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I’m not famous. When I drive down the street or walk into a Starbucks restaurant for a cup of over-priced coffee, no one chases me with a camera (or a torch, thank God) yelling, “Who are you wearing?!” And that’s a good thing, because if someone did, I would have to reply, “I don’t know, but this t-shirt? It cost seven bucks at Target on sale.”

My name is Sam Tamlyn, and I don’t know why you should care about my name except that you stumbled across my web site and the books all say I should humanize it.

Anyway, I live in San Antonio, Texas, with my husband. No kids and no pets, but the poinsettias my grandparents gave us the last two years for Christmas are still alive, and we have a beautiful jade plant sitting on our porch. Oh, and I have a horse, but he doesn’t live with us. My husband said no.

To all of you who are wondering: Yes, it is unbearably hot in Texas, and my goal is to move as far north as possible when my husband gets the opportunity for a transfer. Or until one of us earns a few million dollars—whichever comes first.

Up until about six months ago (as of the time of this writing), I was a professional ghostwriter, but I dropped that gig in favor of a far more thankless job: Writing my first novel. I realized, after my fifteenth client secured a five-figure book deal, that I should actually put my talents to work for me. And then I can write a memoir called SAM FINALLY GETS A BYLINE.

What I’ve discovered, however, is that writing is far more difficult when you don’t have a rabid client breathing down your neck. I used to curse deadlines with a shockingly foul mouth and sometimes a mixture of mythical herbs, but now I’m finding that I actually work best under pressure. Who would have thought people like me actually existed?

I decided to start a web site and blog in the hopes that I would find both inspiration and a kick in the pants. So if you ever want to drop in the comments and ask why I’m blogging when I should be FINE-TUNING CHARACTERS or FIGURING OUT WHO KILLED THE MAIL MAN, your contribution will be much appreciated.

I’m also going to use this site to share the little tidbits I learned while working as a ghostwriter. I started that career mainly because I needed to pay rent, but also because I enjoyed making other people’s dreams come to life. Now I’m hoping to do that for myself, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to assist aspiring authors.

Good luck to anyone who is currently working on his or her own novel. It’s a bitch, but eventually I’m certain it will come together. For all of us.

My favorite food is freshly-made tortillas, my favorite color is a toss-up between purple and orange (but never with the two together), and I love typography. I can watch “NCIS”, “Law & Order”, “Bones” and “House” for hours on end, and I’ll see every Jurassic Park movie they ever produce.

As far as books, you’ll quickly discover when perusing this web site that I can’t get enough. My favorite authors are Dean Koontz and Charles Dickens, though I read HARRY POTTER whenever I’m feeling lonely and I’ve recently become enthralled by Jonathan Kellerman. Needless to say, my tastes in literature are eclectic.

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