Sami Valentine, Urban Fantasy Author

Scenes from a Writing Retreat

Castle life in the south of France.

Winning a scholarship to the Creativindie Castle Writing Retreat has been a game-changer for me. I am back home in Arizona and its still mind-boggling that I spent three weeks chilling in a castle with other authors focusing solely on my writing. 

I have traveled to over a dozen countries so far in my two-year nomadic whirlwind but nothing has come close to waking up in a castle. 

I wrote on Facebook that I didn't know if I could go back to peasant life outside the castle. I am still adjusting. LOL ;p


Fun facts:

🏰This castle is in partial ruins and was owned by the Lestrange family.

🏰There are many more scorpions in France than expected. 🦂 the spiders are fighting back. 🕷

🏰 Gargoyles are only called gargoyles if they have a rain spout. Otherwise, they are called grotesques.

Check out more of my pictures on my Facebook author page and let me know what you think of the Lestrange family ruins.  Bonus: Pictures of Jean Claude Van Cat: the castle kitty!

Scenes from my layover in London

Imagine our heroine eating fish and chips on a patio at a pub near Kings Cross.

Completely unaware of the perdicament she would find herself in.

The heavens open up. Is it a common London rain?


The second floor decided to water their window planter above.


Cheers, Sami

PS. It does look like I am eating a fried hand. It was fish yet I did cut off the weird toe looking bit.

Country Festival

The village festival in St. Michel de Boulogne at the old church.

Jean Claude Van Cat

The elusive Jean Claude Van Cat- the stealer of croissants, prowler of castles, and nibbler of chicken bits.

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Sami Valentine, Author

1900 Vamp Lane, Tucson
United States