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Sam Kates

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My name is Sam Kates, at least when it comes to writing fiction. 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.

My tastes in reading and film tend toward the darker side of life and the fantastic. Little surprise, then, that the fiction I write is usually science fiction and fantasy with a decidedly dark flavour, or outright horror.

Outside of writing, my main ambition is to see Wales beat the New Zealand All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup. A forlorn hope, I s
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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 wh…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 di…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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The Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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This has been on my to-read radar for over forty years, but I kept putting it off because I suspected I would find it upsetting.

Indeed. Every time Anne began a sentence with ‘After the war…’, my stomach turned over or a lump appeared in my throat. There’s a moment when she’s talking about the loss of her fountain pen, which she acc Read more of this blog post »
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Enjoyable and informative, only let down for me by the last quarter which dragged a little. Probably a four-star if the book had ended a hundred pages sooner.
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Sam Kates, The Reckoning

“The crackle of ice being broken on the slop bucket awoke him. Thin grey light penetrated the hut through a narrow grille in the opposite wall. A man stood on the rotting plank floor, looking down at him. “It was Daniel,” the man said, rich voice belying a wasting physique. “He has found peace, Mannie?” “Yes, Samuel. He has found peace.” Samuel listened to Mannie grunt as he climbed to his cubicle. He felt a stirring beside him. Joe’s voice was heavy with sleep. “I was in a steaming bath. A fluffy white towel draped over the side. Then I heard Mannie. What was he doing in my dream?” “Daniel’s dead.” “One less for them.” They made no move to rise. Five months in camp had taught them the value of conserving energy. “Do you dream, Samuel?” “Yes. Rachel is grown up in my dreams. She is beautiful.” “I dream of Helena. I hold her tight, refusing to let her go. I am glad that it is only a dream. If I hadn’t forced her mother to take her away before it was too late…” “Sometimes,” said Samuel, “I imagine that I hadn’t let my parents take Rachel. She clung to me. The loss of her mother hit her hard.” “Helena is fortunate. She still has her mother.” “She still has her father, too.” “But for how much longer? You have heard the whispers. The Red Army is coming.” “Maybe it will be here today.” “Too soon. Perhaps a week. Who knows? By then, we could all be dead.” “If only there was a way to…” He sighed. “It doesn’t matter.” “Say it.” “If only there was a way to see our daughters again. Just once. I am not afraid of death, but my greatest regret will be not having gazed upon my daughter’s fair face one more time.”  “Maybe there is a way.” “Joe, do not make jokes.” “I am serious. What if we could ensure that one of us leaves here alive? Listen…” * * *”
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“Collarbones held up frayed shirts like coat hangers. Trousers hung limply from jutting hips. Limbs shorn of flesh seemed improbably long.”
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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


message 5: by L

L 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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