Friday, 8 May 2015

Guest Post: Interview with Samie Sands Author of Lockdown and Forgotten, The AM13 Series

Today, I am welcoming author Samie Sands, who has agreed to answer some questions about herself and her books. So, without further ado, onwards to the interview! P.S. Samie is also running a competition, read on down to find out more.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Until a few years back, I was a graphic designer, but I’ve always wanted to try writing, so as soon as the idea for Lockdown came into my mind, I gave it a go.

I have a degree in Media Studies and PR and currently live in a small seaside town in the UK with my family. I love to travel to gain inspiration from different places and other cultures.

Tell us about your book(s).

Lockdown is the first book in the AM13 series, and Forgotten is the sequel. I am currently working on the third and final book. They’ve been published by Triplicity Publishing.

The books are based in the zombie apocalypse, but they aren’t your traditional gore and action novels, they have a much more feminine touch to them. The characters in the books aren’t equipped for this world – they aren’t in the military, they don’t have medical knowledge – they are just your average person who has to survive.

Do you have a favourite character from your book(s)? Why?

Leah is the main character from Lockdown and I spent a lot of time with her, trying to get her right. I wanted her to be flawed, normal, easy to relate to and from the feedback I’ve received, it seems I got it right!

What's easier for you, action, or dialogue, or description? 

I actually find writing thought easier, which is why all of my books are from the first person perspective. I think you can really express how someone is feeling this way – particularly when it’s inner turmoil.

What is your favourite genre and why?

My favourite genre to write is horror because it’s a lot of fun to develop characters due to the horrific, life changing situations facing them. However my favourite genres to read are rom-com and dystopian fiction.

If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?


Do you have any odd (writing) habits?

I write at odd times. Sometimes I’ll wake up at 2am with an idea that I just have to get down at that moment. It’s annoying because then I’ll be exhausted the next day!

What's your favourite colour, why?

Yellow because it’s bright and happy. You can never be miserable when wearing yellow!



Samie Sands

Leah's practical joke has spiralled way out of control. Now everyone seems convinced that the apocalypse is coming - in the form of zombies. The government is calling the virus AM13, and is advising – or more like forcing - everyone to stay indoors while they 'clean up the mess'. Leah tries to persuade everyone that it was all just a horrible mistake, however she starts to see there may be more truth to it all than she first thought.



Samie Sands

The Lockdown has failed. The AM13 virus is spreading out of control and there doesn’t seem to be any way of stopping it. The Government announces its new plan—a sanctuary in an area completely untouched by the infected—as long as you can get there unscathed of course...


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About Samie Sands:
'Lockdown' - the first book in the AM13 series - is Samie Sand's first novel. That and the sequel 'Forgotten' have been published by Triplicity Publishing. She is currently working on the 3rd and final installment.

Aside from her novels, she has had a number of articles published in e-zines including one of the most popular pieces in Zombie Guide Magazine. Samie has also had a number of short stories published in a wide range of very successful anthologies.

Samie has a degree in Media Studies and currently resides in a small seaside town in the UK. She loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cutures. To find out more about her, check out


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