I’ve had a fantastic time out and about at recent events promoting A Bad Winter, and my previous books. I was at the Stannington Story Festival again in September, always a lovely intimate festival, we had the Dungworth Choir performing in the marquee and no one cared about the rain! I appeared at Walkley Library for a nice relaxed evening chat with library volunteer and fellow writer, Anne Grange, and we had some enthusiastic writing group and book group members come along to ask questions. Then I was guest author at the first Walsall Book Social of the year. This is a lovely warm and welcoming informal book group who meet in the Light Cinema in Walsall once a month. I’m back in Walsall this Saturday for a spin-off event for World Book Day, reading and signing, and I’ve got more events planned for later in the year that I’ll spill about nearer the time. I’ll leave you with a few photos and hope to see you at a book event soon! Follow me on Instagram @sampriestleybooks or Twitter @sampriestley or friend me on Facebook!
My latest novel, A Bad Winter, will be out on 21st September! The pre-order page is up on Amazon now, and I’m having a launch at The Rutland Arms in Sheffield. I’m also doing a little blog tour in the run up to publication and I’ll be appearing at The Stannington Story Festival on 30th September. I’ll post more information as we go, or you can keep up to date on social media
I’m now one of the regular writers at How To Be a Redhead, writing about all things ginger!
I’ll be writing a monthly blog at Folded Word. It’ll be mostly fiction with the odd bit of travel and observation. The theme is our need for, and interaction with, green spaces in urban landscapes. Here’s the first one!
Orange Balloon, my second chapbook with Folded Word, will be published in August this year!
A great review of Reliability of Rope up on CrimeSquad!
“Mystery surrounds the death of Peter in a drama told through the eyes of three very different people. This is a story of grief and guilt with very human characterisation and tightly written prose by an author who understands raw emotions and the complexities of relationships.
The essence of the story is the suicide of Peter and the events leading up to it. The people closest to Peter all had final conversations with him and it is the scrutiny we inflict upon ourselves at a time of tragedy that is explored here. Meaningless conversations, throwaway words, suddenly take on a more haunting significance.
As the story moves backwards and forwards from before the suicide to the aftermath the pace quickens to an unexpected finale as ghosts from the past resurface.
‘Reliability of Rope’ is an intelligent and original story told with the believability of a real voice. Samantha Priestley is a dramatic writer of immense talent; a fine addition to literary fiction.”
I wrote a short story for the launch of the Penny Shorts website. 50p per download!
I was on Rony Robinson’s show last week on Radio Sheffield, talking about writing, books, life and stuff. Go to 02:07:49 ish if you want to give it a listen
The book launch for Reliability of Rope will be at The Three Tuns pub in Sheffield, Thursday 11th June at 7.30. Readings, Q&A, chat and beer!
I’ll be Chris Nickson’s guest at The Big Bookend Festival in Leeds, 6th June at 2pm, Central Library. My first event for the new book, ‘Reliability of Rope’
Armley Press’ John Lake says he picked Sam’s book to publish because: This intriguingly titled psychological thriller opens with a young woman gatecrashing a funeral on an invitation sent to the wrong person. Why she does this and her connection to the other mourners gradually generates a tale of skeletons in the family closet and discloses a network of people complicit in each other’s guilt. The lower-middle-class gentility of Lyme Regis makes an appositely deceptive backdrop for a tale that gets darker as it gets more complex. Ultimately, what I love about this book is the scope of the journey, from a moment of almost idle curiosity to a string of dramatic payoffs, each more satisfying than the last, keeping the reader in suspense till the final page. A fine achievement.