Sam Hayward
Sam Hayward



Saved by Heavenly feathers


After losing her soulmate to cancer, Sam Hayward didn’t know how she’d carry on. But comfort floated down from above whenever she felt at her lowest. . .


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Read Sam's latest article revealing how finding white feathers inspired her to write her first novel, Black to White.
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Meet Sam at Novel Nights, Thurs 15th September (8-10pm) Bristol


Don't miss your chance to meet the author

Sam will be reading an extract from her novel Black to White this Thursday at Novel Nights in Bristol. The event (8pm-10pm) will be held at  the Strawberry Thief Wine Bar, 26 Broad Street, Bristol Google map link

Novelist and award-winning author Carolyn Lewis is the guest speaker who will share her experiences and tips on how to write stories for magazines, competitions or anthologies. There will also be extracts read by other authors including Christie Cluett, Elizabeth Standen, Glenn Carmichael and Anita MacCallum.

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Net, April 2016



Read the latest reviews of Black to White on Net GALLEY

Sunday Express, 28th March 2016


It has been used to represent peace and purity and during the First World War it became a symbol of cowardice.

Yet to Sam Hayward it represents a sign or message from her husband Leo, who died of cancer in 2008.

“Since his death I’ve been finding feathers everywhere I go,” says Sam, 62, a writer from Somerset.

Linda's Book Bag, March 2016


Having had a difficult few months whilst my husband got clear of cancer at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, it is a subject close to my heart. When I discovered that Sam Hayward had written a book, Black to White, in which Susie Chester has just lost her husband to cancer, I felt I had to ask Sam about it. . .

Debbie Young's Reading Life, Jan 2016

When I was approached by the author Sam Hayward with the offer of a review copy of her novel about a widow trying to rebuild her life in the first year after her bereavement, I couldn’t help but accept, because as a former widow myself I was very interested to see how she coped with the situation in the novel, having also been widowed in real life. READ MORE


Dealing with grief - 10 June 2015 (9 minutes)

Author Sam Hayward, from Hinton St George, talks to Ben McGrail about her new novel, Black to White, which was inspired by the passing of her husband.  

Listen to the interview

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