Sam shared fascinating stories from her research, including Ukrainian prison tattoos, escape from flash floods, and Afghan warlords working in London pizza parlours. Throughout, she encouraged pupils to read as much as they could, from all genres and from real life.
She also discussed her love of crime stories, and how the authors can fool readers with misdirection, even explaining why red herrings are called red herrings!
Pupils asked all sorts of questions, about inspiration, characters and Sam’s work at the BBC, and queued up for photos and autographs.
Scottish Book Trust works to inspire readers and writers in Scotland, through Book Week Scotland, Authors Live, awards and author visits in schools.