Author Spotlight – Sam Skyborne
Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Sam Skyborne
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Sam Skyborne’s books:
Sam Skyborne is a new author to me, and I have enjoyed getting to know her work. She has the ability to take the reader on a fast-paced, thrilling adventure which at times makes you feel like you are in a movie. The movie could be either an action romance or maybe a crime drama/thriller. Once you pick up one of her books, you will find yourself turning the pages quickly and unable to put the book down until it is finished.
Her characters are often unusual, and they don’t always do what you would expect either, which gives additional twists and turns to the plot. I am looking forward to Sam releasing a new book which will enable me to buckle up my seat belt again and set off on another fast-moving story.
Who allegedly often referred to herself in the masculine, for example as “a man of action” and “a man of business”?
A) Emily Bronte
B) Florence Nightingale
C) The Queen
Hint: Think Lady with the Lamp.
Leave your answer in the comment box below. Giveaway ends Sunday, 3 June, 3 pm UTC.
We spoke to Sam Skyborne about her books and her writing plans for the future.
(a) Tell us something interesting about your last published book.
RISK: Three crime fighting women risk all for love, lust and justice is a stand alone coming out story, which I originally wrote as a web series teaser for the Toni Mendez series. This series is more of a collection rather than a typical series as each book, although it features Toni and is set in Toni’s world, does not fall specifically into any one genre. The first novel in this collection will be published later in 2018.
(b) What got you into writing?
I’ve always loved stories and the rich and varied potential they can add to one’s experience and have always seen myself as more of a storyteller than specifically a writer.
I started off exploring the medium of film and animation as a means to tell my stories but found these to be a little restrictive and cumbersome as they generally need vast resources and time to do the stories justice. So in an effort to get a few more of my more ambitious stories out there I have switched to writing.
(c) Can you tell us about your writing style? How do you decide on plots and characters? Are you a planner or a pantser?
I came to writing from a film background as a result I think my writing style is quite visual and active. I’m mostly a plotter. My stories usually start off with a strong plot idea that I can’t seem to shake. As the plot grows and develops, I get to know the characters involved and very soon they take on a life of their own and usually take the plot into their own hands — as only (head-)strong female characters can.
(d) If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently?
Yes, I think like everyone, if I was given the opportunity to apply what I know now to an earlier version of myself and my work I would jump at that opportunity.
However, I think writing, like any craft, is something in which one can never achieve a state of perfection and it takes more than a lifetime to master.
(e) What is next for you? What is your next project?
I’m currently working on the first and second books of the Toni Mendez collection — in the final pre-publication stage of “Alice” (a psychological thriller set in Cape Town, South Africa) and preparing the final developmental draft of “Agents and Assassins” (a crime thriller set in London and virtual reality).
VALDEN’s REVIEW of RISK & SIMULATION
This is a beautiful story based in the world of Toni Mendez, a Private Investigator, and I have to add it is set in the UK, in London. (A PI in London. So rare in lesfic!) There are several strands in what is happening, and it gives the story depth and lots of twists and turns.
Firstly, Toni is asked to investigate the murder of a woman that the police don’t seem to be progressing. Secondly, she is suddenly joined by an American detective Maxine Bennett. Thirdly, she finds her best friend Lizbeth Du Cannon is gay, and Lizbeth then sleeps with the American detective.
Toni’s character arc goes on a real journey of discovery as she tries to deal with what is happening around her and her thoughts and personal feelings are really muddled as she tries to work her way through things. At the same time, she is trying to solve the crime. An excellent read!
Samantha Fielding (Sam) is a returning war hero in a dystopian UK where any behaviour that is considered abnormal or deviant results in the person being arrested and ‘reset’. Sam has hit rock bottom in her life and with nothing to lose volunteers for a secret scientific programme. We then follow her through tests and experiments being conducted by Dr Victoria Henderson.
When Sam starts being attracted to Victoria, then the story really takes off. There are some delicious side characters in the story, Dr Elms (one of the research doctors) and Lady Frost (one of the sponsors of the research centre) are the two I enjoyed the most. This is another fast moving tale that will keep you turning the pages.