
A little tease; Reliquary of Dimensions also introduces the reader to a new character that ultimately becomes the main character in another novel, which is not one of The Dominguez Adventures.
9.) When you do research for your writing, do you do it in one lump or as you go along?
Actually, the stories are based upon my research. Still through the process the story often births ideas that need further clarification. Rarely a day passes that I do not find myself researching a topic.
10.) You are one of the most supportive and loving people I have met online, and in your book Hidden Mountain, Antonio says, “After all, trust is greater than love, and to truly trust another human being is rare. Love can exist without trust, but trust cannot exist without love.” Do you believe this quote personally?
Thank you Marta, I’m flattered. You are incredibly supportive and a wonderful advocate for the craft of writing.
I believe this quote with all my heart. The problem with understanding resides within the limitations of the English language. There are many kinds of love, yet we are only afforded one word. I find this truly limits our ability to express affection. Keeping this in mind, trust is greater than love…it simply demands affection we must call love in the English language.
11.) Where do you want to be in your life a year from now?
Funny, I have not pondered that too much in the recent past. I guess a better and more experienced version of who I am now. I want to write and form a relationship with readers who find value in my stories.
12.) You write so gloriously, does it come easily to you, or do you struggle with some aspects? If so which?
WOW, thank you Marta. When it comes to writing, I am an unbridled wild child; luckily I have Kathy, my editor to reel in my story. I am thankful for her direct approach as I love writing from this perspective and do not want to change.
13.) What is your most successful marketing tool?
Currently, my Blog, without it there would not be a lot of reason to publish. Recently, I have updated and separated the components and this is really looking like an idea that was well worth the time. My Blog has received a lot of traffic and interest this has often resulted in sales on Amazon as well as other outlets.
I also find getting out and socializing is great for local print sales. Still, I am constantly reading and exploring ideas for promotion.
14.) How and why did you decide to give Amanda Messenger a brain tumor?
Marta, I’m sure you’ve heard of writing “what you know” well, I often take it literally. I lived for more than four years with the knowledge of a tumor in my head (not actually on my brain, but penetrating it) in February of 2012 a team of surgeons did an exploratory surgery and removed six tumors from the left region.
Since I wrote much of these books while I was dealing with immortality I think it was a bit of a coping mechanism. It also adds a certain level of complexity to Amanda, her abilities, and most importantly to her relationship with Antonio.
15.) Where can people find you and your books?
Marta, I would like to thank you for your time and effort, it is truly an honor to be interviewed by you. I greatly appreciate your support and kindness.
Sammy, I am more thrilled and delighted than you know, that you took the time to answer a few questions. I am also a big fan of your Dominguez Adventures and can hardly wait for the next book.
Author & Poet
Marta Moran Bishop, is an author and poet. Ms. Bishop writes many books for children as well as for more mature audiences.