List of full length novels by Amanda Prowse with first publication date (in any format, usually eBook).
*Originally released as ‘The Christmas Café’
NOTE: The first three books, Poppy Day, What Have I Done? and Clover's Child are available in a 3-book boxed set entitled 'No Greater Love'.
Amanda has also written six Novellas (short stories on average of approx. 20,000 words).
NOTE: All six novellas are available in a single volume work entitled 'Stories From the Heart - A collection of short stories from the #Best Seller Amanda Prowse'.
I write contemporary fiction and my books fall in to two categories, firstly, 'gut punchers' like 'What Have I Done?', 'A Mother's Story' and 'The Food of Love,' which are slightly tougher, grittier reads, often based around an issue where an 'ordinary' woman finds herself in an extraordinary situation, as we follow her journey. The other type of books are 'marshmallows' which are slightly softer, easier reads or holiday books, like 'Christmas for One' or 'A Little Love'. Both types are compelling reads, that are designed to be uplifting and sprinkled with humour, but if you have a strong preference for one type then check out the reviews to see if it is for you.
My books appeal to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good story. They are character driven and very often my readers say they feel as if they take each step with the characters. The subject message is sometimes dark, but my books come with messages of hope and are peppered with humour
Most of my books are written as groups of stories or collections, not as a series so you can jump in anywhere with the following exceptions...
1. If you can, read 'Clover's Child' before, 'Poppy Day', 'What Have I Done?' and then Will you Remember Me? These four books share some characters, with 'Clover's Child' featuring Dot, Poppy's nan in 'Poppy Day' as a young woman in the Sixties'. This doesn't have to be strictly adhered to, but I would suggest it as it best shows character progression and you get to see them at specific stages in their lives. These books form the 'No Greater Love' collections.
2. 'A Little Love' is a prequel to 'Christmas for One'.
3. 'Anna', 'Theo' and 'How to Fall in Love Again - Kitty's Story', I would recommend are read in that order.
Some stories do feature characters from other books to a greater or lesser extent, but that is just a reflection of how ordinary lives do overlap and you're never more than a few steps away from a connection with anyone, no matter how unlikely it may seem at first.
So, for the 'No Greater Love' collection, read in this order...
1. 'Clover's Child'
2. 'Poppy Day'
3. 'What Have I Done?'
4. 'Will You Remember Me?'
For titles featuring Meg from Pru Plum's patisserie...
1. 'A Little Love'
2. 'Christmas for One'
For the 'One Love, Two Stories' collection...
3. 'How to Fall in Love Again - Kitty's Story'
Note that these collections can be read in any order, there are no links between these groups of stories.
Firstly, I use the Internet a LOT for quick fact checks. I also use consultants for specialist advice when needed. I have in the past found people on social media, experts who help make sure I get things right, especially on sensitive issues. The main thrust of my research is that I interview at least a dozen women before I write on a particular subject. This stage is critical in helping to shape my opinion and the insight offered by these people willing to share their experiences is invaluable. I find it is often the small details that give the story authenticity. Luckily these days I have a team of researchers on whom I depend and the final manuscript goes through rigorous copy and proof editing where facts are also verified. It is important to me that I do any subject justice.
I write everywhere and anywhere; on the bus, the train and on flights, so plane journeys are great for me, because no one in my family can knock on the door and say ‘Where’s my pants?” I also write in bed, on the sofa, in my study, the garden, and in the car. If I’m driving or being driven that’s my thinking time and ideas often germinate. My brain never seems to stop working! Sometimes I wish I could switch off. Only recently I was recording an audio book in a London studio and I looked out of the window over some rooftops in Queens Park and with my left hand I picked up my pen and jotted a few little notes for something I’d seen. The producer asked, ‘what are you doing?’ and I had to say ‘I’m sorry, I ‘ve just had a bit of an idea for a book!’ So yes, anywhere and everywhere. I always carry a notebook and pen as you never know when inspiration will strike.
Don’t make me choose! I love them all! I have a particular fondness for 'Clover's Child' which features Dot, the grandmother 'Dorothea' in my first novel 'Poppy Day'. When we first meet her in Poppy Day, she is an old lady suffering from Dementia, but with glimpses of her warmth and humour still present. People wanted to know her story, so I wrote it! Dot was an amazing, funny young woman who led a full and daring life in the East End of London in the 60's and I wanted readers to see her as more than just an old person, diminished. She was, only a heartbeat ago, young and excited about the life that lay ahead of her…
So much! It can be anything from a line in a song, a beat of music - to something spied through a window or a comment overheard. I write different books in different seasons and find my mood altered by lighting. I find nature inspiring, especially being near water, be it the ocean, a lake, river or even a puddle!
Awards and milestones are of course wonderful, but without a doubt the most incredible moment of my career was the first time I saw a stranger reading one of my novels! I was on the tube and sat opposite a woman who was engrossed in “Poppy Day.” My heart beat so fast and I felt my cheeks go red. I watched her turning the pages, oblivious to her surroundings and I thought I did that, I have taken her to a place that came from inside my head! I still find it amazing and I won’t ever forget it.
Never, ever, ever, ever give up! Every rejection, every “no” is one step closer towards getting your “yes,” and you never know when that yes is going to come, it might be tomorrow! It’s no secret that after my first book, I was down to my last twenty quid and had decided that I had gone as far as I could and it was time to finish writing… that very afternoon, an agent sought me out and within three days I had a book deal. My life changed in a matter of hours. Also, listen to every bit of feedback you get, use it to shape your writing and learn your craft.
Any good bookseller! And if they don’t have them all in stock they can order them in. If you shop online then Amazon hold large stocks of my entire catalogue and can deliver physical books very quickly indeed. Alternatively you can download any of my full length novels, short stories or boxed sets or compilations from the Kindle store. If you don't have an Amazon account you can buy a copy from my website but that will take a few days longer as it is handled by a third party seller who buys to order. Similarly, they can provide signed copies, but these are a little more expensive as it involves additional postage charges to get them signed.
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