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Sam Kates

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As you’ve probably gathered since you’ve found your way to my author profile, I sometimes go by the name Sam Kates. If there’s a photo on this page of a middle-aged bloke with a hair shortage, that’s me.

I live in Wales, a small constituent country of Great Britain and the U.K. Like many of my fellow countrymen, I possess a fondness for rugby union (though these days only as a spectator) and a good pint of beer. Usually the two go hand in hand.

As often as I can make the time (darn that interfering day job), I’m an author. I write science fiction, fantasy, horror and general fiction. You can sign up to be kept informed of new releases and promotions (no spam, promise) on my website.

Outside of writing, my main ambition is to see Wales beat the
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Sam Kates In all honesty, I can't say I've ever experienced writer's block. Sure, I've reached points in stories where I'm not certain what occurs next - I'm…moreIn all honesty, I can't say I've ever experienced writer's block. Sure, I've reached points in stories where I'm not certain what occurs next - I'm what they call a panster, not a plotter, so that's going to happen - but I just skip to a part I do know and write that first. It hasn't yet taken me more than a few days of thinking about and around the sticking point to be able to move past it.

This hasn't yet happened to me so I'm speculating, but if I ever did reach a point in a story where I couldn't move forward, I think I'd go back a paragraph or page at a time to try to identify the place where I wrote something that's caused the log-jam later on. Then change it.(less)
Sam Kates Hi, Martyn. Sorry - I've only just noticed your question.

Delighted you're enjoying The Cleansing. Smithcraft provided the cover, which I love, and…more
Hi, Martyn. Sorry - I've only just noticed your question.

Delighted you're enjoying The Cleansing. Smithcraft provided the cover, which I love, and did all the formatting and layout of the print copy. They gave it a slot on NetGalley, which garnered a few reviews, and did a Goodreads giveaway in the US (I did one in the UK). They distributed it widely and also do some marketing. It's great to have someone look after distribution so I didn't have to spend time formatting, etc for different platforms, and I love having someone fighting my corner, so to speak, when it comes to promoting. (less)
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“November 1944 They huddled close, glad for once of the cubicle’s confinement. Planks creaked as men shifted position, trying to warm up, trying to find a comfortable position on the hard, cramped surfaces. From outside came the sounds of strays mooching around the camp perimeter and guards patrolling it, barking of beasts and men alike muffled by snow. One long roof resisted the white shroud. Great chimneys thrust to the clouds, spewing ash and sparks from their mouths. A thin wailing rose, wavering, then tumbled into silence. They huddled closer. * * *”
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message 6: by Sam

Sam Kates Hi Lucinda
Thank you for your interest in my work.
Congratulations on winning a copy of 'The Cleansing'. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
Best wishes,
Sam


Lucinda Sam,
Thank you for acepting my friendship request here on Goodreads. I am delighted to have won a copy of "The Cleansing (Earth Haven, #1)" {through a first-read giveaway}, which i am really looking forward to reading!
Lucinda x


message 4: by Sam

Sam Kates Nicolas wrote: "Good to meet you, Sam!"

You too, Nicolas


Nicolas Wilson Good to meet you, Sam!


message 2: by Sam

Sam Kates Saul wrote: "Hi Sam. Thanks for the friend request. Looking forward to checking out your books.
Cheers,
Saul"


Likewise, Saul.

Sam


message 1: by Saul

Saul Tanpepper Hi Sam. Thanks for the friend request. Looking forward to checking out your books.
Cheers,
Saul


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