An interview with Amanda Reynolds, author of Walk Away

It’s a day late this week because of Broadband technical issues but I am now pleased to welcome Amanda Reynolds, the author Walking Away to the hot seat in my Thursday (or Friday) Throng author interview. Amanda is currently writing a second novel, teaches creative writing and also has the fun of running a murder mystery business.

Walk Away - CoverThe Book Review

I suspect that running a murder mystery business helped Amanda enormously when it came to developing her plot for the book. I know that after a game of Cluedo I’m full of ever more creative ideas about who dunnit.

Although Walk Away is set in the sleepy village in the Cotswold Hills it is very much a modern and relevant murder mystery that examines what happens when a family is ripped apart by the loss of a child.  It allows us into the lives of those who must carry on when they have gone through the grieving process, it encourages us to each consider what we might do, what assumptions we might make and the consequent actions we might take were we thrown into the same melting pot. Amanda’s book is not just a simple murder mystery it’s also a story about revenge, reconciliation and redemption. Oh, and it was excellent, a real page turner.

amanda reynoldsThe Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I used to run sales training courses for an insurance company and as an ice-breaker I would often start with a game. Everyone had to write down on a piece of paper something about themselves that no one else in the room would ever guess. Mine rotated between three little known facts about me: I have won ballroom dancing medals, I used to keep salamanders (who had sixty babies which we let loose) and that I once had a job milking goats.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

The main hazard is too much coffee and cake, oh and procrastination, but I find the hardest thing is that it is such a solitary profession. I’m very independent and happy to work alone but after a few days I start to crave company and need to meet up with friends for a coffee (again!) and a chat. It’s important too for the quality of your writing as it can become stale. I belong to a novel writing group and I run two creative writing groups so I’m constantly surrounded by fellow writers which is fantastic, particularly as they are all so talented and such lovely company.

Are you jealous of other writers?

Honestly? Yes. You know when someone writes that killer line that you wish you’d thought of, something so simple that it belies the incredible image it evokes. Mostly though, I think that creativity breeds more creativity and competition is the best way to improve, along with a bit of constructive feedback.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Every author should have a very fertile imagination, otherwise how can you write? We are all presented with numerous ideas every day, it’s how we write them down that marks us out as good or bad writers. I start with the germ of an idea, the one that won’t go away and I write my way into it. When I reach a knotty bit, I take my two golden retrievers out for a walk in the fields and let my subconscious work away until I have rush home to type up the next bit before I forget.

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life?

Aside from the obvious, (marriage, birth of my two children) it was probably the trip we took as a family last summer. I’ve always wanted to see New York and we combined five days in NYC with a week on the coast in Virginia. If I ever sell the film rights to one of my books, I will buy myself a beach house and write on the veranda, overlooking the ocean – bliss.

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Where can I find Amanda Reynolds online and buy her book?

You can find out more about Amanda on her Facebook and through her Amazon Author Page here: amazon.co.uk/Amanda-Reynolds/e/B009C5WWXW. Alternatively, you can buy a copy of Walk Away for the Kindle on Amazon in the UK and in the US.

You can find out more about her murder mystery business here: www.murdermysteryfun.com and the creative writing classes here: www.cotswoldcreativewriting.co.uk

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/

 

5 thoughts on “An interview with Amanda Reynolds, author of Walk Away

  1. Joanna (Lazuli Portals Trilogy) says:

    All those salamanders! Yikes!
    Interesting interview, Amanda, and I agree that the subconscious often does a sterling job of solving knots and bumps. 🙂
    I’ve downloaded a Kindle copy of Walk Away. I won’t start reading it until Broadchurch has ended, though! 😉

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