Samantha Marcham

Samantha Marcham

I was a passionate reader as a child, but as an adult leading a super busy life, it meant that I only had time to enjoy books whilst I was on the beach. Although I love all genres, holidays are meant for relaxing, so I found that I would always grab a light-hearted chick-lit novel from the airport, and I would always go for ones that looked like they would make me chuckle. I wrote Golf Widows after enjoying many trips away with girlfriends and knowing that a good belly laugh with friends does you the world of good.

Having always been a self-employed businesswoman, I never even contemplated becoming a writer, but my son announced that he wanted to become an actor, and for this he required an actor’s show reel. The only way he would get this was by securing a part in an Independent Movie, but rather than waiting for this to happen, he decided to make his own. To help him with his project, I wrote the story for his film ‘@lucky’, a Teen drama, which it is due to be made in 2022.

The Covid lockdowns were horrendous for many people, but I found them to be a blessing because it forced me to re-evaluate my life and to think about what I really enjoyed doing and what made me happy. To my surprise, after writing the film script purely to help my son, I found that I could not stop writing, so whilst trapped in lockdown, I entertained myself by writing a further four film scripts, one of which was Golf Widows. When I showed this script to my girlfriends, one of them begged me to turn it into a book because she loved the characters so much that she wanted to hear more about them. She told me that she related to one of the characters in particular but she confessed that she knew so many other women of her age who were ‘Belindas’ or ‘Janets’.

As a single mother of twins who are now 18 and becoming independent, I face a crossroads in my life that many women do when they find themselves with an almost empty nest. Instead of seeing this as a disaster, I intend to embrace the fact that I finally have the time to pursue my own passions. My next goal is to turn my other film-scripts into books. One of them is a children’s book and the other is aimed at the young adult market. I do not know in which direction life will take me, or which genre of my books will prove more successful, but I do know that they would all make very good films!