Character Interview: Sam Beckett from Sam Beckett Mystery series

‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring SAM BECKETT from The Game Begins & A Woman Scorned by Rebecca Howie. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!

So, Sam, give us some small deets below!

Full name: Samantha Anderson Beckett
Age: 17
Favorite past time: Reading
Favorite Cookie: Chocolate chip
Secret talents: I’m really good at being pessimistic, but my sarcasm is on point so nobody really notices

  1. Hey Sam! Why don’t you introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.

I don’t really want to, but since I don’t technically get to say no in which of these interviews I have to take part in, I’ll give you the basics: Sam Beckett, 17, PI.

(And for those of you who haven’t somehow read any of the gazillion newspaper articles that have detailed every second of my life since I was born, I did a PI course, but I never technically finished it or did any of the competency tests or got any licences or anything, so the term’s being used loosely here. Although trying to explain all that to a witness without them freaking out isn’t really worth the time or the hassle, so I usually leave it out.)

  1. What is your favorite thing to eat around the holidays?

Yorkshire puddings. Or chocolate cake. But not together.

  1. What is on the top of your Wishlist this year?

Being able to open the curtains and not see a bunch of reporters waiting at the bottom of the garden is definitely at the top, although I’m not that hopeful, so I’d settle for anyone who’s planning on committing murder remembering that Christmas is coming up, and holding off on their homicidal impulses until after Boxing Day.

But my diary’s free for next year.

  1. If you’re expected at a party are you usually on time or fashionably late?

I’d like to say I get there on time, but it’s like I’m genetically incapable of being punctual, so I’m always late.

  1. What is your fondest memory surrounding the holiday season?

Christmas films, and watching people fall off their sledges.

  1.  Are you a fan of eggnog or no?


  1. There is mistletoe hanging in the doorway… are you going to kiss the person beside you or not?

My first reaction was ‘eeewwww’, but I just realised if I ate garlic bread, that would probably work as a deterrent so I wouldn’t need to worry about any unwanted advances.

  1. It’s snowing outside, are you out there playing in it or refusing to step foot outside until the season turns?

Do I even need to answer that? Snow melts. In your shoes. And your feet get cold.

  1. If you could ask for ANYTHING for Christmas, what would it be and why?

No snow, because I like having dry socks.

  1. What kind of shopper are you? Do you plan ahead of time or do you rush in a last minute effort?

I’ve always had to rush my Christmas shopping at the last minute, although I’m trying to get better organised this year, so I’m starting in November instead.

  1. Did you ever believe in Santa? If so, how old were you when you topped believing?

I did when I was in nursery, but some idiot’s brother told them that Santa wasn’t real when we were six, so that didn’t last long.

  1. Tell us one of your favorite stories that revolves around this season.

The three of us had this Christmas tradition of having a movie marathon, but the first year my dad left, it was snowing, and Mum talked me into going down the park and taking our sledges with us.

I wasn’t too interested in taking part until she went through the hedge at the bottom of the hill, and after that, we had our own tradition.

  1. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

I’m feeling slightly more festive after answering these questions, but I still wouldn’t kiss anyone under mistletoe.

Ho Ho Ho, did you know all of that about Sam? Bet you didn’t. Be sure to check out the author’s links below to ensure you are up to date on Sam and the rest of the crew!

Fantastic answers! Thanks so much, Rebecca, where can readers find more about you and your books?

About Rebecca Howie: Rebecca Howie is a procrastinating writer from Scotland, who prefers spending her time in fictional worlds rather than the real one.

Her first book, The Game Begins, was released in February 2016, and reached 2nd in the Teen and Young Adult Detective category on Amazon.


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Book 1 The Game Begins synopsis: It’s been four years since the car crash took away her father and Sam Beckett’s nightmares are back with a vengeance.

When her friend suggests she take a PI course to distract herself, Sam agrees, but she soon realises it won’t be as simple as she expected when her first case leads to a woman being killed, her husband accused of her murder, and a series of threatening text messages sent to her phone which lead Sam to believe that her father’s crash might not be the accident everyone thought it was.

The Game Begins

A Woman Scorned



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