Writing what you know…

For the past year or so, almost two now, I’ve veered away from my usually category of writing, fantasy, and written solely science fiction. I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi, both in movies and reading, but i’d never really turned my hand to writing any myself. But given the recent influx of fantasy both in the movie and book world, i decided it was time i gave it a shot. I started two series, both YA, both relatively light sci-fi (i’m not yet ready for a full blown, space set novel and don’t think i ever will be). I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy writing them. In fact, it was pretty fun. It gave me the opportunity to write some exciting action sequences and play around with some ideas and situations that fantasy doesn’t allow. But after nearly two years of writing and editing sci-fi, and of reading sci-fi/dystopia/ and a lot of Lee Child (not sci-fi but cool beyond words) i missed fantasy. I’d had an idea for a series burning in the back of my head for a long time, and knew it would be a long commitment. A couple months back i had a sudden urge to get it down, to write about the world and the characters i’d been building in my head. And i did start writing. And since that day two months ago, i haven’t stopped. Getting back to fantasy felt like slipping into something familiar and welcoming. Like greeting an old friend after years apart. I know writing is all about trying new things, pushing yourself, but fantasy is where i belong. The first book in what i hope (and what i’ve planned extensively for) will be a series of at least three, is nearing completion of it’s first draft. After some hard editing, and hopefully beta reading, i’ll start querying agents and publishers with it.
If you write a specific genre, why do you, what makes it special out of the many?


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 07/30/2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Good to see you back Sam. 🙂

  2. Sam Whitehouse

    I decided to leave Prophecy of Three. I’ll definitely go back at some point because i want to finish Simon, Ev and James’s story. But i’m writing a sci-fi YA dulogy and a MG fantasy at the moment. And trying to find a literary agent for one or both of them. As soon as i’m happy with the edits on my YA sci-fi i’ll start querying agents. I’m almost finished with the MG’s first draft. And then it will be a couple months of editing before trying to find an agent for that. What are you writing?

  3. Ah, well then you’ve been very busy. Excellent! I’ve been making submissions for the first of my trilogy (a MG fantasy adventure fairy tale I suppose I’d call it) which is weirdly called Prophecy of Innocence, whilst I am mid way through the second. It’s three volumes of one story, but it’d be too long for one book so I’ve broken it down, which is a challenge to make each book a complete story in its own right. In the meantime I’ve been experimenting with flash fiction in no particular genre, but that was more whilst I was editing the first volume. Now that’s done and off in submissions I can focus back to the rest of the trilogy. Just going to pop and read your new short now on here. After I’ve made cakes! 🙂

    • Sam Whitehouse

      Your MG sounds cool. I experminted with flash fiction last semester at university– it was a challenge trying to fit a story and characters into such a short space, but i enjoyed it. Thanks for reading the story. I look forward to hearing what you think. And good luck with your submissions.

      • Thanks Sam. I’ve been meaning to update the sneak a peek page on my blog as I’ve edited the prologue and it reads much tighter now. That version was the last but one. I’ve read the Sci-fi one now and left a comment. 🙂

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