Sam Rockford

. . . . is the author of thriller-mystery short stories and a recently-completed full length novel.

He is also an active member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and New Thriller Writers.


About the author

Sam Rockford’s passion for writing thrillers and mysteries grew naturally from his many years as an international consultant for security systems. Those behind-the-scenes experiences provide a rich background which brings to life his intriguing and unpredictable stories. Many of the details in these taut tales are drawn from actual events in American cities, European countries and the Middle East.

In his younger years Sam Rockford grew up in the intelligence community with a father in Army Counter Intelligence Corps, and moved with him to many U.S. States and foreign lands. Dinner conversations included off-the-record accounts of actual CIC operations.

In later years Sam went to work for a government contractor requiring a Secret clearance. He avidly researched terrorist activities and visited sites of terrorist attacks. As a devoted reader of history books and a constant traveler to unique places around the world, he came to realize that most people—even in Arab countries—did not want to be caught up in terrorist violence. Yet the small but dedicated cadres of terrorists have had an over-sized impact on their lives and on our lives.

Sam’s thrillers are about people caught up in compelling conflicts having high stakes, fascinating villains and adrenaline-pumping tension that culminates in unexpected conclusions. And his mysteries reveal people spurred on by a tragic crime to take on the role of detective, ingeniously interpreting clues to track and confront a cunning adversary. There are, of course, many ways to mix those two worlds. All these things create the immersive experience of his stories.

He also believes novels provide a unique way to deal with the fears stirred by terrorism and crime. Stories of intriguing people and their experiences allow us to shift all of that into a more positive mode where people actually do good things to combat these scourges in our lives.

In the 1960s, science fiction writers accurately predicted cell phones, communications satellites, robots, flat screen TVs and other advances that only became a reality many decades later. In the same way, he believes thriller and mystery writers can predict ways to deal with terrorists and perpetrators of crimes—which other people can then bring into reality.

Most of all, Sam believes in the art of the possible. To him it is the first step in creating reality, and influencing the shape of a better world.