Samantha Wood, author
Samantha Wood, author

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME...

Samantha Wood, author of The Bay of Shadows and Under Ten Thousand Stars

I’m Samantha Wood. My first novel, The Bay of Shadows was published in December 2016. It is my first novel, although not my first book. That was a travel memoir, Culua: My Other Life in Mexico published by Random House Australia back in 2003, and was essentially a love letter to my mother’s country.


I graduated from Monash University in 2005 with a Master's degree in Translation Studies (Spanish) focusing on the translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's little-known children's stories where angels crash landed in chicken coops and the world's handsomest man washed ashore. It was this fascination with language and the magic of words that inspired the story for
 The Bay of Shadows, but my love affair with writing started long before that. When I was a child, I loved nothing more than reading, and never went anywhere without a book. Naturally, when I finished high school, I went to university to study journalism, but my heart always belonged to storytelling. So after many trips to Mexico, I started writing Culua and have never looked back.


My latest novel, Under Ten Thousand Stars, a psychological thriller about love gone wrong in wine country is out in May 2019. Earlier this year, I started my own publishing company, Magpie Tree Press, so that I could publish and develop my own books for Australian and international markets and, eventually, for the screen. I love storytelling and look forward to writing many more stories in the future. I am currently working on my third novel, The Song of Clouds, another story of love against the odds, which is set on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. I hope you enjoy reading my books and escaping into the world of my imagination.  If you’d like to connect, enter your email address  below to receive my bi-monthly newsletter or join me over on Instagram and Facebook. Or if you'd like to read the background story behind my recent shoot with master photographers, Piccoli Photography, click on the image below.


Thanks for reading!


Samantha 


I’m Samantha Wood. My first novel, The Bay of Shadows was published in December 2016. It is my first novel, although not my first book. That was a travel memoir, Culua: My Other Life in Mexico published by Random House Australia back in 2003, and was essentially a love letter to my mother’s country.


I graduated from Monash University in 2005 with a Master's degree in Translation Studies (Spanish) focusing on the translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's little-known children's stories where angels crash landed in chicken coops and the world's handsomest man washed ashore. It was this fascination with language and the magic of words that inspired the story for The Bay of Shadowsbut my love affair with writing started long before that. When I was a child, I loved nothing more than reading, and never went anywhere without a book. Naturally, when I finished high school, I went to university to study journalism, but my heart always belonged to storytelling. So after many trips to Mexico, I started writing Culua and have never looked back.


My latest novel, Under Ten Thousand Starsa psychological thriller about love gone wrong in wine country is out in May 2019. Earlier this year, I started my own publishing company, Magpie Tree Press, so that I could publish and develop my own books for Australian and international markets and, eventually, for the screen. I love storytelling and look forward to many more stories in the future. I am currently working on my third novel, The Song of Clouds, another story of love against the odds, which is set on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. I hope you enjoy reading my books and escaping into the world of my imagination.  If you’d like to connect, enter your email address  below to receive my bi-monthly newsletter or join me over on Instagram and Facebook. Or if you'd like to read the background story behind my recent shoot with master photographers, Piccoli Photography, click on the image below.


Thanks for reading!


Samantha. 

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME 

As a hybrid author - someone both self-published and with a major publishing house, I have an unique perspective into the various stages of the publishing process. So, using this knowledge and a strong network of editors, designers, photographers and printers, I am able to publish and develop books for the Australian and international markets and, eventually, for the screen.

The logo is inspired by the Mexican tree of life, as a nod to my background, and also a majestic 200-year-old tree at the bottom of my garden where all the magpies roost.


THE MAGPIE TREE: How it all began...

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ON LOCATION: Behind the scenes - the story behind the photo...

Samantha Wood, author of The Bay of Shadows and Under Ten Thousand Stars

One of my main characters, Julia, is an artist, hence the paintbrush in my hands. The brush also had a special significance because it was borrowed from one of my best friends who is a bestselling artist, so I could feel her vibes...

The character of Christopher is pilot, so you'll see the subtle reference to him in the airplane in the far-left corner. I won't give away too much about him because that would spoil the ending. But let's just say it's going to end badly for someone, although I won't say who! 

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We shot at the beautiful Montalto Winery, down a path that lead through the wetlands and onto a hill hidden by rows of beautiful trees. The story of Under Ten Thousand Stars features in a winery so it really was the perfect setting. If you'd like to see more of the amazing work of Rob and Kristian Piccoli, just click on the following link, Piccoli Photography.