By   Publisher  Morris Publishing Australia

ISBN  9780646940571


Published in   Action & Adventure, Crime Criminals, Teen Young Adult,


Sam Tyler is a feisty 14 year-old girl who lives in a seaside town, and becomes rebellious after the death of her father. Her mother has remarried and Sam conflicts with her stepfather, Max. When a classmate, Zoran Cepnic, is abducted, Sam forms a committee to find him, and the entire school is fired-up to help. Her stepfather helps Sam and their relationship blossoms.

Sam does some investigations of her own, wags school to visit Zoran’s parents, and sneaks out at night and finds Zoran’s watch at a bus stop where he was abducted. Excited, Sam rings the police and forms a good friendship with the leading detective.

Sam is interviewed on national television by a famous broadcaster, Martha Benson. The same day, she is approached by a weird guy on the beach. The next evening, she is also abducted and ends up in an isolated farmhouse with Zoran. He’s alive! Sam and Zoran attempt to escape by removing floorboards, but are stopped by their abductor. Will they escape? How will the police find them?

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

A novella about abduction, determination to succeed, friendship and teamwork

Do you write full time or part time

Full time

How do you structure your day when you write

Wake up and get into it.

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I have a great imagination, and do not suffer from writer's block. I'm lucky.

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

The next three books have been written, Now, I'm polishing them. Stay tuned.

What inspired you to create this book

All of my books cover issues experienced by teens. This certainly does.

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

Young adult fiction. Why? Why not? I still recall what it was like to be a young adult.

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

Very little, if any.

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

A better writer, and working harder than ever.

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you


What was the most rewarding

Writing a book where the main character was a feisty young girl.

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different


How have you evolved from when you first started writing until now

I know a lot more.

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

I shoot from the hip.

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

Some, and it is very rewarding. I have some dedicated followers from 8 to 80 years-of-age.

Do they influence your writing


Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

Do anything that helps you be a better writer.

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

I used to, but now I have two excellent proof readers.

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

The poorest people I have ever met.

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Do anything legal to sell and promote your books.

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)


What are your thoughts on book series

This is book one of a series about the same character. The next two books have already been written.

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

No standard idea. A story is a story. Why pad it out to make a book longer?

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers

I have cultivated a good fan base via a daily blog that I have written for over four years. I now have 15,000 hits per day. The blog goes to more than 180 countries.

What advice would you give to your younger self today

None. It is what it is.

What is your favorite book or film

As the Crow Flies.

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall

Have done five but won't do any more.

What are you working on next

Magic Billie.

When you get frustrated, how do you deal with it

Get over it.

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out

If you don't have passion, find another hobby. This is a tough gig.

About the Author


Clancy Tucker is an award-winning author with three awards in the Australian National Literary Awards. He writes young adult fiction for reluctant readers, but has also achieved success as a poet and photographer. Clancy has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography accepted and published in books in the USA (Innocent Dreams, Endless Journeys & A Trip Down Memory Lane), used as covers for magazines (‘The Australian Writer’ – 2008 and ‘Victorian Writer’ - 2008), has work registered with the International Library of Photography and been published in literary magazines. He’s written more than 146 short stories and has a sizeable collection of bush poems. Clancy’s won, been short-listed, ‘Commended’ and ‘Highly Commended’ in writing contests: 2006, 2007& 2011 Australian National Literary Awards, Raspberry & Vine (twice), Positive words, Australian Writers On-Line, Shaggy Sheep Tale, The Cancer Council Arts Awards (2005 & 2008), The Dusty Swag Awards (2010) and had twelve short stories published in literary magazines (Page Seventeen, Branching Out, Positive Words and The Australian Writer), newspapers (The Standard, Mountain Views & The Advocate), written articles for Kid Magazine in the USA, and won a poetry prize to name a life-size statue designed by renowned Belgian sculptor, Bruno Torfs. Clancy is a full-time writer but has been a speechwriter, senior public servant, farmer and small business operator. He teaches students at the University of the Third Age (U3A), mentors emerging writers, has worked with street kids, and draws on life’s experiences to write entertaining stories for kids. Clancy also writes a daily blog which includes top guests from around the world: human rights lawyers, authors, musicians, artists, illustrators, senior diplomats, young adults and many more: www.clancytucker.blogspot.com.au Check it out. He has also been a guest on dozens of blogs, writes a monthly editorial for a newspaper and contributes articles for literary magazines. Clancy has also been a contributing guest editor for the Australian Prostate Magazine. Not only, Clancy has been a human rights activist and social justice campaigner for decades.