PJ Skinner


The author has spent 30 years working as an exploration geologist managing remote sites and doing due diligence of projects in more than thirty countries. During this time she has been collecting tall tales and real-life experiences which inspired her to write the Sam Harris Series chronicling the adventures of a female geologist as a pioneer in a hitherto exclusively male world. PJ has worked in various countries in South America and Africa in remote, strange and often dangerous places and loved every minute of it despite encountering her fair share of misogyny and other perils. She is now writing these fact-based adventure books from the relative safety of London but still travels all over the world collecting data for her writing.

The Sam Harris Series follows the misadventures of a female geologist in the 1980s and 1990s as she struggles with new cultures and old prejudices. Book 5 will be published summer 2019.

The author is also working on two other new books, one of which, Rebel Green, is based on her childhood in Ireland.

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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in England and brought up in Ireland during the troubles. Being brought up in a country with a culture so heavily influenced by the Catholic religion had a strong effect on me. I was brought up in the era of women's liberation and I thought it was obvious to everyone that women were equal to men but I quickly learned that there weren't too many men who agreed at that time, especially in Ireland. I didn't want the traditional women's role expected of me. It made me long to get away and prove myself which is why I ended up going to such remote and dangerous places. This all had an influence on what I wanted to write about. Sam Harris is a heroine. She is my alter-ego and I use her to explore the experiences I have had in my life in the Sam Harris Series.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at about eight years old and then stopped until my forties when I needed an outlet for all the material swirling around in my head.
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Sam Harris
The Sam Harris Series follows the career of an unwilling heroine, whose bravery and resourcefulness are needed to navigate a series of adventures set in remote sites in Africa and South America. Based on the real-life adventures of the author, the settings and characters are given an authenticity that will connect with readers who enjoy adventure fiction and mysteries set in remote settings with realistic scenarios. Set in the late 1980’s themes such as women working in formerly male domains, and what constitutes a normal existence, are examined and developed in the context of Sam’s constant ability to find herself in the middle of an adventure or mystery. Sam’s home life provides a contrast to her adventures and feeds her need to escape. Her attachment to an unsuitable boyfriend is the thread running through her romantic life, and her attempts to break free of it provide another side to her character
Fool's Gold
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The Bonita Protocol
Pre-release—available July 1, 2019. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: British English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When the analysis of drill samples from her latest project start coming back with anomalous results, Sam Harris investigates the cause and gets involved in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with her employer, the devious Amanda Ballard. Pre-order this thrilling adventure now and enjoy it before anyone else.
Fool's Gold
Series: Sam Harris. Price: Free! Words: 78,560. Language: British English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Nobody told her geology could be dangerous. A drunk historian, a dodgy entrepreneur and a lost Inca Treasure. Has rookie geologist Sam Harris bitten off more than she can chew? Sam stumbles across a clue to Inca treasure in the Sierramar jungle, and now everybody wants it. Will her first adventure be her last?

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