Sam Vickery

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How a Group of Orphaned Victorian Boys Shaped My Life Forever

street-childrenWhen I was eight, after a particularly inspiring history lesson, I had a vivid and life changing dream. In the dream I was a grown woman living in Victorian London. I was walking over a bridge when I heard crying.

When I went to investigate under the bridge, there were several filthy children there – all boys, starving, skinny and orphaned. The moment I saw them, I was overcome with an intense need to be their mother. To clean them and feed them, to keep them safe and warm and above all, loved. To give them the childhood they deserved.

This dream returned to me many times over the course of my childhood, and I always knew I would someday tell this story. Though it has morphed into something quite different, it was the basis for my upcoming modern day novel The Promise, and the essence of that dream is still within the pages.

As a teenager I desperately wanted to write, but the words would never come. Many an afternoon was spent with a pen and a blank pad of paper, laying on my bed and doodling in the margins. But after several years I lost the dream to write and got on with living instead. Lo and behold, when I had some real life experiences under my belt, ideas began to materialise. The right words finally came to me.

When my first child came into the world, I finally found the floodgates had opened. I had something I was so passionate about I needed desperately to share it with others. My website Love Parenting was born, and not long later my first non fiction book Trust me I’m a Toddler was published.

Over the next few years parenting was the focus of my writing, but as time went by I began to feel a pull towards fiction. Characters began popping up in my head, stories I needed to tell, injustices that needed to be shared.

When my daughter was born, everything fell apart. After a peaceful unassisted birth, we soon discovered she was a very poorly baby. Intestinal failure, they said. Five long months were spent in hospital, where she had to endure surgery after surgery, test after test.

We were finally sent home changed beyond recognition, beyond grateful to be leaving the hospital, but unable to rid ourselves of the memories. Those were the darkest days of my life.

It wasn’t long after that, I began to write again. I hadn’t intended to start a new work of fiction, but the words came nonetheless. I began to see the story unfolding and knew it was time for that childhood dream to be shared.

If you look through the list of my books, you’ll notice they don’t seem to have a place together. The genres skip from young adult fiction, parenting books, adult fiction and even a children’s picture book. But the one thing they all have in common is the conviction of my beliefs.

Love, bravery, kindness, especially for children and above all, freedom at all costs are the underlying messages in everything I write. I believe that people should do the right thing, even when it’s terrifying to do. Even when society says differently. The masses are not always right.

If that sounds like your kind of writing, stick around. Lets change the world together.

The Promise will be released later this year.

 

The Light of Oriah: Burning Jungle – It’s here!!

I am so pleased to announce that The Light of Oriah: Burning Jungle is now ready and available to purchase both in paperback and for your eReader!

The Light of Oriah - Burning JungleSynopsis:

A fast paced fantasy fiction taking us on a quest from the depths of the Congo, to the rural woodlands of England and on to the hot and humid rainforest of Borneo. Romantic, enticing and utterly addictive.

Hidden deep within the Congolese jungle live a unique and secretive family. A Vampire, a Mortal, and their fifteen year old daughter, Oriah, a Child of Venus. Their lives are idyllic. Under the blazing sun Oriah paints, swims and practices her gift of controlling the elements around her.

But the peace is not to last.

The Vampire dictator Naraku and his loyal army, The Chikara, have taken a special interest in Oriah. When they descend on her home destroying everything she holds dear, she flees to England in search of answers.

But instead of answers, she finds more questions, none of which she can seem to solve.

Is the mysterious Sebastian really trustworthy? And why is she so drawn to him?

What do the Chikara want from her?

And how far is she willing to push herself in the fight for her freedom?

The Light of Oriah: Burning Jungle – Book Cover Reveal!

Ooh this is an exciting day! This book is a project I have been working on for longer than I care to say, and finally, the end is near. I can’t wait to share this young adult fantasy fiction with you all.

What do you think of the cover?

The Light of Oriah - Burning Jungle

Synopsis:

A fast paced fantasy fiction taking us on a quest from the depths of the Congo, to the rural woodlands of England and on to the hot and humid rainforest of Borneo. Romantic, enticing and utterly addictive.

Hidden deep within the Congolese jungle live a unique and secretive family. A Vampire, a Mortal, and their fifteen year old daughter, Oriah, a Child of Venus. Their lives are idyllic. Under the blazing sun Oriah paints, swims and practices her gift of controlling the elements around her.

But the peace is not to last.

The Vampire dictator Naraku and his loyal army, The Chikara, have taken a special interest in Oriah. When they descend on her home destroying everything she holds dear, she flees to England in search of answers.

But instead of answers, she finds more questions, none of which she can seem to solve.

Is the mysterious Sebastian really trustworthy? And why is she so drawn to him?

What do the Chikara want from her?

And how far is she willing to push herself in the fight for her freedom?

COMING SOON!!!

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Misunderstood Monster! The Wait Is Over!

I am very happy to announce that Misunderstood Monster is now available on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle format. This is my first children’s book, a story I wrote (and illustrated) after a conversation with my son and his friend who were playing a game with an “unkind monster.”  I questioned how they knew he was unkind, and after some discussion they concluded that perhaps he was friendly after all. Just because he looked different, didn’t mean he was something to be feared. As always, I love to hear your thoughts so please remember to drop by Amazon and leave a review if you and your little ones enjoy the story.

Misunderstood Monster

When a boy bumps into a monster in the magical woods, he runs for his life. But he soon realises with the help of his woodland friends, that he may have made a hasty judgement.

A heartwarming tale of acceptance and friendship.

Light of Oriah Buy it Now Light of Oriah Buy it Now


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Misunderstood Monster – Coming VERY Soon!!

DSC05078-001Last week the proof for Misunderstood Monster arrived! This has been such an exciting book to work on, and is the first children’s story I have published.

It is also the first book I have illustrated, and I’ve got to say, I enjoyed it immensely!

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