Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lockdown by Samie Sands @goddessfish @SamieSands







INTERVIEW


1. How did you start your writing career?

I started writing a little bit by accident really. I always read a lot but I never thought I would end up becoming an author, however the story for Lockdown started to come to me the more horror books I read, and it was the book I wanted to read. A lot of zombie books feature very badass main characters that are capable of surviving such a horrific situation, whereas Leah isn’t like that. She’s very typical, ‘girl next door’ type and I wanted to explore how someone more normal would cope in such a situation. She’s flawed and she doesn’t always focus on the right things but I feel that makes her more realistic and easier to identify with.

2. When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

I fit in writing whenever I can but it’s usually much more in the evening. I attempt to get at least a few hours every day but it’s more when the inspiration is flowing!

3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That planning out the plot doesn’t always help! I’ve often got an idea in my head when I start writing but soon the characters take control of the story themselves and things take a very different turn. I like it that way though, I think it’s more exciting.

4. Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?

I get a lot of feedback from readers through messages, emails and a loads through my Wattpad account, actually very positive stuff which is very uplifting. It’s always awesome when writers block gets in the way to hear that someone wants to read more!

5. What do you think makes a good story?

There are a lot of elements that contribute to a good story, I’m a big fan of a good, unexpected plot twist, but I also think it’s very important to have a realistic character that readers can relate to. When main characters are too perfect I find that a bit isolating.

6. What books have most influenced your life?

I love the downward spiral in the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman, I read that when I was younger and I think that influenced me very much when I eventually started writing. It feels like the plot slips through your fingers and rapidly gets out of the characters control. I found that really powerful when I first read it.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Lockdown
by Samie Sands


GENRE:   Horror/Sci Fi

BLURB:

Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…

Breaking out of the Lockdown…

EXCERPT

He’s disgusting. I’ve never seen one this close before, heading towards me with such vigour. I’ve always done my best to avert my eyes from the infected, but now time seems to freeze as I can’t drag my gaze away. What I thought was him shuffling, was actually him dragging his broken, bloodied leg behind him. This wound is so deep I can see bone poking through. I can’t help but retch.

The bite on his shoulder is absolutely huge and rancid—all blackened from the infection. His arm is hanging down by his side, completely useless. He’ll never be able to move that again, no matter what happens. His face is also in a terrible state. His skin is a deep grey, much murkier than the others I’ve seen. He must have been infected for a very long time. The bags under his eyes droop incredibly low, causing his face to look deformed. The blood running down his skin, staining all his clothes, looks really old. Scratch marks cover his torso; he looks as if he’s been brutally beaten in some awful fight. I would never have thought someone could survive these injuries, they’re just so severe. People have died over much less, and yet here he is, still moving towards us, baring his teeth, ready and waiting to eat.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Samie Sands is the author of the AM13 Outbreak series – Lockdown, Forgotten, and Extinct. She’s also had a number of short stories published in very successful short story anthologies. To find out more about her and her work, check out her website at http://samiesands.com.

Lockdown Link US: http://amzn.to/2uoj3b2
Lockdown Link UK: http://amzn.to/2slui7A
Boxset Link US: http://amzn.to/2tu1B8q
Boxset Link UK: http://amzn.to/2s6ED2K

  
GIVEAWAY

Samie Sands will be awarding a $10 Amazon or BN GC to one winner, and three additional winners will each receive a print copy of a book in the series.


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20 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Lisa Brown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Samie Sands said...

Thank you so much for the interview and for sharing Lockdown! Good luck to everyone who's entered the competition! Samie

Kim Pickett said...

Thanks for the chance to win and interview!

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing the great post, I enjoyed reading it!

Joseph Wallace said...

What was your favorite book growing up? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Madonna said...

Do you have a favorite location or setting for your books?

Joseph Wallace said...

What are some of your favorite books? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Joseph Wallace said...

What books are you looking forward to reading in the near future. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Joseph Wallace said...

Who is your favorite book villian. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Samie Sands said...

I always remember really loving the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman. How about you?

Samie Sands said...

A lot of my books are set in locations I know so I can visualise them well, but I don't name them in case I need to take some creative liberty :)

Samie Sands said...

Thank you for reading and good luck!!

Samie Sands said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, good luck!!

Samie Sands said...

Thank you very much!!

Samie Sands said...

In the zombie/post apocalyptic genre I love Adam Bakers books!!

Samie Sands said...

I have lots of books in my TBR list! I don't know where to start haha

Samie Sands said...

I love Amy in Gone Girl. She's just so calculating and crazy

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Ally Swanson said...

Fabulous interview! I really enjoyed reading it!