Author Interview: Amanda Robson

Hello Amanda, a big, warm welcome to Bookaholic Confessions! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself...?
My name is Amanda Robson and I am a crime writer published by Avon Harper Collins.

I am really excited about reading your new novel, Guilt (I LOVED your previous book, Obsession!) Can you tell us a bit more about it?

Thank you. So glad you enjoyed Obsession. Guilt is another psychological thriller, beginning with a stabbing, which leaves one twin sister dead, and the other accused of her murder. Past and present story lines are intermingled, gradually revealing the reason for the fight and, at the crescendo of the book, the person who died. I don’t think it is too much of a spoiler to add it is a man with who has come between them, and part of the book is written through his eyes.

How did you come up with the idea for the story?

I have always been fascinated by the idea of a man coming between two women who are really close, and how far one woman would go to protect the other. I think it is because I have very strong bonds with my girlfriends.

Are any of the characters in Guilt based on anyone in real life or are they entirely fictional?

Writers are like magpies collecting little bits from everyone they meet. All my characters are a fictional amalgam.

How long did Guilt take you to write?

Six months for the first draft, followed by three months to and fro, with my editor.

Your debut novel, Obsession, received some brilliant reviews and was one of the bestselling psychological thrillers of 2017. How does it feel to hear that readers have enjoyed your book?

I am delighted when I receive positive feedback.

What advice would you give to any aspiring authors out there?

First, keep persevering, for most writers it is a journey full of setbacks and rejections. If you really love writing and want to succeed, you need to grit your teeth and write because you love it. I know it is trite, but keep calm and carry on. Second, treasure your imagination. A lot of people can write in grammatically correct sentences but only some people can do that and tell a good story as well. I do have some writing tips on my website that might be helpful.

 Who are your favourite authors and what kind of books do you enjoy reading?

My writing tastes are diverse; I love so many different authors. But, the writers that have inspired Guilt are Kate Mosse and Barbara Erskine. Their psychological dual time- line thrillers, have always mesmerized me. Another favourite writer of mine is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her writing is so sharp and observational. Her books so meaningful and poignant. Books that change attitudes.

And finally – can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on at the moment?

My next book called Envy - another psychological thriller, about a young woman with three admirers, her husband and two stalkers.

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