Fay Sampson - Editor
Fay Sampson has three times been shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, with Pangur Ban, Chris and the Dragon and A Free Man on Sunday, and won the Barco de Vapor award. Her crime novel The Hunted Hare was the CRT Fiction Book of the Year.
She has taught creative writing and been a Writer in Residence. She has been editing manuscripts for nearly 20 years. Fay has helped other writers to publication, including Mark Leyland who won an award for an unpublished children’s novel. Hilton Pashley’s Gabriel’s Clock became the first in a YA series. Fay has had many positive feedbacks from clients, like the following: “It’s exactly what I was hoping for – your feedback is invaluable.”
WHY WE LOVE FAY
She is the author of 55 books. She has written novels for children, and fantasy, crime and historical novels for adults, as well as some Dark Age history. Her novels include the Morgan le Fay fantasy series and the Suzie Fewings genealogical mystery books.
WHAT FAY SAYS ABOUT EDITING
Editing is something I really enjoy. I have worked both as a writer and as a maths teacher. The latter is more relevant than you might think. I’m used to analysing work to see just where it went wrong. Often an aspiring novelist has a great idea, but somehow it doesn’t quite come off. My skill is in identifying why. I’ve had a publisher send me a script which they knew was good, but didn’t quite work. I was able to spot the problem. The writer is now a well-published author.
One well-known writer used to send me all her new scripts to check.
I have a low boredom threshold. I have ranged across a wide range of genres – children’s and adult, fantasy, historical and crime, as well as non-fiction. I enjoy the variety.
I’m looking for clients who bring a fresh eye to the world they write about, whether the one we are familiar with or an imagined one, and for great stories that keep me turning the pages.
Genres Fay specialises in
Fay's published books
The Hunted Hare
Pennant Melangell lies at the head of a mountain valley in North Wales. It consists of a church, with the medieval shrine and pilgrimage site of St Melangell, a few cottages – and a newly constructed hotel, the House of the Hare, built by its imposing director Thaddeus Brown. To the House of the Hare come Aidan and Jenny Davison, with their seven-year-old daughter Melangell. Jenny has advanced cancer: will the sacred location become a place of healing? Or will the hotel’s new facilities – for instance, its impressive archery range – become a place of death? In this secluded setting, who might be the victim? The first of a series of new mysteries featuring Aidan and Melangell and set in what Fay Sampson describes as the “thin” places of the Celtic world.
The Wounded Thorn
The first in a thrilling new mystery series set around the sacred historical sites of the British Isles”
Recently retired teacher Hilary decides that the best way to stop herself worrying about her husband, who s away doing voluntary work in war-torn Gaza, is to distract herself with a holiday. She invites her good friend Veronica, a recent widow, to accompany her on a trip to Glastonbury, to see the ancient sights.
The Wounded Snake
Friends Hilary Masters and Veronica Taylor are eager to embark upon their weekend-long masterclass in crime writing at the evocative, fourteenth-century Morland Abbey, hoping to gain inspiration for their own novels. The queen of crime fiction herself, Dinah Halsgrove, is the guest of honour, giving the opening talk. But when Dinah suddenly falls ill later that evening, the pair can’t help being suspicious. Has her mysterious illness been staged by the organisers, or does someone in their writing group have murderous intent?