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About Me

Thank you for dropping by!

I am a writer from Devon, but in a previous life I was a nurse in the NHS. After working hard to gain my Psychology degree (whilst attempting to bring up three children and work full-time) I left to work as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator in a male prison. 

It is my experiences within this field and my interaction with prisoners which inspired my psychological suspense/crime fiction. 

Having come to a crossroads in my life, I decided to be brave and take a road which was risky, yet more desirable. With lots of support and back-up, I left work and concentrated on my writing. I began with short stories. Some of those stories, aimed for the womag market, have been published in women’s magazines, some in anthologies and some I self published in two collections.

But, novels were always what I really wanted to write. And so, with the advice 'write what you know', firmly in my mind - I began my journey writing psychological suspense novels based around crime. I finished my 'first' novel during 2014 and then immediately began the second. It is this novel that will actually be my first!

I titled it Portrayal, and when it was in its early stages I entered it into a competition - the 2015 CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Debut Dagger Award. 

I was shocked and extremely happy when it was longlisted (one of eleven). 

It's this novel, now with the title, SAVING SOPHIE which helped me gain my agent, and a publishing deal. 

SAVING SOPHIE, a psychological thriller, is available now!

My second novel, BAD SISTER is out in ebook now and the paperback publishes on 14th December and is available for pre-order.


  1. Hi Sam, Congratulations on 'Saving Sophie'. I'm a former police DCI who now advises writers on anything police-related from standard procedure to Murder investigation. I'm currently helping CL Taylor with her latest thriller, having advised on 'The Missing'. I have a website at www.gibconsultancy.co.uk which has a Consultancy page.
    If you ever need any advice or even just the odd question answering I'd be happy to hear from you.
    Stuart Gibbon

    1. Thank you! And that's fabulous - thank you for leaving your details, Stuart! I will definitely keep you in mind :)