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Amanda Sington-Williams Interview


Amanda Sington-Williams is a free-lance writer.  Her interest in writing began when she enrolled in a two year course on Creative Writing at Sussex University. She has already published a number of short stories.  She received her MA in Creative Writing and Authorship from Sussex University. The Eloquence of Desire was her first novel and was published in 2010.

She has released her new novel Just Two Weeks.  It is a psychological suspense novel set in Sri Lanka and The Lakes in northern UK. The book won the IPR Agents Pick.  It is available in paperback and e-Book.  It has also received some brilliant reviews!  Amanda Sington-Williams was kind enough to grant this interview about her new novel.

What is the novel about?

After being made redundant from a seemingly secure job Jolene Car takes a two week break in the sun. On the first day she meets Raquel, another hotel guest. Little does she realise how this apparently innocent acquaintance will lead to terrible and lasting consequences. After a frightening incident she hits a conspiracy of silence from the locals and over the rest of the holiday she feels herself slipping into a vortex of fear. Back home, the nightmare continues and she realises that Raquel is stalking her. Her hippie mother and her partner Mark tell her she is imagining it all. All certainties, even about relationships, become fluid and treacherous as her past begins to unravel. If it wasn’t for Rob, her ex-lover who Jolene thinks has his own agenda, she would be left to cope on her own.

How did you decide on the plot for this novel?

I was fascinated by the idea of a revenge stalker and the psychological motivations behind their actions and the consequences for the victim. In this case, both stalker and victim are women.

Where did the idea of the location of your novel come from?

A few years ago I visited Sri Lanka and met a few locals who all had their stories about the tsunami to tell. So I used Sri Lanka as a backdrop to my Part 1 of my novel and incorporated some of the stories I’d heard. Part 2 is set in The Lake District in the UK, an area which I know well.

How do you write?

Apart from brainstorming ideas for plot lines, I don’t really plan my novels. For me, not knowing what will happen next is part of the intrigue in writing a psychological suspense. It is also a surprise to me. Often the characters themselves lead the story as they are developed.

Here are some of the reviews:

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.  This was a brilliant and thrilling read. This goes on to prove that carving out an effective thriller is not about elaborate setting or fearsome characters – it’s all about good narration and a wonderful plot, both of which this book has! Highly recommended!  Read more . . . 
There can’t be a better test of the quality of a thriller than to read it a second time and find you still can’t stop turning the pages. I’d read and edited a draft of this novel, and a couple of years later I got hold of a copy of the published version. There have been some changes, a few not an improvement on the original, but no new reader will be aware of them.
This is a psychological thriller of the highest order. It’s a common human experience that after you see or hear something for the first time you seem to hear or see it repeatedly. So, initially, along with characters in the story, we think our protagonist, Jo, is ‘seeing things’. The author is a clever plotter. She offers us a flawed principal character – something of a loser, lacking confidence and with a tendency both to panic and to need the direction of others. So we have no trouble believing she’s ‘seeing things’; she’s paranoid.
As we’re taken on a journey of malevolence, betrayal, misunderstanding and the fraying of a person’s sanity, we come finally to appreciate that Jo is experiencing one of the worst of human experiences. Someone really IS out to get her but no one else can see it. The very stuff of bad dreams. And, as in any good novel, Jo grows and finds strength through her experience.
Don’t wait to read this one. It’s as good as anything the Nicci French duo has written – and I’m a great fan of theirs too.

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Amanda Williams

Amanda Sington Williams’ first novel, The Eloquence of Desire was published by Sparkling Books in 2010 and has been translated into Turkish. She won an award for this novel in 2007 from the Royal Literary Fund. Since 2006 when she first started writing she has had many short stories published, including: Growing Pains by Bridgehouse Publishing, A Mother’s Love by Indigo Mosaic, Two Orchids by Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Unseasonable Weather by Dead Ink Press, The Woman at Number Six by Writing Raw, and many more. Her second novel, Just Two Weeks is a psychological suspense and won the IPR Agents Pick in 2013.

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