Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Conspiracy of Silence by Augustine Sam

Release Date: 30th September 2015
Genres:  Thriller

Brook Cottage Books is thrilled to welcome Augustine Sam to the blog.


Do you write under your real name or is this a pen name you use?

Augustine: Yes, I write under my real name

Where are you from?

Augustine: I am an Italian citizen of African descent

List 3 interesting facts about yourself. 

  (1) My father wanted me to be a lawyer, I chose journalism instead

  (2) I am an introvert, and though many consider introverts boring, I am actually a good humorist      and have what some call infectious laughter

 (3) I don't give the impression of someone who loves house chores but I do, especially, ironing.

What was the first thing you ever had published?

A short story for a human-interest magazine. 

Do you have a writing routine?

Not really, I love to write in the evenings since I have a day job.

Do you have any writing rituals? 

What would appear as a ritual is actually a simple process for me. I sit in front of the pc, listening to music or news broadcast on the radio while staring at the screen until I come up with a satisfactory opening line. This creates just the right kind of 'distraction' that helps me  construct a scene in my mind while pretending to be interested in something else. It lightens the pressure and makes the writing process rather pleasurable.
Where did the idea for your most recent book come from?

My most recent book is The Conspiracy of Silence. It was motivated by a play I wrote for broadcast many years ago—a 30-minute radio play about a musician accused of a murder he did not commit.   His sister, it turned out, was the only person alive who knew he was innocent though the evidence pointed to his culpability; her desperation to prove his innocence, of course, was the core of the play. But when it was aired, I felt that it was too short to convey the kind of emotion that should naturally accompany a tense plot such as that, so I decided to write a novel about it with all the powerful ingredients that were missing in the play.

Who was the first person you shared your book with? 

I first shared it with my friends (collectively) since they are always curious about what I do in the evenings when I’m not socializing.

Do you have a current work in progress?

Yes, I am currently working on the first part of a trilogy that’s a blend of Literary and romantic suspense.

Do you have any advice for budding authors?
A very simple advice - aim at the sky so you might hit the tallest tree.

About the Author

Augustine Sam is mainly recognized as a journalist. He is also a bilingual writer & poet and the author of Take Back the Memory, a contemporary womens fiction awarded a Readers Favorite 5-star  seal and The Conspiracy of Silence, a thriller. Augustine is a member of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Journalists. 

He won the Editors Choice Awardin the North America Open Poetry contest, sponsored by the National Library of Poetry, and was invited to be inducted into the International Society of Poets. He won the Merit Award from this society, as well as having two of his poems published in international anthologies. Heartbeats was published in a collection called Measures of the Heart. And his award-winning poem, Anguish & Passion, was published in the Sounds of Silence anthology.

His poetry collection, Flashes of Emotion, was the 2015 finalist in the International Book Award Contest, and is permanently listed on

The conscience of a town steeped in sexism, vanity and hypocrisy is pricked by the brutal murder of a mysterious woman in a park in Los Angeles. But the shock is transformed into  a steamy, seductive when the body turns out to be that of Susan Whitaker, the flamboyant wife of the governor of California.

Soon, a dazzlingly intricate shuffle of volatile links leads the police to the delicate theory of a secret love/blackmailer, and to the indictment of Benjamin Carlton, Hollywood's most influential black celebrity.
Then curious things begin to happen when Carlton's ambitious girlfriend, Rita Spencer, suddenly unearths the shocking secret that Susan Whitaker did not, in fact, exist. She little realizes however that her discovery of this colossal fraud is a mere curtain raiser to a chilling world of ugly skeletons dating back to the assassination of a U.S. senator in a Washington hotel sauna, skeletons connected to riveting sex scandals in high places, skeletons the FBI and political kingmakers will kill for...                                                                             

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