Orcas Island Literary Festival

Bringing together people who love to read books...

with the authors who love to write them.

I am thrilled to announce that I am on the founding board of the Orcas Island Literary Festival.

The mission of the Orcas Island Literary Festival is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. April 13 to 15, 2018, festival goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our lit crawl, featuring exciting new literary voices, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-prize winning authors, beloved regional writers, award-winning poets, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island.

"A Matter of Time" French Release Date



I'm thrilled to announce the French release date of my second novel, A Matter of Time (Une Question De Temps), by Gallmeister Editions on January 4, 2018. French publisher, Gallmeister Editions, publishes some of my very favorite noir writers: Larry Brown, David Vann, Larry McMurtry, and Kurt Vonnegut.  I am honored to stand among them.

Here's the synopsis of the book: 

Alice O’Farrell can’t escape the past. 

After being indirectly responsible for the death of her younger brother and grappling with her complicity in the devastating tragedy, Alice ran away from home and has lived on the streets, making one bad decision after another.  When she wakes up one morning next to a dead drug dealer and one hundred thousand dollars in cash, Alice seizes upon the opportunity for a fresh start.  She takes the money and runs, but soon finds herself escaping from more than her own past…the drug supplier wants his money back.  As the dead bodies pile up, Alice is eventually faced with her day of reckoning.  In the end, A Matter Of Time is a story about redemption and forgiveness, but at what cost?


Deep Winter Totem Edition released by Gallmeister


Thrilled to announce that after selling out of its first printing in three weeks, and its second printing, a Deep Winter Totem Edition was released by French publisher Gallmeister on January 1, 2016. 

Translated from the French:

"A first novel of incredible emotional density." —John Paul Guery, THE WESTERN MAIL

"It's beautiful: impeccable history, splendid writing, absolute blackness on the white snow, all this in the service of a first novel..." —Bernard Poirette,RTL

"With this moving first novel, remarkably written, the American Samuel W. Gailey has made a master stroke: a furious thriller, bitter and bloody, [with] the contours of a strange gothic thriller." —Philippe Blanchet, LE FIGARO MAGAZINE

"...more than a tale of noir...some passages even boast a beautiful lyricism." —Quentin Civiel, THE WORLD OF BOOKS

"Effective and cruel." —Christine Ferniot, TÉLÉRAMA

"There's Larry Brown in Gailey." —Karen Lajon, JDD

"Within hours, under the snow, far from men, cruelty and innocence deliver the ultimate battle..."—Elise Lepine defector

"A black novel, powerful, disturbing, remarkably written by Samuel Gailey, an American that must be followed." —Colette Herman, Schuss




Silver Falchion Nominees for Best First Novel

I'm thrilled to announce that my debut novel, Deep Winter, has been selected as a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel - Literary Suspense.  The other nominees are a group of exceptionally talented authors that everyone should read if you have not already.

Dry Bones in the Valley – Tom Bouman
Wolf in White Van – John Darnielle
The Weight of Blood – Laura McHugh
Forty Days Without Shadow – Oliver Truc
The Devil Takes Half – Leta Serafim

The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award is to honor the best books in North American within the past year.  The 8th Annual Silver Falchion Award winners will be awarded on October 31st, 2015.




As an author and a reader I'm impressed with the community over at Good Reads. If you missed it, they published a Good Reads Debut Author Snapshot on me...

"In a tiny Pennsylvania town with no stoplights, one post office, one high school, and two churches, everyone knows everyone. But as writer Samuel W. Gailey will tell you, people still keep their secrets. He should know. The debut author of Deep Winter grew up in the small town of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, where the population is just 375 people. It's the perfect setting for his novel about a brutal killing that leaves a small community shaken. Gentle giant Danny Bedford, a man mentally impaired since a childhood accident, is the prime suspect in the murder of Mindy, the one woman who was kind to him. Gailey tells his suspenseful story through multiple perspectives, including Danny, the town's deputy sheriff, mean drunk Mike Sokowski, and Mindy's vengeful twin brothers, Scott and Skeeter."