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Sam Blake

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Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the award winning  national writing resources website She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book.

Vanessa recently joined the board of the Society of Authors and is currently running a live Facebook series on Friday’s at 12 noon BST with literary agent Simon Trewin – The Writing Game: From Big Idea to Bestseller. All the videos are recorded and avaiable to view at

As Sam Blake, she is the founder of the Murder ONE International Crime Writing Festival – Ireland’s first designated crime festival, which took place in Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, in November 2018.

After writing three bestselling police procedurals in the Cat Connolly series, Sam Blake has switched to standalones and is now published by Corvus – Keep Your Eyes On Me went straight to No 1 in Ireland on release  in January 2020 (Strangers on a Train meets Dial M For Murder; ‘The conceit is straightforward but the execution deliciously complex. Vittoria and Lily are wonderful creations that we enjoy following through the twists and turns of the plot of this beautifully constructed thriller.‘ Amazon reviewer.) The Dark Room is due out in January 2021.

Sam Blake is represented by Simon Trewin.

Other Awards

Little Bones (Bonnier 2016) shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2016 : Gold Award winner at Irish Blog Awards – and multiple other awards including European Business Magazine Gold Award winner.

Books by Sam Blake

  • Little Bones


  • In Deep Water


  • No Turning Back


  • Keep Your Eyes on Me


  • The Dark Room