R J Samuel
R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents from Kerala. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria with a brief stint in boarding school in the Nilgiri Hills in India and occasional summers in Kerala, London, and New York. In 1984, she moved to Ireland to complete her medical studies and vividly remembers the shock of arriving at Galway Train Station on an icy October night. Despite that traumatic first meeting, she fell in love with Galway and has remained there since, apart from a 3-year episode in the southwest of France. She is an Irish citizen and now considers herself almost Irish as well as almost Indian. Her first novel, 'Heart Stopper,' was published in February 2012 and her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,' in June 2012. Her third novel, Casting Shadows - The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter, was published in January 2013. Her novels are set in the West of Ireland, in Galway and Connemara, and also in Kerala, India.
She has been writing creatively for 6 years, excluding her period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant\bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no background in restaurants, apart from eating in them.
Her story 'Helmets' was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge 'New Writer of the Year Competition' and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press '1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition' in January 2012. Her fiction entry, 'The Vision Painter,' went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, 'Falling Colours - The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.'
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VideosHeart Stopper Book Trailer
Heart Stopper is a thriller set in Galway, a city on the west coast of Ireland that is a research and manufacturing hub within the multi-billion-dollar medical devices industry. An Irish-Indian coder, who works at a pacemaker clinic, wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar apartment and makes a gruesome discovery. Her investigation exposes secrets that threaten a multi-million dollar enterprise.R J Samuel Radio Interview
R J Samuel on wrfm Westport radio Arts show with Breda Burns and Grainne O'Reilly on Sunday 23rd March 2014.Song from the novel A Place Somewhere
The single A Place Somewhere from the novel of the same name by R J Samuel. (Word by R J Samuel, Music/Performance by Sharon Murphy)
The Alleyway and other Short Stories
The Alleyway and other Short Stories -
The eight short stories in this collection are mostly dark pieces exploring futility, isolation, deception, and lost love. An extract from one of the the author's novels, 'A Place Somewhere' is included at the end.
A Place Somewhere
ALEX HART risked everything to be with her online girlfriend of two years. But the unthinkable happened and she is emotionally and financially ruined. Devastated, she turns her anger and betrayal into a mission to root out those who deceive the innocent online.
When a mother pleads for Alex to protect her daughter from an online predator in Ireland, Alex must become what she hates.
In Your Words
A short story (3100 words)
Amelia is an author who writes about love but has lost her belief in it. She is participating in a book signing week in yet another stop on what seems like an endless tour. When she escapes to a quiet corner of the bookstore Amelia meets the woman who she knows can restore her faith in love, but will she have a chance to find out?
Kiran is still the only vision painter in Ireland but she cannot express her gift as she struggles with the consequences of its misuse. When everything she loves is threatened, she must protect her family by uncovering the history and secrets of the vision painters in Kerala. But there are those who will do what it takes to keep the truth locked away in the shadows of the past.
KIRAN is the only vision painter working in Ireland, the only female in the ancient Indian profession. As a vision painter, she paints the hopes and dreams of her clients into existence. Her practice is not doing well and she works as a waitress in a struggling restaurant in Connemara. When Kiran is asked to paint the forbidden, forces are unleashed that she cannot contain.
Heart Stopper is a thriller set in Galway, a city on the west coast of Ireland that is a research and manufacturing hub within the multi-billion-dollar medical devices industry. An Irish-Indian coder, who works at a pacemaker clinic, wakes up one morning in an unfamiliar apartment and makes a gruesome discovery. Her investigation exposes secrets that threaten a multi-million dollar enterprise.
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