She let the ‘Cat’ out of the bag

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 17, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — A Guilford girl, whose dream to write a book sprouted in elementary school, has published her first fantasy-superhero book called the “Adventures of the Cat Princess Warrior.”

The book, written by Samantha “Sammie” Williams, 16, a junior at Piscataquis Community High School, pits an evil butterfly against a young girl and the Pet Squad, a team of animal people. She has dedicated the book to her family, friends and teachers who helped her stay the course.

It was her deep love of reading and the writings of such authors as James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Rachel Caine and Nicholas Sparks that drew her to become an author, Williams said. “I love mysteries and stuff like that,” she said.

“I believe the idea just came to me to write a book when I was in fourth grade,” Williams recalled during a recent interview. She said she dreamed up the characters based on people she knew and recorded the story and random information in composition notebooks.

Every now and then, Williams said, she would add to the story line. Ideas would pop up at any time of day or night, she said. She recalled standing in the lunch line at school and getting an idea for the book. With no pencil to write the information down, she would repeat it mentally until she could get back into the classroom where she could write it down. She continued to embellish her story through the years until she was thoroughly satisfied that her book would pique the interest of others.

“I like how the story turned out, and I was the one who wrote it,” Williams said.

She also was the one who raised the money to have the book published, according to her mother, Bobbi-Jo Williams. Her daughter washed cars, cleaned houses and did other odd jobs to raise the funds, she said. “She’s done this all by herself,” the elder Williams said.

The young author said a neighbor helped her with the editing process, which went smoothly, but the publishing phase wasn’t that easy. “It was very stressful, and there were times when I wanted to give up, but I continued to push on,” she said. In the end, Williams said, she was grateful for the publisher’s advice. “They went through everything to make sure that I was satisfied with it.”

Undaunted by that stressful experience, Williams already is working on a sequel since she left a cliffhanger at the book’s end.

Williams will sell and autograph her book at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Guilford Memorial Library. The book also is available on Amazon.com and other Internet bookstores.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/01/17/living/she-let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag/ printed on July 30, 2014