As a ‘bloodthirsty’ child, what Fay really wanted to become was a pirate. At the age of 8 she received her first professional fee for her story about the birth of the Co-operative Movement, but becoming an author did not figure in her plans. Since changing her career strategy, she has had 24 children’s books published, 13 adult titles and 4 non-fiction history books. Fay loves living in her 16th-century cottage in her home county of Devon, where she pursues her hobbies of rambling, Celtic and Arthurian history and family research. She is married to Jack Priestley, and they have two grown-up children.
Among her backlist are THE SORCERER’S DAUGHTER (Lion YA); CHRIS AND THE DRAGON (Gollancz, 6+); PANGUR BAN (Lion 9+); the MORGAN LE FAY series (Cosmos Books) and THE LAND OF ANGELS (Robert Hale).
For more details about this writer and her work, please see www.faysampson.co.uk
Some reviews of Fay’s work:
"A writer of great invention and power" Books for Keeps
"Truly inspiring" Waterstones’ children’s book buyer
"A breathless, tumbling fantasy…should enchant" Guardian
"Great book, great read, great contribution!" Amazon
The ebook of A Corpse in Holy Waters (Greenbrier) was published November 2014.
A CORPSE IN HOLY WATERS (Greenbrier). Third in the Aidan Mysteries. This time it is Lucy who is on the run as they move from one holy well in Cornwall to another. She has a secret she will not even tell Aidan and his daughter Melangell. The pursuit ends in disaster, and now all three of them are in deadly danger.
FATHER UNKNOWN (Severn House). Family history researcher Suzie Fewings sets out to help an American visitor find the truth behind a bastardy case in her family. The reality of unmarried motherhood comes very close when a teenager friend of the Fewings is found to be pregnant. When she disappears, the fear is that she may lose her life before they find her and uncover the father.
Fourth in the Suzie Fewings series.
"Sampson does a nice job of offering multiple candidates for the mantle of bad guy, and the twists will keep most readers wondering what's actually been going on". Publishers Weekly
THE OVERLOOKER (Severn House) Nick's roots in industrial Lancashire take the Fewings in search of his weaver ancestors. They are startled to be warned to drop their investigations. They have inadvertently stumbled upon a dark secret in the decaying mill town. But they run into frightening danger before they discover the person behind it. Fifth in the Suzie Fewings mysteries.
"This smart series, full of fascinating material on genealogical research, should be recommended to members of library genealogy clubs". Booklist.
BENEATH THE SOIL (Severn House) On a visit to a farm in search of Suzie's ancestors, the Fewings hear a gunshot. Next day, the woman they have been talking to is found dead. Everything points to her husband. But hidden in the woods the Fewings find an unexpected secret. Soon, someone in Moortown is determined to silence them. Sixth in the Suzie Fewings genealogical mysteries.
THE HUNTED HARE (Lion) Aidan, his wife Jenny, who has terminal cancer, and their lively daughter Melangell have come to stay in the healing centre of Pennant Melangell. The owner of the guest house is found dead. There are many in the village who stand to gain from his death. Even Jenny becomes a suspect. As Aidan tries to protect her, it does not occur to him that it is Melangell who is in danger. First of the Aidan Mysteries.
The Hunted Hare won the CRT (Christian Resources Together) award for Fiction Book of the Year in 2013.
"Don't miss this fantastic mystery novel. Blending the mystical heritage of Celtic Christianity with a gripping, edge-of-your-seat detective mystery." Eden.co.uk.
DEATH ON LINDISFARNE (Lion) Aidan takes Melangell to Lindisfarne, to relive old memories of his days with Jenny. He meets the Methodist minister Lucy, who also has a painful past she doesn't want to talk about. When a teenager is found dead on the beach, it seems that Lucy's past is about to catch up with her. Neither of them suspects where the real danger lies, and that it could threaten Melangell. Second of the Aidan Mysteries.
"An excellent job. She creates such a feeling of the atmosphere of this Northumbrian island that she tempts the reader to visit."
Crediton Country Courier.
IN THE BLOOD is an adult psychological thriller, set within a very 'normal' family. However, when horrors from the past come to light during the mother's research into the family tree, this coincides with frightening developments in the present day. The old certainties and trusts are gone...to be replaced by suspicion and fear - that old evil may remain in the blood (Severn House, 2009)
"The engaging first in a new series... Sampson deftly weaves historic and modern-day crimes in a cerebral yet exciting tale of guilt, innocence and circumstance". Publishers Weekly.
"The conclusion is as surprising as it is tragic. A gripping story and a believable depiction of how a family can be destroyed by guilt and doubt make this a fine read for crime fans". Booklist.
HARD ROCK is Fay's 40th published book. Our protagonist Collan starts work down the tin mines, but his excitement turns to terror as a disaster on his first day shows how dangerous life is underground. The danger increases when he is put to work with the violent Walter Kitto. What difference can it make when John Wesley rides into Cornwall? (Scripture Union, 2009).
"Hard Rock is a brilliant historical adventure story" Eden.co.uk
A MALIGNANT HOUSE is the sequel. Family history researcher Suzie is delighted to get the run of the document chest in a stately home. But there is more going on there than she expected. She discovers that violent conflict is not confined to the 17th century Civil War, but can endanger her and her family. (Severn House, 2009).
"It’s all about the house…or rather Hereward Court which includes extensive grounds. So in a way it’s a bit like Rebecca. It’s also about history, genealogy, and quite modern in the crux of the crimes".
British Crime Club Pick. Poisoned Pen Booknews.
"Cozy fans with a genealogical bent will best appreciate Sampson's . . . second mystery to feature family researcher Suzie Fewings. . . a surprising. . . conclusion". Publishers Weekly
"This traditional cozy with an engaging cast of quirky characters will appeal to genealogists as well as fans of British cozies in the classical tradition". Booklist.
THOSE IN PERIL is the third book in the Suzie Frewings mystery series. Nick Fewings is left a portrait of his great-grandfather, a famous lifeboatman. His wife Suzie, a keen family historian, suggest the family take a holiday in St Furseys to find out more. Their daughter Millie is intrigued by reports of modern drug smugglers and by the legend of an old smuggler’s cave nearby. She and her cousin Anna set out to investigate. They don’t return. Desperate, Nick, his son Tom and brother Leon set out to search. Soon the police and several colourful members of the local community are involved. But the story behind the girls’ disappearance is stranger than any of them suspect. (Severn House, 2010)