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Freelance Journalist Focus: Sam Thewlis

Sam Thewlis
Sam Thewlis
This week we catch up with freelancer Sam Thewlis.

About your journalism:

What do you write about?
I actually trained as a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant so much of my work has a financial/tax slant. Having said that, I do like to write about things that interest me, or things relevant to my life, so I write about babies/children and parenting, childhood allergies and anything else that takes my fancy. So long as I can get a personal angle on it, I’m game!

Where are we likely to see your work?
I currently write twice weekly for the investment site The Motley Fool ( and this content is syndicated across the web. I also provide articles for the networking site for business mums and am head of editorial at the Business Mum’s Journal, a magazine aimed at mums in business.

What’s the most memorable work you’ve done?
I recently had the opportunity to interview Duncan Bannatyne for the next issue of The Business Mum’s Journal, which was great, but I was disappointed not to meet the great man in person. He interviews much as you’d expect - short, sharp and to the point.

What interview or feature would you love the chance to do?
I would love to get the chance to interview Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, the Australian girl who became a real-life fairytale princess. I think it is a dream of so many girls, and she gets to live it so it would be wonderful to find out if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. Shortly before I die of jealousy!

About you:

How would you pay the bills if you weren’t a journalist?
To be that proverbial cliché , I am obviously aiming for full-blown famous self-supporting author in the very near future…Failing that, I quite fancy being a pathologist.

If we gave you £1000, how would you spend it?
I would spend £1,000 on a short break, some good quality wine and save some for the ruinous nature of school shoes. You can’t get liposuction for £1,000 can you? Ooh can I change my answer to the “which feature would you love the chance to do?“ question? I would love to see whether it is possible for a freelance writer from the Midlands to lose 4 dress sizes in a week...

What books are on your bedside table, magazines in your bag, or blogs on your screen?
I have just finished reading Stephen King’s latest tome, Under The Dome, although I think The Stand was better! I am also reading a Val McDermid and Anita Shreve novel. I read Taxation magazine to keep up to date and am reading BOOM! on maximising business potential by Emma Wimhurst. I have also just watched a very funny blog post by Karin from Café Bebe where she eats lots of marshmallows…