Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.
In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.
Find Samantha on her website, or follow her on Twitter @smcohoe.
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Bright Ruined Things
"Fans of Shakespeare’s The Tempest will find much to enjoy, as will readers eager for a luxurious—but not escapist—1920s period piece.[...]An intriguing story about the rot that lies beneath splendor."
"This dizzying struggle over power, magic, and dreams will sink readers into this fantasy's web of ambition and family tension. A strong choice for libraries serving teens."
School Library Journal
"Epiphanies come fast and furious—the main action unfolds in 24 hours via Mae’s melodramatic, self-serious narration—in a novel whose sumptuous setting alongside the careless, magical rich proffers undeniable pleasures."
"[A] smashing Shakespearean historical fantasy."
"Samantha Cohoe’s intriguing mashup of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby makes for a thoroughly immersive read[...]BRIGHT RUINED THINGS is a more insightful novel than readers might expect, while also devoting a fair amount of its pages to considering what it means to be a person of integrity who chooses to stand up to the ugliness of power at all costs. I’ll take some Gatsby with my Shakespeare any day, as long as Cohoe is the one doing the writing."
"Cohoe’s sophomore novel...is filled with magic, romance, secrets, and lies."
"Mae isn’t a plucky heroine but a hungry young woman realizing that, exploited though she is, she benefits from a system of colonial oppression. Cohoe[...] ably combines a postcolonial reading of The Tempest with the literary tradition of edgy, electric aristocrats and outsiders in London’s 1920s social scene."
"A deftly-plotted tale about ambition and belonging, BRIGHT RUINED THINGS takes Shakespeare’s The Tempest and brilliantly reimagines its themes of family and love. Cohoe writes with a magic that dazzles and cuts right to the core."
Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS
"I was utterly captivated by the world Samantha Cohoe conjured on this mysterious island, where magic and power rule hand-in-hand with intrigue and desire. A wealthy family, a web of secrets about the past, and a cast of glittering characters who feel like they just stepped out from one of The Great Gatsby's legendary parties―what's not to love? I was swept right along with Mae as she digs in to uncover the truth behind the magic wielded by the Prosper family and wrestles with her own desire to grasp hold of power she's long been denied."
Lisa DeSelm, author of The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice
A Golden Fury
“The attention to detail in the story is excellent. Period costumes and locations are well imagined. Likewise, the pacing is good as the excitement clips along [...] A solid fantasy to flesh out the world of alchemy that most readers know only from “Harry Potter.””
School Library Journal
"An engaging concoction of fantasy, romance, and historical fiction."
"Cohoe situates the supernatural among the historical, referencing the French Revolution and the Enlightenment...satisfying."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“A vivid ride through eighteenth century Europe with darkness and dread creeping at its corners. Utterly enchanting.”
Emily A. Duncan, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints
"Cohoe transmutes the legend of the Philosopher's Stone into a dark, intoxicating tale of ambition, obsession, and sacrifice. Prepare for a magic that will consume you."
Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
"A Golden Fury hooked me from its opening lines to the final chapter...Magic, alchemy, the French Revolution, brave girls fighting for what they believe is right = an enjoyable book you’re sure to love!"