Wednesday, 12 September 2018

REVIEWS, NEWS, INTERVIEWS


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It’s been a while since I visited Writing Allsorts – but I’m hoping to put that right by JAZZING it up a wee bit with…

Book Reviews – mainly in the psychological thriller genre

Interviews with writers

Writing tips and ideas




From now, I won’t be talking much about my writing journey on here, but if anyone is interested in seeing how things are going with HER LAST LIE & TELL THE TRUTH you can always find me…

On my Website:  www.amandabrittany.co.uk

Or you can follow me on:

Twitter @amandajbrittany 

Instagram @amanda_brittany_author


To kick off, I’m hoping writers might like to appear on here and tell my readers a bit about the setting/s in their latest novel or short story, and why they chose it - hopefully with pics. Please do contact me if you are interested: amandabrittany@aol.com   I can't wait!

Bye for now!
Amanda X


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Losing a sister to Cancer - ten months on.


It’s been almost ten months since I lost my younger sister to Cancer. To say it’s been a difficult time would be an understatement.

Some days it feels so fresh, and it’s true what they say, that a sudden wave of grief hits when you think you are beginning to cope. It’s that moment when you think of something you would like to tell her, or when you think of her cheeky laugh. When you imagine her sitting on the floor, as she always liked to do – never one for the sofa. Of that moment when you imagine her answering the front door with a joke and a hug. So, in my experience, you never get over losing someone you love – you just adjust your life around the pain, and slowly begin to let the memories in, and smile at them, rather than cry. It is still early days for me – I’m sure it will get easier with time.


I still cling to the white feathers, and believe they are messages from her, telling me she’s OK – perhaps I believe because I need to. There were two on the rose we planted in her memory, the other day. And a few weeks ago, there was one on a bench we put in her garden in her memory. They keep me going, even if perhaps I sound a little crazy.


One thing that helps me get through is my writing. At first I struggled – and wrote very little, but now it’s my go-to, along with chocolate, and really helps. I think it’s the way it takes your brain somewhere else – away from the grief.

‘Her Last Lie’ has so far raised £2500 for Cancer Research UK, and I want to thank everyone so much who has bought a copy of the book, reviewed it, or helped me in any other way with my fundraising. I hope what I’m doing may help others in the future, and maybe one day nobody with have to go through what my sister went through. Thank you! x


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
IBook: 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.