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'Men don’t buy crime novels written by a female' - bestselling crime novelist Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin on becoming Sam Blake

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin is a force in Irish publishing. She tells Emily Hourican it was all done to better her writing and, as her fifth thriller hits shops, reveals why she writes as 'Sam Blake'

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Publishing as Sam Blake keeps Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin’s thriller-writing separate from her other roles. Picture by Steve Humphreys

Publishing as Sam Blake keeps Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin’s thriller-writing separate from her other roles. Picture by Steve Humphreys

Championing new talent: Vanessa with Nicole Flattery, 2019 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award winner at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Picture by Patrick Bolger

Championing new talent: Vanessa with Nicole Flattery, 2019 Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award winner at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Picture by Patrick Bolger

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin and her daughter Sophie

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin and her daughter Sophie

Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent

Yve Williams aka Alex Barclay

Yve Williams aka Alex Barclay

Julie Parsons

Julie Parsons

Andrea Mara

Andrea Mara

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Publishing as Sam Blake keeps Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin’s thriller-writing separate from her other roles. Picture by Steve Humphreys

If Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin had planned her route to becoming a published author specifically as a case study - something that could be taught in a masterclass, an example of the kind of resilience, determination and strategic thinking required to succeed in this industry - she couldn't have done a better job.

First, she was a writer - starting her first novel in 1999, "I had an idea for a book, and the right time came" - but very quickly segued into becoming a facilitator, literary event organiser and all-round industry operator, setting up The Inkwell Group and writing.ie. Then, she took what she had learned, went back to writing, and applied it successfully. "I did everything that I did because I wanted to learn to write," she says when we meet to chat about her latest novel, which is the fifth she has published, and at least the ninth she has written.


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