Sam (Samantha if she's in trouble) is a British-born, U.S. Air Force veteran and military spouse, and mom to two kids.
She is the author of:
HONOR FLIGHT (Benchmark Edu., Fall 2022)
DEAR RAINBOW BABY (Clear Fork, Aug 22, 2022)
PEANUT AND BUTTER CUP (Clear Fork, 2024).
During the day, she works communications for a Fortune 100 defense company. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Univ. of Nebraska, a M.A. in Military Studies from American Military Univ., and a M.P.A. from the Univ. of Southern California.
In her free time, a.k.a. the two hours between when her kids go to bed and when she expires out of exhaustion, she is a children's book author, freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in G.I. Jobs Magazine, Haystack, TeamSense, Digital Drum, and the Dixon Independent Newspaper.
Samantha has been a member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators since 2019.
She is represented by Erica Christensen from the Metamorphosis Literary Agency.
When she's not working, writing, or sleeping, Sam can be found spending time with her amazing family. They enjoy hiking, traveling, and snacking (mostly Teddy Grahams, but Goldfish are acceptable too).
Five Fun Facts About Sam:
While on active duty, Sam flew around around the entire globe in a MC-130P, with the exception of the distance between Afghanistan and Nepal.
When Sam was a kid, she was utterly enthralled by the musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat." Her parents said if she learned to ride her bike, they would take her to see it on London's West End. Needless to say, she was quick learner.
Sam has been known to commandeer drum-kits from unsuspecting drummers and play a song or two with random bands.
Sam and her husband Ryan never should have met. She was in operations, he was a medic. She was supposed to be in New Mexico, he was supposed to be in England. By happenstance, they were stationed together at Hurlburt Field in the ONE squadron where aviators and medics work side by side. And the rest, as they say, is history.
In high school, Sam was a choir and drama nerd, and sung Alto II (sometimes tenor if they were short on guys).
Sam hanging out the back of her MC-130 flying over the Maldives