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Samantha Gudger

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A former three-sport athlete in high school, Samantha grew up with a ball in one hand and a book in the other. From the moment her first grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Samantha knew she wanted to be an author.

Samantha currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. Books, writing, sports, and music top her list of favorites.

She is the author for the Worth Series, which currently includes A Game Worth Watching and A Shot Worth Taking.

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Samantha Gudger I wrote my first full-length novel (unpublished) a few years before A Game Worth Watching. Originally, my first story was supposed to be about a…moreI wrote my first full-length novel (unpublished) a few years before A Game Worth Watching. Originally, my first story was supposed to be about a basketball team who had lost almost every game for years, but as the story evolved, it ended up being the opposite--a team striving to uphold their reputation as the top team in the league. When I finished this book, the desire to write about a losing team that united together to win still lingered with me, probably because this was my experience in high school. One day I got an idea for a scene, so I wrote it down. This was followed by another and then another until I filled pages upon pages of ideas for this story, which eventually became A Game Worth Watching. In part, the story from A Game Worth Watching came from my past experiences on a losing basketball team, playing basketball with the guys on weekends, and the desire to write a book about a girl who overcame adversity to gain a truer sense of self. (less)
Samantha Gudger I'm so glad you found Emma someone you could relate to! No, she is not based on a real person, however, I guess you could say some of the things she…moreI'm so glad you found Emma someone you could relate to! No, she is not based on a real person, however, I guess you could say some of the things she deals with are things I've dealt with in my life--self-doubt, feeling like an outsider, gaining a truer sense of self, etc. I think these are universal things many people experience in one way or another. Yes, I played basketball and played with the guys on weekends, and I was part of a losing team, but we never improved. I also have a loving and caring family, so all the family stuff Emma deals with is fictional. Having spent many years working for the Boys & Girls Clubs, I heard a lot of stories about kids who had tough family backgrounds, but who took control of their lives and made it better. I'm grateful I was able to capture Emma and her story realistically and that you enjoyed it. Hopefully, you enjoy book 2 as well. :) I'd love to hear what you think about it. Happy reading!! Sam(less)
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Yes, I’m still here, even though I’ve been on blog silence for a while. Sorry about that.


As an author who writes about girls in sports, I can’t help but get the warm and fuzzy feels whenever I hear about real life stories of girls expressing dominion and awesomeness on the court or on the field. I also love hearing about the positive influences coaches can have by being a positive role mo...

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“I don't care if you're so poor you live in a cardboard box, if you fail to graduate high school, or if thousands of miles try to separate us. I'll always love you just as much as i do now.”
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