Just wondered how everyone is getting on with their novels – fully expecting no one to reply to be honest but since the website pops up on my wordpress menu it’s too tantalising to ignore.


Happy New Year

Happy new year to everyone and all best wishes for the writing. I’ve recently been on a trip to Paris and started a few short stories and sat around looking at stuff to put in the Paris scenes in my novel. Obviously, a bit of Christmas shopping was done and galleries were visited. The Mona Lisa seems to have been moved since my last visit but most people had their back to it taking selfies. The picture with dogs doesn’t seem to be in the same place, Julia, but I found myself looking for other dogs in other pictures in the room. Surprisingly, there was a Jack Russel type dog scrounging beneath the table in the Last Supper which is interesting and pretty typical of dogs. Has any applied to the Jerwood/Arvon mentoring scheme? It looks wonderful. I have to say I’m still inspired by our course. Wasn’t it just brilliant? Anyway, good luck for 2015. I hope someone posts some work here soon. I keep looking but I feel I’m gazing into a mirror. Xx Amanda


Breath – novel extract – Amanda

Thank you Sue, for your comments and for reading my draft, early though it is. I am going to take it down now and rework it. I have lots of ideas for a new beginning but will continue to work on the rest of the novel meanwhile. I have just finished reading Shirley Jackson’s ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’. If you haven’t read it, it’s a brilliant suspense novel, blackly funny and short! It has such a great beginning with masses of tension which continues throughout the novel. She also manages to slip in background information sparingly and discreetly.

I’ll keep an eye out for other people’s work.

All the best,




Another blog post

Thought I’d give this a try. Here’s a link to my blog post about the week, but since you were there…

Arvon – a purple plane, a Yorkshire valley and a useful wee jolt