Wednesday, 11 April 2018

‘Her Last Lie’ The first 3 months of being published.

It’s been an amazing 3 months, since my debut novel ‘Her Last Lie’ was first published on January 9th 2018. 

There have been some exciting ups as I watched my novel become a best seller in its category, and saw it climb its way into the top 100 Kindle chart in the US and Australia. I was amazed too to see it reach #116 in the UK Kindle chart. I never thought I would have a book published, let alone reach such amazing chart positions. At one point I was nestled between Jo Nesbo and Tess Gerritsen   - how cool is that?

I was thrilled and truly grateful to Karen Byrom for mentioning 'Her Last Lie' in My Weekly. I was chuffed too to appear in the local paper, and to chat on BBC Three Counties Radio. 

And I’ve also met some lovely people on Twitter. If I’m honest (and this is between you and me) I've never been very good at the whole social media malarkey - it's completely out of my comfort zone of hot water bottles and fluffy slippers, so I never expected to enjoy my time on there as much as I do. In fact, I've even  set up a Facebook page, an Instagram page and a website. GO ME! Details below if you want to have a wee look.

Facebook: HERE
Twitter: @amandajbrittany
Instagram: amanda_brittany_author
Website: HERE

Another upside of being published was receiving my very first month’s royalties for my ebooks. I’ve whizzed the money straight over to my Just Giving Page HERE which I set up when my sister became ill, and I will continue to put my royalties there each month. It will be such a thrill to see the amount grow. Thanks SO much to everyone who has downloaded a copy - you are all brilliant.  And if you enjoyed it, and would like to pop on a review that would be absolutely FANTASTIC!  You can do so HERE.  In fact, you can have my last Rolo if you do. 😃If you didn’t enjoy it, let's pretend I never said anything.

Actually, that brings me onto the hardest thing I’ve found with being published – it’s the negative reviews. I hadn’t realised how much they would hurt! I tend to keep reading the wonderful 4s and 5s to remind myself I must keep writing, as it’s so easy to let the 1s and 2s get under my skin.  But I am getting better at just accepting them as the months go on - and try to avoid reading them if I can. Sadly, they go with the territory – not many writers get away with none at all – and everyone has a right to an opinion – and sometimes (although not always!) they can say something that might help my writing in the future.

Anyway, I'm clearly not letting them get me down too much, as I’ve just typed The End on an early draft of novel 2 – so it won’t be long before I whiz it off to my editor with everything crossed that she likes it.   

And that's about it for the first 3 months! Thank you everyone for all your support. 😘

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Settings in 'Her Last Lie'

It was great fun including places I’ve been to, and the area where I’ve lived all my life, in my debut psychological thriller. I  enjoy conjuring up fictional settings, but to describe places I know so well, was a real treat.

My main character, Isla, travels by train into Letchworth Garden City Station at the start of the novel. 

Her apartment and a restaurant are fictional, but she does take a walk along the very real Greenway, and the park is based on Howard Park.

There's a scene where Isla visits Hitchin Market, and sits by St. Mary’s Church and the River Hiz. (Something I’ve done many, many times.)

The church in the scene set in Baldock, is based on St. Mary the Virgin Church.

There is also a scene set in Hunstanton, a place I visited often as a child, and somewhere I’ve taken my own children.

Me in Narvik

Further afield for Isla, she travels to The Blue Mountains in Australia, Abisko in Sweden, Narvik in Norway, and there are various scenes set in Canada.

Her Last Lie can be downloaded on ibook or ebook, with all royalties going to Cancer Research UK

Amazon: HERE

At the moment, I'm writing my second novel for HQ Digital, and crossing my fingers I can come up with some equally lovely settings.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Talking about 'Her Last Lie' on BBC Three Counties Radio

On Friday, I was thrilled to be invited onto BBC Three Counties Radio, to talk about Her Last Lie, and why I'm giving my royalties to Cancer Research UK.

I arrived at the studio in Dunstable a wee bit early. I didn't want to be late. It was a cold but bright day, and I felt a wee bit strange as we walked towards the BBC building. In fact, it felt  surreal, as though it was all about to happen to someone else.

After my husband had snapped a photo of me standing outside, I pressed the buzzer, and was let in by a smiley man who told me to take a seat in reception.

Within a few minutes, the producer of ‘Mystery Guest’ Kady Braine appeared. She was so friendly; my nerves began to melt away. Although when she offered me a cup of tea, I declined, as I would probably have spilt the tea all over the floor. I can't be trusted!

She told me briefly what would happen next, and then left me for about ten minutes.

When she reappeared, I was taken to a small studio. Inside was a mic, and I popped on headphones, and listened to Nick Coffer on air for a while, amusing his audience with funny anecdotes, before he played some music.

When the music stopped, I was on air, and my heart was thumping a bit too hard. Nick asked me questions, trying to guess why I was there. He got the reason pretty quickly, although I gave him a huge clue – that the only thing I ever exercised is my fingers. (True story!)

More music, as I was taken through to Nick’s snazzy studio and sat down opposite him, another mic inches from my face.

Questions followed, and Nick carried me through brilliantly, as I told him about Her Last Lie and the reasons why I’m giving my royalties to Cancer Research UK. Talking about my sister brought a lump to my throat, but hopefully nobody noticed.

It was a brilliant experience, and one I will remember always.

Her Last Lie is, by some kind of miracle, is a #no.1 bestseller, and can be bought from Amazon or iBooks for just 99p. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Her Last Lie

I’m excited to share the cover of my soon-to-be-published debut novel. I think it's rather lovely, and am in awe of the extremely talented designer.
After 9 years of writing fiction, it feels surreal that I will have a novel in the world soon. And I guess it proves we should never give up on our dreams. (Although I came pretty close at times, I can tell you!)

As you may already know, this is extra special for me, as all my royalties for downloads will go to Cancer Research UK in memory of my amazing sister. Cancer affects so many of us, and I do hope I can raise some money for such a good cause.

Her Last Lie can be pre-ordered at 99p from Amazon HERE and will be published on 9th January 2018.  I'd be delighted if you popped over. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has given me so much support.  I feel so lucky to have met so many lovely people since my blogging journey began way back in 2008.