Hey, Author!

Hey, Author! is my new place to find out things about my favourite authors that other blogs just don’t ask. The nitty-gritty. The dirt. The skinny.

Not stuff about their forthcoming books, or their writing process, none of that high-brow shenanigans thank you – no – Hey, Author! is about getting to know the person behind the bestseller.

So let’s get to it.

The next author in my Hey, Author! line-up is Sam Blake, author of the very creepy-sounding Little Bones, the first book in the Cat Connolly detective series which is already being hailed as a bestseller.

Sam Blake

It’s been some launch week for Sam, who is AKA Vanessa Fox-O’Loughlin, one of the most influential book and publishing advisors in Ireland today. Not only have acclaimed Irish crime writers like Niamh O’Connor and Alex Barclay been singing the praises of Little Bones, many bookshops around the country have embraced the sinister premise to the book by displaying wedding dresses in their windows next to their rapidly diminishing piles of stock.


But never fear, I will stop at nothing to get my Hey, Author! readers the information they need to know, and so using my own investigative prowess, I managed to track Sam down in between her launch parties and book signings last week, and I made her talk. It wasn’t pretty. There were secret passwords and cocktails involved. But I did it for you.

So, Sam Blake! We like the look of your book. We might even buy it and read it. But first, there are some things we need to know. What is your:

Favourite night out in your hometown?

I think my favourite place in my hometown, a wine bar called Scotties, may not exist anymore – it’s been a loooong time since I lived in St. Albans (over 20 years, ahem). Here in Dublin it’s Ragazzi restaurant in Dalkey, makes me feel like I’m in Italy, or Jamie’s in Dundrum where we’ve had some great girls’ nights out!

Favourite skincare/haircare product?

I use Boots No 7 for everything, fabulous – for everything!

Favourite book of all time? (Just one!)

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, no contest


Favourite clothes shop?

I am totally dedicated to House of Fraser online where I check Ted Baker and Karen Millen MUCH too often, but their service is unbelievable, you can order online at midnight, get everything delivered to Dundrum almost the next day (or when suits), try it on and if you don’t like it send it back!! It takes all the pain out of shopping (and the time, which I’m always short of).

 shopping 1

Karen Millen have managed all of my styling for my book launch events too, and they have been amazing! (I was wondering where that gorgeous little black number came from – and how convenient that Sam and I are the same size….- Ed.)


Favourite restaurant anywhere in the world?

Ragazzi in Dalkey.

Favourite bar anywhere in the world?

Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall, shortly followed by Langhams in London (they have crazy golden spider yokes climbing up the wall, haven’t got to the bottom of them yet!)


Favourite movie?

Tricky one – Pretty Woman I think, but also love Notting Hill (romantic at heart)!

pretty woman

Favourite band/musician?

Like everyone I love Adele, but I also love Jess Glynne and I’m a closet One Direction and Beiber fan but I couldn’t confess to that in public.


Favourite meal?

I love monkfish but whenever I’m out I seem to order a chicken Caesar salad, I’m a creature of habit (like this guy below – Ed).


Favourite tipple?

Gordons & Schweppes or Baileys with ice. That should be an ‘and’ not an ‘or’ of course.


Good gurrl yerself, Sam. Not the average Belieber tipple, I’d guess, but the perfect choice nonetheless for a St. Albans girl who at this stage truly must be more Irish than the Irish themselves.

So readers, you have all the important info now, but if you need to know more about Sam Blake and her detective Cat Connolly, you can follow her here on Twitter and on Facebook and don’t forget to get your copy of Little Bones before they get sold out!

little bones

Until the next stalkingly-good Hey, Author! post,

Sheena x