Category: On Writing

Part of any journey includes trying new things. My first three books took place during the slow extinction of mankind. My next two novels unfolded in a dystopian world similar to ‘1984.’ For my upcoming books, I’m doing something completely different and publishing an epic space fantasy trilogy that I describe as a combination of Star Wars and Arthurian legend. As a lifelong fan of Star Wars, I’ve always wanted to create my own galaxy filled with aliens and adventure. Now I am.

By itself, writing in a different genre could qualify as doing something new. That’s not where I’m stopping, however.

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The real evolution comes in the way I’m publishing my Space Lore trilogy. I’m going to publish all three books at the same time! This approach was made popular by Netflix when they released entire seasons of new TV shows all at once. It gives viewers (or, in my case, readers) the chance to crash on a series without waiting for each new episode. I’ve decided I’ll try the same approach for my books, and as far as I know this model has never been attempted in the publishing world before.

The great thing is that anyone who reads the first book and loves it won’t have to wait months or years for the sequel. How many times have you been blown away by a book and then had to wait forever for the next part of the series to be published? Well, not for my Space Lore trilogy!

• Book One, The Green Knight, will come out June 7,
• Book Two, The Excalibur, will come out June 8, and
• Book Three, The Round Table, will come out June 9.
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lockdownLeah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush.

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act.

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That’s where she first encounters one of the infected.

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from.

Breaking out of the Lockdown.


samieABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samie Sands is a 30 year old freelance graphic designer who has recently decided to follow her lifelong dream and use her creativity in a new way by writing.

She has a degree in Media Studies and PR and has already had articles published in a number of e-zines, including one of the most popular pieces at Zombie Guide Magazine. She has also had a number of her short stories included in some very successful anthologies.

She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures. To follow Samie’s work, please check out her website

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Character Interview

Leah Watton

Today we’re interviewing one of the characters from Samie Sands’ new novel, Lockdown.


Tell us about yourself

Erm, okay… my name is Leah Watton, I’m twenty-three years old and I’m a news researcher. My job is alright, I suppose, but it isn’t exactly my dream career. Although, to be honest I’m not entirely sure what that is!

My best friend is called Michelle – she’s awesome, I really don’t know what I’d do without her. We go out now and again, but that’s about it for hobbies… oh dear, does that make me really boring?!

I’ve liked a guy named Jake for a while now, but he’ll never notice me. I keep trying, to get his attention, but I’m too much of a plain Jane for him to ever look my way. He’s gorgeous and really funny, I just wish I could think of a way to catch his eye.


How would you describe yourself in three words?
I guess loyal, hard-working – actually no scrap that one – fun-loving, and likeable. Am I likeable? I think so, I hope so.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to be much stronger. I often think that if something bad were to happen, that I’d be screwed. On the odd occasion when I watch horror movies, which to be fair is rare because I don’t deal with gore very well, I find myself thinking that I’d never be able to survive what the characters are going through.

I need to be stronger!

Maybe I should use my gym membership more.


What is your greatest regret?
Probably not being as close as I’d like to my family as I’d like. My parents and my younger brother, Felix, are amazing. But I’ve spent the last few years trying to carve out a life for myself, and I’ve definitely let things slide.

If I could change anything, that would be it.


Which talent would you most like to have?
To be honest, I’d like to have any talent. I feel like I’m okay at a lot of things, but not amazing at anything. I must be the most average person ever!


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inspiration board

When you’re in the initial research and development phases of your novel, it’s sometimes difficult to picture certain elements of your story, especially if the novel includes sciences, locations, or cultures that you are not an expert in.

For this reason, and for many others, creating an inspiration board is a fun and a rewarding process that will ensure you have a host of visual and auditory cues at your fingertips when you begin writing. Inspiration boards can also be created on a per-character basis so that you can easier figure out motivations, goals, and personality quirks and traits for your new characters.

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How to create your own free writing playlist using soundcloud
Music is very important to me when I write.
It blocks out external sounds, improving my focus, and it inspires me too. Because of this effect, I find that listening to music when I’m adding chapters to my novel is incredibly important. But hearing the same song over and over doesn’t do it for me, either.
Also, I tend struggle with songs that have lyrics, because I find (especially rock or metal), listening to the lyrics throws me off my game. But over the years, I’ve found a few ways to get my hands on awesome music (for free). Using these tools, I build myself a writing playlist that I can play when I’m writing.

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With anticipation building for the upcoming ‘The Force Awakens’ Star Wars movie, I’m reminded of what made the original trilogy so great.

I’ve also found myself hoping the next movie resembles the first three movies and not the prequel trilogy, which I don’t like to acknowledge as existing.

A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi can teach today’s authors a lot about how to effectively tell a story that completely enthralls its audience.

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Songs that Inspired COMPILE:QUEST

Music has always had a huge impact on me. Certain songs seem to trigger something deeply internal. It’s like instant inspiration – whether it be the itching, clawing urge to write a horror, or the throat tightening impulse to belt out an action scene.

While writing COMPILE:QUEST, I had a playlist I would listen to. The songs not only got me in the mood to write, but they also played a key part in creating the mental atmosphere I needed to pen some of the more intense scenes.

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ten steps to write a review

So you’ve read a book. You liked it. Or you didn’t. The world needs to know.

Why? Because social proof is one of the many ways books get circulated. We find out what to look out for, and what to avoid by the people that went before us. I’m sure many friends have recommended you a book, or told you to steer clear of one before. Think of these instances as mini reviews. They might have told you what they didn’t like, or just given you their “star review” – ie: It was crap. Don’t read it (1 star). Or, OMG, you totally have to read this book like now (5 stars).

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