In which Sam seeks a sword…

I woke up this morning to the very exciting news that City of Lies has been shortlisted for the Best Debut category in the 2018 Fantasy Awards, in some absolutely stellar company including Fonda Lee, Peng Shepherd, S.A. Chakraborty and Melissa Caruso, among others, and on a list that I must say is delightfully jam packed with women. I am so thankful to the SFF bloggers who nominated my book in the first place as one of their favourites of the year, and to all of you wonderful people who voted on the longlist. It is honestly such an honour to be there. I’ve never been on an award list for anything I’ve written before!

And I really cannot overstate how cool it is that the prize is AN ACTUAL ENGRAVED KNIFE. LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY!!

I’m not above asking for your help to win that baby. ūüôā

Voting on the shortlist is open until Wednesday 31 October and just as with the longlist it is free, easy and requires no sign up. Vote here: 2018 Fantasy Awards. 

But hey, don’t just vote for me!* There are also amazing books in mine and the other categories that are worth your attention and votes, and one of my lovely publishers (Tor) is up for best imprint. ¬†I will say though that TOLKIEN is on the best novel list but guys he really doesn’t need the knife any more, so don’t throw your vote away there. ūüôā

Thanks again to Petros and the team at Booknest and everyone who’s participated so far.

* If it isn’t clear, though, I am definitely asking you to in fact vote for me. There are no repurcussions if you don’t, of course, but not a single person who voted for me on the longlist has been eaten by a shark, and all I’m saying is that I like those odds.

A short note of explanation…

I love social media. I love chatting to all of you, keeping up with what’s going on, sharing pictures of my dogs and, of course, talking SFF. But I haven’t been the healthiest about using it since my book came out — and while it’s incredibly lovely to interact with people who are excited about your stuff it’s equally … uh… less lovely to see the opposite. Anyway, the very wise advice that people give you about not reading reviews etc is indeed very wise, but it turns out I am not wise enough to follow it if I have ready access to these things. So. Some of you may have seen that I’ve deleted social media off my phone, which was where I used the most of it. No more twitter, no more FB, no more Discord, no more Goodreads. (The exception is instagram, on which I just post pictures of things I bake and dumb poses my dogs make, and besides showing me nice pictures of my book propped up artistically no-one tends to make comments about it. So I will still be there, with the idiot lovely hounds and things made of caramel).¬†I was making myself crazy.

I haven’t deleted my accounts, and I won’t be adandoning any of the platforms – I’ll still pop in from my computer to tell you about news etc and if you tag me in stuff I’ll still see it, just not in real time, so if you need to get in touch in a hurry it’s better to email me (samhawkewrites AT gmail DOT com). I will miss being part of conversations as they happen but I have a book to finish editing and some mental health to keep an eye on so I think it’s the right call for now at least.

Take care of yourselves!


Upcoming Sams

Have you been hankering for some more Sams in your life? Were you wondering whether you could add some Sams to an upcoming weekend? Do you have a book that would look better with a Sam scribble inside it?* Well you are in luck, my friends! For I will be venturing out into the world on several upcoming occasions so you can remedy your Samlessness with ease.

Conflux (Canberra)

This is a mighty fine time of year in our nation’s underrated capital and you can find me hanging out at the Vibe hotel for the annual Conflux convention from September 29 – Oct 1!

The full program is here and you can find me at the following events:

9.30 Saturday 29 Sep: Hero cliches and how to make or break them, with Ion Newcombe, Leife Shallcross and Louise Pieper

9.30 Sunday 30 Sep: Workshop: Braving the query swamp, with EJ Beaton & Freya Marske, in which we will cover all things to do with querying agents

4.45 Sunday 30 Sep: Gender Equal Societies in Secondary World Fantasy, with EJ Beaton and Rivqa Rafael (chair)

1.30pm Monday 1 Oct: When the dream comes true Рwhat really happens when you get a deal with a big publisher? with Cat Sparks, Leife Shallcross, Craig Cormick, and Claire McKenna


I will also be lurking about drinking too much coffee and very happy to chat anytime! I may be manning the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild bookshop table at some point if you for some baffling reason are on this website yet do not have a copy of my book, and would like to purchase one. I will have hardbacks, which are trickier to find, if you like your books firmer than average.

Galaxy Books (Sydney)

I will be signing books and doing a Q&A with the lovely Annie from the Read3r’z Re-Vu book group at 11 am¬†Sunday 14 October –¬†details¬†here.¬†

Supanova (Adelaide and Brisbane)

Also very excited to say I will be at Supanova Adelaide on 2 Р3 November and Supanova Brisbane on 10 Р11 November with other excellent SFF authors such as Timothy Zahn, Carole Barrowman, Maria Lewis, Lynette Noni, Amanda Bridgeman and Jodi McAlister, as well as media stars like Christina Ricci, Ian Somerhalder, John Barrowman, Dean Cain and Daniel Gillies Рfull list of guests is here. This will be the first time I do a big crazy thing like Supanova so please come by and say hi!

There may also be another couple of events around later in the year, so I’ll keep you posted.


* Including but not limited to my book. I’ll sign more famous and better authors’ books instead if you like.

Writing inclusively

SFF World recently asked me to contribute an article on diversity in SFF. It’s something I feel pretty strongly about, so it was good to put some thoughts down. Go check out the article here at SFF World¬†if you’re interested.

The article isn’t about me specifically or my personal experiences in writing, but it is definitely something that I think about and care about in the stories I want to tell.

And, uh, don’t forget to buy my boooook! Out in the UK in a mere 2 days!

Where you can find me this week

The Australian edition of City of Lies has officially been released! You can find it out in the wild in all your favourite bookshops, and possibly also your LEAST favourite bookshops, if there is such a thing, but then you’d have to agree if they’ve stocked my book they can’t be all bad. Thanks so much to friends and readers who’ve been sending me pictures of it in various spots all over the place!

Due to deadlines and other commitments I haven’t actually managed to go in person and stroke any copies of this bad boy. Soon, my pretty. Soon. By the weekend there should be signed copies available at Harry Hartog’s in Woden, Dymocks Belconnen, City and Tuggeranong, and Paperchain in Manuka. Or of course I can sign one for you in person if you come along to the launch next week.

Things on this week

On Friday 3 August at 2.30¬†I will be on ABC Afternoons with Anna Vidot, that’s ABC local radio 666 at around 2.30.

On Saturday 4 August at 12.30 I will be on a panel at GammaCon with the lovely and talented Leife Shallcross and Craig Cormick, talking about the road to publication, finding writers groups, and doing a general Q&A.

On¬†Sunday 5 August at 11am¬†I will be on Jen Seyderhelm’s Sunday Roast on 2CC

I can promise that I will talk too fast in all of these circumstances so just pretend I’m a podcast turned to 2x speed and giving you twice the blabber for the price of one.

Wish me luck!



Canberra launch for City of Lies

Very pleased to announce I’ll be doing an event at my favourite bookstore, Harry Hartog’s in Westfield Woden, on 9 August. It’ll be in the format of a conversation with the lovely Claire of¬†Claire Eva Reads, with a chat about the book, writing, and publishing, and anything else Claire thinks of to ask me about, with an audience Q&A and signing.

Details and RSVP¬†here¬†– please do RSVP so we have an indication of numbers. There will be cupcakes, and possibly poisonous themed beverages. ūüôā

The event is free, of course, though I’m sure Harry’s would be delighted if you bought your copy of City of Lies from them — they are so wonderful at supporting local authors and running these events, it’s nice if the event results in good sales for them too!

I would love to see you there if you can make it.

If you can’t make it, you can check my list of other interviews and appearances on the About Sam page.