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Today we were able to interview mystery author, Samantha Thomson, who has an interest in both true crime and astrology.
We hope you enjoy reading her thoughts about writing inspiration, coffee shops, and small town murders as much as we did. 😊
1 – Hi Samantha! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with us today. Could you introduce yourself and your book/s to our readers?
Thank you so much for having me! I’m Samantha Thomson, the author of The Clearbook Murders: The First One. It’s about a young Private Investigator that recently learns that she’s lost her only living relative and inherits his property. When this big city Private Investigator, Ember Morgan gets tossed into a small town murder mystery, will she be able to solve the case, or will she crack under pressure?
Hoping to leave behind more than just her troubled past, Ember packs up her belongings and moves to a quiet town on the edge of Washington. What she doesn’t know is the small town is on the brink of collapse, as tales of deception and deceit are long overdue. Teamed up with the towns handsome deputy, she’ll embark on a journey even bigger than herself. Through each new twist and turn, Ember must re-examine the clues to find a small town killer, and possibly even herself.
2 – We understand you enjoy watching true crime documentaries. Did these inspire you to write your book or was there something else?
Yes! I love watching true crime and murder mysteries of any kind. It’s hard to pry me away from the TV when they’re on. I definitely think this had a hand in my inspiration to finally write a murder mystery of my own.
3 – The Clearbrook Murders is one of many small town murder mysteries. What do you think makes it stand out from all the rest?
I think what makes this small town murder mystery stand out is that the main character didn’t grow up in this town. So not only is she learning to navigate her way around, but she’s also learning to express her feelings among strangers and people she has never met before. I feel like there is a sense of vulnerability in that.
And the fact that because she doesn’t know anyone, it’s harder for her to pinpoint a suspect. She has to rely a lot on what the people of this small town tell her. Which raises the question, who are you willing to trust? And it forces the people of this small town to ask themselves, do you really know people as well as you think you do?
4 – Aside from mystery, do you – or will you – ever dabble in other genres? If so, which genres do you – or would you – choose?
Absolutely! I would love to dip my toes in many different genres! I love the idea of writing romance, as well as fantasy, something to do with magic. I’m also extremely fascinated in dystopia and thriller novels. Maybe one day I’ll try my hand at those too.
5 – You recently mentioned in a tweet that “Someone out there needs your writing. Keep going.” Do you think you could expand on that a little?
Thank you for asking! As they say, you never know what another person is going through, at least not completely. My book focuses on a main character who is also trying to find herself after something tragic happens. I would hope that if someone else out there was lost or struggling to find out who they were, that maybe my work could help them through that. (Not a lot of this is discovered in book one, but it’s something I hope to develop over the course of this series. So make sure you stay tuned.)
And perhaps that’s why we read, and in moments of darkness we turn to books so that we can find ourselves. Or at least find the words to things we already know, but maybe don’t know how to feel yet. I want to write so that maybe one day people can start to see glimpses of themselves in my stories. I want to inspire people and I think that’s what I mean when I say someone out there will need your writing. We never know what kind of change it could inspire in someone else.
6 – It seems you frequently work on your stories in coffee shops. Do you feel this influences your writing in any way?
Of course! In coffee shops I meet so many people. People who are wiser than me, older than me, bolder than I am, funnier than I am, there are so many characteristics of people I could list them all day. What I mean to say is that there’s something inspiring about sitting back and watching how people interact, how they talk, and the little quirks that everyone has. Whenever I struggle to write about a character’s emotions or how they walk and talk, I simply just go to my local coffee shop. Without fail I’ll meet someone who inspires me!
7 – Aside from writing, do you have any other hobbies or skills to share with us?
Aside from writing, I love to cook! Whether I’m good at it is debatable. I also love art. I’m trying to learn how to paint and draw, and honestly it’s quite difficult. I love Astrology and learning about the stars! There’s a special part in The Clearbrook Murders that’s all about the stars, I had to sneak that in there.
8 – According to your Instagram bio, you’re a “cat mom”. Do you mind introducing us to your lovely “babies”?
I love talking about my sweet kitties. I have two cats at home Jasper and Zayna. Jasper is a spunky cat, full of energy and personality. Zayna is my sweet black cat and she is the gentler one, she loves to snuggle. Especially when I’m writing.
9 – It looks like you run a blog alongside writing stories. What kinds of things do you blog about?
I do! Although, admittedly, I’m not very good at keeping up with it. I try to post updates on where I’m at in my writing process, and things I think my readers will find interesting about life as a writer. I hope one day to keep up with it and fully commit to updating it regularly.
10 – And lastly, what are the first five books you would recommend to somebody off the top of your head?
Just kidding. If I had to choose I would say:
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.
The Handmaid’s Tale (followed by The Testaments) by Margaret Atwood.
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.
Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.
And The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White
Again, thank you for having me, and learning a little bit about The Clearbrook Murders.
Thank you once again for agreeing to take part in this interview, Samantha, and for introducing us to your lovely cats. We wish you success in all of your current and future book-related endeavours.
As previously mentioned, Samantha Thomson is the author of The Clearbook Murders: The First One which you can find here on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook format.
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