Friday, January 25, 2013

Interview with Sam Thomas

My 2013 opened with a bang, thanks to Sam Thomas' The Midwife's Tale, a wonderful historical novel with a great plot, characters, and setting. I'm excited to share my interview with Sam Thomas -- read on to learn about his writing process, more about this book, and what he does when he's not reading. Be sure to enter the giveaway -- it ends today!

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

Actually, you’ve just read it! I wrote a lot of history before trying a novel, but this was my first time with fiction.

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

Nothing too weird. I get up at 5:00, grab a cup of coffee, and get started. Now that Cuties are in season, I start with one of those…I’m not sure what I’ll when they’re no longer around!

Was The Midwife's Tale the original title of your book?

Gosh no. Initially it was Statute of Treasons, because the crime at the center of the book is the murder of a husband by his wife. Under English law (the Statute of Treasons), this was not murder, but treason, and the culprits were burned rather than hanged.

Then I tried, Bloody News From York. I was going for the feel of a early modern murder pamphlet and wanted a title page that looked like an old book. That didn’t happen, and my editor suggested The Midwife's Tale.

As you were writing The Midwife's Tale, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

Not as much as in the sequel. As I was working on a scene in the second book in the series (The Harlot's Tale), I realized that one of the characters – one I thought would be around for some time to come! – was about to die. I watched in horror as it actually happened, but there wasn’t much I could do about it. She (or he!) never had a chance.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

Between my job as a high school teacher and spending time with my family – both of which are things I love – there isn’t much time left. I’m not complaining, just busy!

Read any good books recently?

Right now I’m reading Jean Zimmerman’s The Orphanmaster. So far it is beyond fantastic. I just hope she can stick the landing! If there is something harder than finishing a great book on a satisfying note, I don’t know what it is.

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I'm thrilled to offer a copy of The Midwife's Tale to one lucky reader! To enter, fill out this brief form. Open to US/CA readers, ends 1/25.


  1. Very nice interview. Can you tell who you killed off reluctantly, who might have showed up again in your next book? Was it Martha's brother by any chance?

  2. Great interview! Glad to hear about a sequel! here is my review and my giveaway, open for 2 more days: