Author Spotlight – Sam Skyborne
Meet UK Lesbian Fiction Author Sam Skyborne (YLVA)
Our reviewer Valden had this to say about Sam Skyborne’s books:
Wendy Hudson may have only written two books but what a superb start she has made on her writing journey. She has numerous readers already just waiting for the next book to come out! Both books are romantic mysteries or perhaps better expressed as mysteries with a large chunk of romance, set in Scotland. The mysteries and secrets in both her books are set up using a prologue, and the events and her slow release of detail create emotional complexity
Wendy manages to keep you on the edge of your seat with the “will she/ won’t she” scenario. And then it continues when you, the reader, find out (or you may already know) what awaits her character when she does exactly what you don’t want her to do. Such good writing! I also love her portrayal of the Scottish countryside, you can see the mountains and smell the rivers. If you haven’t read her books, then you are missing a treat!
We spoke to Wendy Hudson 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 an 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
The story starts with a brilliant prologue which leaves you with a dark sense of mystery, and you are already wondering about what has happened and where the story will take you. The actual story begins, and the driving force for the story is when Erin Carter books herself into a Scottish castle hotel for an extended stay whilst she looks for her father. Her mother has recently died, and although while alive she discouraged Erin from finding her father, Erin has decided that it is time.
Once at the hotel, she has doubts because she wonders whether her mother had reason to stop her and struggles to remember her father. She suffers from numerous nightmares. The hotel is run by Abigail (Abby) Miller, who is free-wheeling through life, and her brother George. We are treated to delicious conversations, backchat and flirting between Abby and Erin with George chipping in. Mmmm! It is such a contrast to the darker side of the story, and Wendy once again weaves dark and light together so well.
There by chance, she meets Alex Ryan with her dog Frank, who is from the local area. Then starts a light romantic strand to the story, with the two women having a superb repartee. This continues with lots of humour between them, and later involving Alex’s friends who we come to meet.
Both Lori and Alex have issues, and the romance and the thriller are then woven together, and we get a little bit more of the history to tempt us along. Wendy is so talented at giving you crumbs, she tells you just enough to keep you hanging and wondering.