Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Guest Author Interview - Thomas Samson

I'm excited to say that kicking off my Guest Author feature this month is Thomas Samson, author of the super-sexy soccer romance 'Playing Offside'.

Read on to find out more about the book, and Thomas himself in my Guest Author Interview...

Author Bio

I'm the author of 'Playing Offside', a biography type novel about a fictional professional footballer, and 'Grande Plage', a short story, again, about a professional footballer falling in love one summer in France. 

As you'll see from what I write, I'm an avid football fan, especially of Liverpool FC.

Away from writing, I love taking pictures of sunrises, when I'm up in time to see them, and sunsets. My wife says it's a weird obsession that she doesn't get. Each to their own thing. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and our two sons.

Author Interview

What inspired you to write ‘Playing Offside’, and can you tell us a little bit about the book?

I was a fan of the cartoon strip Striker” which was mainly about the life of fictional footballer Nick Jarvis. I followed that strip for years. I was also a big fan of TV series “Dream Team” which was on Sky One years ago. And like any young lad, I dreamed of being a footballer. Sadly that never happened, so with Striker and Dream Team as inspiration, I created the character of Shane Henderson and lived my dream through him in Playing Offside.
The original idea was to write a series of books about Shane’s life and I actually published Playing Offside as two books under a pseudonym. But when writing the third part and doing some back-story work, I took a big dislike to the second part. So I rewrote it, dropped the pseudonym and published it as the book it is now.

Are any of the characters in the book based on any real-life footballers?

Shane is purely fictional but there’s a little of Steven Gerrard in him, the young inspirational captain with a huge love of the club he plays for.

If ‘Playing Offside’ was made into a film, who would be your ideal cast?

Former Home & Away star Dan Ewing would play Shane. Handsome but a little bit rugged, just how I pictured Shane to be when writing him. Mia Rodrigues is Shane’s best friend, boss and for some parts of the book, his lover. She’s be played by model and TV presenter Kelly Brook, mainly because she was the visual muse I used when picturing how Mia looked.
Shane’s estranged wife April Flowers would be played by former actress and controversial Big Brother contestant Roxanne Pallet. I actually had a picture of how April looked before any other character in the book and Roxanne is a very close match.
Former Emmerdale star Natalie Anderson would play Shelby Cooper, Shane’s other love interest.

Do you have any plans to write any more books based around the characters in ‘Playing Offside’?

I hope to write the next part in the life of Shane Henderson one day. I have a few chapters in draft but finding the time is harder than it was when I wrote the first book.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and what made you want to start writing?

I’ve been with Marianne for nearly 28 years, married for almost 23 of those years. We have two sons, one coming 15 this year and the other coming nine. After 30 years in the motor trade, I took a career change last year and now work in Events Safety and also serve as a Community Councillor for my local area.
I initially used writing as an escape from reality. I’ve always had a good imagination and writing short stories about the characters in my head seemed to come easy. But I never wanted to be a writer. A few years back, I wrote a short story for the blog I had at the time. An old friend suggested publishing it, so I did. That then led to me writing the initial concept which eventually became Playing Offside.

Do you have a designated writing space?

I wish I did but I don’t. Playing Offside was mostly written in the wee small hours or at the crack of dawn, when I had peace to do so. These days, I don’t seem to have the time to dedicate to writing.

Have you ever wanted to try writing a book in a different genre? If so, what would that genre be?

I’m a huge fan of James Bond and the Mission: Impossible films. I’d love to create my own 007 or Ethan Hunt. Being an old fashioned romantic though, there would still be some adult themed romance somewhere.

Are there any other authors who have influenced/inspired you?

Well, I did read your Striker series and that both influenced and inspired me with getting Playing Offside done. And it wasn’t as much as influencing or inspiring, more like encouragement from that previously mentioned old friend, who is also an author.

And finally, are you working on any new writing projects at the minute, and if you are, can you tell us anything about them?

I’ve had a story on the backburner now for a few years. It’s again set in the world of football but revolves around the women's game. I’ve actually got about enough material written on that for maybe four or five chapters. One day, maybe.

'Playing Offside' - and 'Grande Plage' - are both available to buy from Amazon. 


Huge thanks to Thomas for stopping by! Watch out for more Guest Author posts coming soon!

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