Question and Answer with the Author, Sam Rose

Q: Where do you get your inspiration from?

A: While it’s a bit of a typical answer, I really just consider myself a student of life (Ugh, I feel like a college sophomore just saying it). I was always a bit of a strange kid, going back and forth from being a complete attention seeking drama queen to a quiet introspective wallflower.

Q: Why did you choose the name, Dark and Silly Books?

A: Primarily because that would be the vibe I think most people get from meeting me or reading what I write. I actually did a bit of standup comedy in college, and I’ve always believed that comedy equals intelligence plus perspective times medium. Most importantly, I believe in the truth and honesty, something that’s particularly difficult nowadays, but I believe in those things, even as the world gets harder and dumber and just so UGH annoying.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: All my life, the only difference now is that I’m trying to share it with you jamooks! (Just kidding, I don’t think you’re a jamook. You’ve already kept reading this far, you clearly have good taste)

Q: So the website is called Dark and Silly; Were you a goth kid growing up?

A: No, but I was pretty emo. I listened to Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco (still do) and I loved anime, manga, and watching adult swim (still do). But weirdly enough, I dressed kind of preppy (Button downs, American Eagle blue jeans, douche pookashell necklace) in high school.

Q: What was it like growing up in East Texas?

A: Everyday was a choice between going to a rodeo, after school church activities, or staying home playing halo with whoever also didn’t want to do any of the other two.

Q: Are your characters in your books or short stories based on you?

A: Yes. No. I don’t know, maybe. I’m just trying to write, dude, calm down.

Q: Vacation on the beach or on the mountain?

A: Beach, because everything that could kill me in the ocean will stay in the ocean. Bears do not respect about stop lights and do not enter signs.

Q: What book did you most recently read that made you stay up all night?

A: Circe by Madeline Miller (Peep the review here).

Q: You biggest role model growing up?

A: My momma! She has always had my back, is a tough, smart, independent lady, and is the one that has been telling me I can do this every time I doubt myself on this writing journey.

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: Community. I stan Dan Harmon so hard, guys. It’s a problem.

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