Interview with Sam E Taylor, Author of Sapphire Brown

02 Jan 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Sapphire Brown?

This is my first novel, and it was formed from knowing women who were married but felt trapped in their lives, swapping fantasy and desire for the security or convenience of marriage. This book was inspired by trying to find some sort of release for them.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I read many genres and don’t stick to one. I tend to read classics or fantasy, stuff that gets my imagination going!

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Life of Pi, a present given to me for Christmas!

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The card game, when Sapphire spends the evening being a Maid and Hostess for a gentlemen’s cards evening. I’ll let you read what happens after!

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I always go out for a walk before I write. I live near a nature reserve so I find it a great way to clear my head and put me in the right frame of mind to write.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I think I’d like readers to appreciate things aren’t always black or white. Life is often much more nuanced than that, and that’s what makes it worth living.


Sam E Taylor is the author of the new book Sapphire Brown

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