I am delighted to be joined today by Samantha Lee Howe, bestselling author, screenwriter and survivor ambassador for IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services), which is based in Yorkshire. Samantha’s novel “The Stranger in our Bed '' became a number one hit In the US Today book charts. Samantha adapted the book and turned it into her first screenplay. it is now a successful film starring Samantha Bond available on streaming services. Samantha, welcome to this special edition of “Daring to be Different”. We discuss writing, growing up in Manchester, being “discovered”, surviving Domestic Abuse, charity work with the Independent Domestic Abuse Services, asking for help and standing up for yourself. Welcome to the Sam Grierson interview series, chatting to change makers who have Dared to Be Different and stand up and speak out. We discuss social change that has occurred over the last 30 years, how language has evolved and is evolving and how we still have more work to do. I am interested to look at the role that the Arts play, to both inspire, provoke, educate and support social change. Actors, Singers, Members of Parliament, Artists, Authors, Activists, and Entrepreneurs who all dare… Sam Grierson interviews… Daring to be different… Graphics by Poke Marketing, Podcast Sound Engineering & Editing by Rose Hill, Photography by Claire Brown Disclaimer: This podcast is for private non-commercial use and the guests and their views do not necessarily reflect any agency or organisation or company that they work for and by no means represent absolute facts. Opinions expressed by the host and guests can change at any time. Listeners acknowledge that they are not being provided professional advice from this podcast or the guests. Trigger Warning: This podcast episode may, at times, cover sensitive topics including but not limited to ADHD Diagnosis, treatment, Neurodivergent terminology, mental health issues, eating disorders, suicide, sexual abuse, assault, violence, trauma, Domestic Abuse, LGBT+ Coming out, LGBT+ themes, Hate Crime, Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, Feminism. You are advised to refrain from listening if you are likely to be offended or adversely impacted by any of these topics.