I have great pleasure in welcoming the very talented Amanda James back to my blog to share her latest writing news… and to interview the protagonist of her fantastic new novel Behind the Lie that was out for Kindle on Friday.
This is part of Amanda’s busy blog tour so I am delighted she found time to pop over to mine!
Look where she’s been and where she’s going!
I met Amanda through Bridge House Publishing when we published her short story in our charity book for Born Free. It’s a collection of wild animal stories, and of all our collections remains a landmark success. We launched at the Hay Festival in 2010 with the wonderful Virginia McKenna. What a day. Amanda got to read at the festival. I have since followed Amanda’s career as she has gone from success to success.
Friday (just gone) saw the release of another novel and so I asked her to do something a little different. So we have an exclusive over here today. But first let me tell you a little more about Amanda.
She lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. In fact, three of her novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the new one Behind the Lie – April 2017 published by HQUK ( HarperCollins).
So in an exclusive, I asked Amanda if she would interview her protagonist, Holly, for me and this is what happened…
So to set the scene… a beach house overlooking a windswept beach in Cornwall. We are on the balcony drinking tea and watching the Atlantic waves hurl themselves at the shore. We are huddled in thick sweaters, because even though it is spring, the wind is Arctic.
So, I thought we’d have a little Q&A session, is that okay? It will be fun. Please tell me your name?
The young woman sitting opposite gives me an incredulous look, her eyes reflecting the blue of the ocean.
You know my name, but okay, I am Holly West.
Tell me what you’re most afraid of?
Holly sighs and takes a sip of her tea. She watches at a kite surfer but I can tell she sees something else. She wrests a strand of golden hair from the wind and tucks it behind her ear. Eventually she looks back at me.
People thinking that I’m not telling the truth, that I am still the woman I used to be.
Why so sad? What has happened to you?
There is no hesitation this time.
So much has happened in such a short time …When my childhood sweetheart left for the army, I left too. I moved from my village in Cornwall to be a model in London. Caught up in everything that goes with such a glamorous life, I was lost, alone…disgusted with the person I became. But then I met Simon and he helped me turn my life around. I was so happy when we married and I fell pregnant with twins but then my son died. Well, that’s what they told me, but I know he’s alive.
What do you want most from the world?
A sad little smile turns up one corner of her mouth.
That’s easy. To find my boy, make a life for us all back in Cornwall and to just live an ordinary life.
What will happen if you don’t get it?
Her expression grows dark and the clouds roll over the sun.
I can’t think about that… I won’t think about it.
Is there something about you the reader never finds out about you, Holly?
There are secrets about me that only you know, Amanda…
Want to know what happens? This is it…
Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman who has taken back control of her future.
Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go.
Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself or anyone else. No one believes her, not her husband or her best friend. Because she thinks she knows the truth…her son is still alive and she won’t stop until she finds him.
Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.
Author links – Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/
I don’t know about you but this has certainly whet my appetite… so do download a copy… thanks, Amanda, and we wish you great success with this! Thanks for being in the spotlight today!