My guest today is Sam Carrington, who joins us to talk about her debut novel, Saving Sophie. One of the lovely things about the writing community are the people that you meet online who become firm friends, and Sam is one of those people. I’ve enjoyed watching her writing journey unfold and am absolutely thrilled to celebrate this new release with her. Needless to say, I can’t wait to read it! In the meantime, here she is to give us a little taster.
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
A broken family, love, lies and obsession – and one tragic night that changes everything.
Who is your favourite character and why?
I think the mother, Karen, because I can relate to her fears over her daughter’s safety. She was difficult to like at one point, and personally I found her inability to be at her friend’s side challenging to write about. But she did find an inner strength and her love for Sophie shines through. I think we all have that when it comes to protecting our children.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
Gosh, so many! A lot of Indie authors gave me support and encouragement when I began writing short stories and also inspired me to start sending them out to magazines in view of actually publishing them. Novel writing wise, you were a huge support, Jane, and still are of course! You’ve been kind enough to offer advice and your time – and you also calmed my panicked state once with a phone call – which I will always be grateful for! Inspirations for what I write, in relation to genre and style I’d probably say Patricia Cornwell, Sharon Bolton, Elizabeth Haynes and Sarah Hilary. I met Elizabeth, who was kind enough to chat with me about writing, and also Sarah, who I met at a workshop she ran at the Agatha Christie festival in Torquay. But, all authors are inspirational – they’ve written books for others’ entertainment and every day I read about authors journeys and am inspired by them.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
A bit of both! I BEGIN with calm and order, but during the editing of the first draft there are often pieces of paper with undiscernible scribbles, timeline and date issues all over the place! I do have a cork board that’s neat – I use it to pin character bios and snippets of plots to, it’s the extras that make it complicated. I have a notebook (or ten) to make random notes, and this can sometimes take ages to trawl through when I’m looking for something in particular!
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
Coffee, plus more coffee. For a change I might have coffee. Chocolate is an easy ‘go to’ as well when I’m engrossed in a scene and don’t have time to make a healthy lunch! Very occasionally, if I’m writing in the evening, I might find that a glass of cava makes an appearance.
Please share your blurb with us
A teenage girl is missing. Is your daughter involved, or is she next?
Your daughter is in danger. But can you trust her?
When Karen Finch’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, no one is smiling the morning after. But Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state.
Twelve hours later, Sophie’s friend Amy has still not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found.
Karen is sure that Sophie knows more than she is letting on. But Karen has her own demons to fight. She struggles to go beyond her own door without a panic attack.
As she becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger, Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another – Sophie.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for fifteen years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a psychology degree she worked for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist. SAVING SOPHIE is her debut psychological thriller novel.