Growing up in a family of writers and photographers was a blessing and a curse. Even the most everyday occurrence discussed around the dinner table could suddenly be transformed into the “what if?” topic of the day and tomorrow’s story idea. Samantha learned that it was either shut up or jump in with both feet. She collaborated and helped with research on many Ahern projects and went on to have her first short story published while still in high school. Samantha lives in Commerce, Georgia with her husband Danny and daughter Olivia.