Writing in lockdown. April News.

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Hi there,

I hope you are well and safe during these strange times. I know how hard it is for everyone out there at the moment. For me, I miss my sons and their wives and partners, and I worry about my mother who is especially vulnerable at this time. But I’m also aware how lucky I am to be able to write from home, and can continue to do so during lockdown.

I have always found writing a brilliant form of escapism, and I’m so grateful for that. It has got me through some very difficult times, and continues to do so. Losing myself in the scary world of my psychological thrillers is my form of mindfulness, I suppose – while I’m ‘there’, ‘here’ stops playing on my mind for a while. OK, maybe if ‘there’ was a love story or a comedy, it would be an even better ‘there’ to go to – but I seem drawn to the darker side – and I can’t see that changing for a long time.

At the moment, I’m excited to say my fourth psychological thriller is presently going through final edits, and, all being well, will be published in August! I’ve seen the amazing cover, and hope to share it with you very soon. Karen Clarke and I are also writing our second psychological suspense, and I’m working on the outline for my fifth novel. So lots to do.

My debut HER LAST LIE comes out in paperback on 14th May. This book means so much to me, as many of you already know. It is dedicated to my sister, and all my eBook royalties are being donated to Cancer Research, and has so far raised almost £8000. When I receive copies of this book I know I will cry, as it represents a bittersweet time in my life. The moment I lost my amazing sister, and the beginning of writing novels.

This month, THE SECRET SISTER appeared in an article by Fran Quinn in ‘Waitrose Weekend’ And Karen Clarke and I wrote a short story ‘That Special Ingredient’ for ‘My Weekly’ that appeared in the April 21-28th issue.

And that’s about it for April. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Amanda X