Thursday, 1 November 2018

Interview With an Author - Number 10 - Amanda Prowse (last but by no means least)

Author Bio
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has published twenty novels in dozens of languages. 
Her recent chart topping No.1 titles 'What Have I Done?', 'Perfect Daughter' and 'My Husband's Wife' have sold millions of copies around the world.

Author name: Amanda Prowse

Are you a traditionally publisdhe/indie/hybrid author? 
I self published initially, but am now a traditionally published author with Head of Zeus and Lake Union.

What was the last book you released?

How long have you been writing? 
I have been writing for about six years.

What is the most challenging thing about writing for you?
I think the most challenging thing is how it interferes with my reading time! I used to be a voracious reader but now all my time is spent writing so my TBR is up to the roof. Literally.

And what is the best thing about writing?  
Finally I get to do the job I LOVE! And I get to do it in my pyjamas – double bonus. 
I think it is an incredible privilege to be a writer – to connect with readers all over the world through nothing more than the seed of an idea that started in my head. If that’s not magic then I don’t know what is!

Where is your favourite writing spot?
In good weather I sit on a bench under the lighting tree in the paddock. It’s on a hill and has a beautiful view down over the fields towards a wide bend in the River Severn where the mist settles, sheep roam and the sunsets are stunning.  
In bad weather I curl up on a wide sofa in the snug with a fire raging or in the library with a blanket on my legs granny-style! 
These are my favourite spots but I also write on planes, trains and buses – wherever and whenever!

What do you do during times of self-doubt or (goodness forbid) if “writer’s block” strikes? 
I have not experienced writer’s block but I do get an anxious tum and a jump of nerves before each book is published – I think that’s fairly normal.

What is the most frivolous thing you’ve purchased with your royalties?

A farm.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Two things:

Firstly, find your own author voice. Don’t try to be the next… or the new… be YOU!
Readers are looking for that authenticity and something fresh and so be brave and have faith in your style and your sound.

Secondly, always listen to feedback from readers/editors/friends some you will agree with, some you will dismiss, but each word of advice will help shape the writer you become and very often it’s the view of someone a little removed from your work that can give you the greatest insights. 

Do you prefer tea/coffee/hot chocolate?

Coffee. Coffee and coffee. I would have it intravenously if I could…

Is there anything you’d like to add…?  

Thank you so much for asking me to take part. I have loved answering your questions and any chance to connect with readers is always a good one. 
Writing can be a solitary affair and it’s lovely to reach out and talk to people. 
Much love, Amanda X

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