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Me, on the internet

Happy 2019! It’s been so long since I blogged that I’ve come to WordPress only to find the CMS has completely changed. Hopefully this will work out alright…

So, since I last posted, quite a lot has happened. Most significantly, of course, is the fact that my book was finally published. It is officially out there. And the experience has been mildly debilitating, euphoric and plain weird all at once. I am so grateful that it’s been pretty well-received. The reviews have been, on the whole, really lovely. It’s not a conventional thriller (it’s not really a thriller at all, but I’ve ranted about that before), so it’s been really heartening to see most readers have enjoyed it and been surprised by it.

I’m currently knee-deep in book 3, which has been such a different experience from book 2. Book 2, by the way, will be out later this year! It has a title now: Unfollow Me, and you can find out more about it on my website. I really really enjoyed writing Unfollow Me – it was one of those rare experiences when the plot came to me pretty much fully formed, so I just had to write it all down. Book 3, on the other hand, has been a nightmare from the very first paragraph. But I had a break from actual writing (or typing, anyway) over Christmas and spent a long time thinking about it, and I’m hoping that I can wrestle it into some kind of shape in the second draft.

But I digress. The point of this post was really to do a little round up of places I’ve been featured on t’internet since The Rival was published, in case you want to find out a little bit more about it/me/my writing journey. So, without further waffle, here we go:

Why I wrote my debut novel The Rival – The Early Hour

My top 5 books about rivalry – The Big Issue

Best thrillers roundup – The Guardian

My journey to publication – Women Writers

Dark undercurrents of everyday life with Charlotte Duckworth – BritLit Podcast

How the Faber Academy course helped renew my faith in writing – We Heart Writing

How I lost and found myself after having a baby – Female First

Three Pics to Publication – Amanda Reynolds blog

Phew! I am sure I have missed some but that will do for now. Before I go though, could I just ask a tiny favour? If you have read The Rival and didn’t hate it, please would you pop a review on Amazon for me? It doesn’t have to be long, but all ratings are so helpful, and I’d really appreciate it. If you have read it and didn’t enjoy it however, I’d really appreciate you, er, not writing one. Cheers. 😉

You can find out more about THE RIVAL on my website, and order here if you want to make my day.

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