I am pleased to announce my virtual book tour commencing on the 11th April through to the 22nd.
For your chance to win a $10 (£7.08) come and join me. Dates and venues are on the calendar.
During this time I will be completing various blog posts and interviews for a number of hosts around the world. I will keep you posted on the exact hosts and the dates nearer to the time.
I just loved this book, it took me less than 24 hours to read it and it left me with a feeling of 'wow' I can't wait to read the second book! This author is going to go far...fantastic book.
by Amanda Wass
Born and raised in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, I've always been a lover of writing, from an astrology column in my primary school newspaper to filling diary after diary with my poetry.
After leaving school I decided to follow in my step-mothers footsteps and become a nurse. That was when I learnt to write essays, and a lot of them. I was probably the only one in the class who looked forward to completing each one.
My psychology professor took me to the side one day and asked me if i'd ever considered pursuing psychology as a career. At the time I was 17 and had about as much idea where I wanted to be as anyone else that age. None.
It was only after a car accident two years later and I lost my nursing place, that I followed his advice.
In the meantime though, I continued to write, discovering that I really missed the essays. there was something about the structure and accomplishment that I just loved. So I found myself writing to magazines, newspapers, filling more diaries with poetry. I got a couple of stories published and even got paid for one of them. A bonus as a 20 year old.
I went on to learn so much about writing style and conciseness at university and thoroughly loved the subject, leaving with a 2:1, a departmental award and a nomination for the Experimental Psychological Societies Undergraduate Project Prize.
I decided to follow this up with a post-graduate degree, however I became a single parent half way through the course and had to leave.
I decided to set up a small ironing business to enable me to stay at home with my little boy, which was great for its purpose, it paid the bills, but I desperately missed the buzz of writing a piece I was proud of.
Since my evenings were mainly spent watching the box on my own and my imagination had the space to wander, I found myself developing an idea for a novel. A simple question appeared in my mind one day... what if there had been 8 days in the bible? and so the eden saga was born.
I found myself writing at all hours of the day and night, fitting in 10 minutes here or there, in between my little boy, my business, my boyfriend at the time. Nothing stopped me from completing my story, even when the relationship broke down, nursery referred my little boy for aspergers assessments (it's still ongoing 2 years later) and my family went through 3 bereavements.
More than anything it helped me to cope. Knowing that at the end of the day I could disappear into a fantasy world of my making where anything could happen, was a life line for me.
The sense of pride I felt when I held the complete manuscript in my hand was unreal and it was when I realised I had to write for a living. I knew it would be a huge battle to get it out there, but it didn't matter, I had to write.