As you’ve probably gathered since you’ve found your way to my website, my name is Sam Kates. The photo above of a middle-aged bloke with a hair shortage: that’s me.
I live in Wales, a small constituent country of Great Britain and the U.K. Like many of my fellow countrymen, I possess a fondness for rugby union and a good pint of beer. Usually the two go hand in hand.
You’ve probably also gathered that I’m an author of fiction. At the time of writing (December 2014), I have three published books available on most online retailers in e-book and paperback formats. Two more books are due to be published shortly.
In March 2013, I teamed up with the good folk at Smithcraft Press. The opening book in the Earth Haven series, The Cleansing, was, in December 2013, the first book to be published as a result of that partnership. The second book, The Beacon, is due to be published in early January.
Earth Haven is a long (hence the breakdown into three books) apocalyptic tale of the eradication of most of the world’s population and the handful of survivors’ struggle against another deadly threat – as if they haven’t been through enough already, bless them.
I am working on the third and final book in the Earth Haven series. Provisionally titled The Reckoning, it will bring the series to a definitive conclusion.
In May 2014, Smithcraft Press published two more of my books. Pond Life is a collection of ten short stories, tending towards the darker side of life, science-fiction and fantasy. The Village of Lost Souls is a short novel about love and loss and the supernatural.
A fourth novel, Another Fine Mess, has also been accepted for publication and a date is awaited; the wheels of publishing do not turn rapidly. This story does not involve the supernatural or the fantastic or the scientifically fictional. It is a comical tale of the series of misfortunes that befall a disgruntled young man and his attempt at escaping the rat race for something that he hopes can only be better, a sort of paradise on Earth. The title is a nod to two of my favourite comedians, but also has relevance in the context of the novel. You’ll have to read it when it comes out to find out why…
Been nice meeting you. Please do drop by occasionally. Your company alone is enough, but if you can bring good beer, it’s all to the good. Cheers!