How long have you been writing?
I have been writing now for about 3 years. It all started when the idea for Lockdown (the first book in the AM13 series) came to me – I’d read a lot of zombie horror novels, but the main characters all seemed to be extraordinary and very capable of surviving the nightmare surrounding them. I started to think ‘what about everybody else?’ – and that’s where the very ordinary, normal (and sometimes a little vacuous!) Leah came to life.
What was the most challenging part about writing Forgotten?
I wrote Lockdown for myself, then was lucky enough to get a publishing offer. Writing Forgotten was different because I knew that it was going to get published. It put much more pressure on me than before. After a few false starts, I decided to try a new writing style, and introduce 3 (very different) characters into the mix. Ethan is an OCD sufferer, who struggled with real life before the zombies came along, Alyssa is an overly confident teenager who knows that she has what it takes to survive and Dr. Jones has been selected to help find a cure.
In Lockdown, the Government has decided to quarantine people inside their own homes while they clear up the mess, in Forgotten there seems to be a sanctuary, totally untouched by infection. Each brings its own trials and tribulations with it.
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
I enjoy writing stories from the perspective of the people who would normally be ignored – particularly in this apocalyptic series. We aren’t all badass with amazing survivalist skills. In fact, most of us aren’t – so how would we cope?
Will this book be part of a series?
Yes, it’s a trilogy. Lockdown, Forgotten and the third book in the series Extinct will be out later this year. There are more details at http://thelockdown.co.uk.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
I am working alongside the publisher to get Extinct ready for publication. This book centres around Georgie – a zombie author – who cannot cope with the concept of her books coming to life in front of her very eyes. This book ends the series explosively, with twists and turns along the way.
About the Book
Author: Samie Sands
Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror
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 infection.
If you can get there unscathed of course…
She currently has 2 books published by Triplicity Publishing – Lockdown and Forgotten, with the third book in progress. She also has had short stories published in a number of very successful anthologies.
She lives in a small seaside town in the UK, but loves to travel to gain inspiration from new places and different cultures. To follow Samie’s work, please check out http://samiesands.com.