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Heart Stopper Paperback – March 1, 2012
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R J Samuel was born in Nigeria, to Indian parents. She spent many years qualifying to be a medical doctor first in Nigeria, then Ireland, but ran away from home to do a Masters in IT. She settled on IT as a career rather than Medicine as she thought computers might be more logical than people, but that hasn’t always proven to be the case. She remained Ireland for many years, apart from a few years in the southwest of France where she ran a restaurant-bar despite having absolutely no interest in restaurants, except for eating in them. She considers herself almost Irish, almost Indian, and almost American. She now lives in Atlanta in America where, in her latest creative outburst, she wants to establish an artist retreat in a mostly unusable property. 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.’ Her short stories ‘Parallel Lives’ (2012) and ‘The Alleyway’ (2013) were shortlisted and her poetry entry was longlisted (2016) for the Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’. Her published novels – ‘Heart Stopper’, The Vision Painter series (‘Falling Colours’, ‘Casting Shadows’) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, and ‘A Place Somewhere’, which was a finalist for the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and the Tee Corinne Cover Design Awards, are set in Ireland, India, and America. ‘An Outsider Inside’ is her fifth novel.
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The people in this book are all very interesting and unusual. Ireland was described so beautifully, that I would love to go there for a long visit.
There is something very special about the way RJ Samuel writes. I am not sure if it is because the story is going in one direction and then all of a sudden it goes another way, or if it is the detailed descriptions of the people and places, or maybe because it is sprinkled with love. Whatever the reason, her books are addictive and I just can`t get enough.
The characters are complex, the nature of their families and work brings depth to their interactions. I found it extremely interesting, moving and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. I will read more by this author.
If you are like me you will be hooked by RJ Samuel's writing. She is a perceptive, painterly story teller who continues to write rich, beautifully crafted, creative novels that satisfy both intellect and heart. I have just downloaded her most recent, 'A Place Somewhere', and can't wait to start reading!
I really don't mind the lack of sleep - it was worth it. An amazing story with characters I cared about (still do) and a very satisfying feeling at the end.