Good evening folks, I apologise for my absence – real life took over for several weeks and I have had UCAS application to complete and assignments to get done for my Access Course.
Without further ado though, allow me to introduce my Q&A with one of my favourite authors, the lovely Sam Carrington.
Sam discusses her degree in psychology, how her publication day felt and how her lead detective DI Wade changes in her next book Bad Sister.
1) As a child, did you have a favourite author?
Yes, Enid Blyton was my favourite. I devoured the ‘Adventure’ series and loved ‘Hello, Mr Twiddle!’
2) Did you enjoy English at school?
I did! English literature was my best subject – I always found it interesting and adored reading the set books, interpreting them and discussing what we thought the author was trying to achieve.
3) At Open University, what was your psychology degree like and how did you find your experience?
It was really challenging completing a degree with a young family and full-time job. I enjoyed many aspects of the course and I loved trying to better myself. I did have high expectations of myself too, though, which made it stressful sometimes. If I got a distinction in one assignment I HAD to ensure the same in the next one. I ended up with a 2:1 which is great, but I would’ve preferred a first! Gaining the degree definitely helped me secure my job as psychological assistant in the prison.
4) How did you feel meeting your agent and what was your publication day like?
I was so nervous on the way to London to meet my prospective agent, but to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d heard that agents were the ‘gatekeepers’ and in some ways held them in such high regard that they became almost God like! They are, I can now confirm, very lovely people! It was a great day when I met Anne, and I immediately liked her. I was so completely thrilled when she offered representation. I celebrated in London with my sister and daughter, and couldn’t stop smiling!
Publication day for my debut novel, Saving Sophie, was in two parts – the ebook being published four months ahead of the paperback. Both days were amazing, but seeing my paperback on the shelves in stores is a moment I’ll never forget.
5) Is it nerve wracking, knowing that you have someone to impress, but also someone who will champion you and your writing?
It’s a very strange mix isn’t it? Yes, when a manuscript is with my agent I’m biting my nails and half-dreading the feedback. But, on the other hand, she is championing my writing which is a fantastic and reassuring feeling!
6) I LOVE Lindsay Wade in Bad Sister, as I feel we get to know her more as a human being, not just as a detective. Do you have any tips on creating a police procedural aspect to your novels?
I like to have the police procedural aspect as more of a side line, instead, focussing on the main characters – the ones who have/are going through the issues and problems I’ve set for them. It can be a difficult balancing act but for me, concentrating on the main character of the story I’m telling helps me to keep them the most important aspect. I enjoyed writing the police scenes, however, I do try and keep the procedural side low-key. It’s more about the people.
7) Do you have a favourite all time book?
I always answer The Secret Life of Bees to this question! I think it was a book that surprised me, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as it’s out of my reading ‘comfort zone’. But I loved the writing and the story stayed with me.
8) Do you like Rod Stewart and do you have a favourite song of his?
Of course! Legend. My favourite Rod song would be You’re In My Heart.
Thanks for your time Sam x