Hey lovelies! Meet Samantha Goodwin – the author of the debut novel, Murder at Macbeth, long listed for the international Flash 500 Novel Award that is available now on Amazon. I had the pleasure to interview Samantha and ask her few questions about her and her career as a writer. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
In my day job, I’m a Chartered Marketing Manager for a national charity that supports people with learning disabilities and have written professionally for my business career for over a decade before turning my hand to fiction. I live in Leeds, England and have recently become a new mum to my young son, Jack, so me and my husband, Chris, are still working out our new roles as parents!
I’ve just released my debut crime mystery novel, Murder at Macbeth, which centers around a talented, young actress who unwittingly stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is tampered with. It’s a classic whodunnit as suspicion immediately falls on her eclectic band of castmates and the detectives have to figure out who had the motive. Bitter rivalries, secret trysts and troubled pasts are just the beginning of the story…
2. What has inspired you to write a novel with the plot revolving around Shakespearean play?
I love Shakespeare and I’ve always been fascinated by the superstitions surrounding Macbeth – about it being cursed and the fact the play itself is about corruption and deception provided an interesting parallel to the murder mystery. I performed in a high school production of Macbeth, so that definitely inspired me. Plus, I found the concept of interviewing suspects who are also actors really interesting; they could so easily be playing a part to hide the truth.
3.What was the highlight of writing this book for you as an author?
My highlight was being longlisted for an international debut novel award! I was absolutely thrilled as I certainly didn’t expect it. I’ve also been overwhelmed by the positive recognition that I have received from other authors and book bloggers. One of my most exciting moments to date was receiving a glowing testimonial from the No.1 bestselling crime author Joy Ellis who said she loved my book and it was a “cracker” of a debut novel! To get such great feedback from an author I have admired for years was incredible.
4. What’s next for you, are you working on anything right now?
Currently I’ve been mainly focusing on my book launch for Murder at Macbeth, so have been working on numerous guest posts and author interviews to help spread the word. I do have a few other projects in mind to work on next, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out more…
5. Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with positive people who will spur you on. Writing groups and online communities are great for when you need advice. It’s good to make those connections early on so you don’t feel isolated and are motivated to keep going.
And don’t worry about getting it right first time. One of my favourite writing quotes is from Shannon Hale who said, “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
I hope you enjoy this interview, let me know down in the comment section!
My thanks to Samantha for taking the time for collaboration and allowing me to read her debut book. If you want to learn more about her or her novel, the links are below.
Until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!
Amazon Link: http://bit.ly/murderatmacbeth
Goodreads Link: http://bit.ly/murderatmacbethgoodreads
Author Website: http://samanthagoodwinnet.wordpress.com