R J Samuel was born in Nigeria to Indian parents. She grew up in different parts of Nigeria, moved to Ireland as a teenager to complete her medical studies and remained there for a few decades, before moving to the U.S. She now considers herself almost Indian, almost Irish, and almost American. She has been writing creatively for years, apart from a brief period in France where she wrote nothing creative, probably because she was running a restaurant-bar despite having a background in Medicine (she is a qualified medical doctor) and IT (she has a Masters in IT) and absolutely no interest in restaurants, except for eating in them. She has four published novels: ‘Heart Stopper,’ ‘Falling Colours-The Misadventures of a Vision Painter,’ ‘Casting Shadows-The Further Misadventures of a Vision Painter’ (the Vision Painter series received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Rainbow Awards) and ‘A Place Somewhere’ (finalist for both the GCLS Ann Bannon Popular Choice and the Tee Corinne Cover Design awards). Her novels are set in the West of Ireland (in Galway and Connemara), in Kerala, India, and in America.
Her story ‘Helmets’ was shortlisted for the 2011 Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’ and she was the only entrant to have both her fiction and her poetry long-listed for the Doire Press ‘1st Annual International Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Competition’ in January 2012. Her fiction entry, ‘The Vision Painter,’ went on to be shortlisted for this competition and was the basis for her second novel, ‘Falling Colours – The Misadventures of a Vision Painter.’ Her short stories ‘Parallel Lives’ (2012) and ‘The Alleyway’ (2013) were shortlisted and her poetry entry was longlisted (2016) for the Over the Edge ‘New Writer of the Year Competition’ .
She lives in Georgia where she is owned by her co-dependent dog, Clio , and her demanding cat, Rags