On Wednesdays on social media, people use the hashtag #WriterWednesday to chat about all things author, book and writing, including authors promoting their own work. As we love to support self-published authors, we thought we’d join in and we will be featuring a UK self-published author every Wednesday on the website. This week, we met Sandra Dean, who writes under the author name Amanda Green to find out more...
Please tell us about yourself; when did you first become interested in writing?
I remember loving writing stories when I was in junior school, and they always seemed dark and scary. From 14 years old, I began a diary/journal where I could write about everything that happened in the day, if I wanted to. It was a way of mostly writing down the bad things that happened, and it was therapeutic as it was like talking to a close friend. I could write whatever happened and then it took the edge off anything difficult. It wasn’t all bad, however. I have written ever since, but after turning those journals into my first memoir ‘My Alien Self; My Journey Back to Me’, I haven’t written journals, but fictionalised stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I still have it. I think I was about nine, and wrote of a scary, dark place in the middle of the woods.
What genre/genres do your books fall under?
Memoirs, Self-Help, Dark Drama, Psychological Thriller and Women’s Fiction.
What is your latest book called, what is it about and what was the inspiration behind the book?
My latest book is very different from my others. It’s a Women’s Fiction book, called ‘Dirty Laundry’.
Whenever I go in shops, there’s something going on with customers or staff, and being a counsellor, I know people are not all they seem. We hold a lot in, as humans; trauma, our emotions and our thoughts, so I wanted to have all my characters in a shop, and chose a laundry service shop in Essex. This is the synopsis of the book:
Beckley Laundry is more than just a laundry business...
Run by the effervescent manager, Sandra, and her feisty team of girls, the launderette becomes a place where more than just clothes are washed. It’s a place where more than one kind of dirty laundry is aired between its walls.
This is a funny, quirky and poignant tale of a group of strong women, but not all is as it seems. Between them, they harbour some dark secrets. Fearing that boyfriend, Martin, is having an affair, Sandra enters the world of Internet dating in her search for love and acceptance... but she finds a lot more.
It’s not just the witty banter between the girls, and the many colourful customers, that beats at the heart of this story, it’s the secrets and lies.
This is a story of love, betrayal, loss and the power of secrets.
It’s funny, it’s sad and it’s dark.
Can the bonds of love and friendship between these beguiling characters save them?
This story says that anything is possible if we stand together and learn to love and forgive...
Besides your current book, do you have any new projects coming up?
I have also just released a short story collection called ‘Through Their Eyes’, which is a mix of dark drama, suspense and Psychological Thriller.
Where can people find your books?
On Amazon. I have just sent my novel to the Library for their approval, but for now, check my books out at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amanda-Green/e/B0087O89QS
What has been the greatest moment in your writing career?
Finishing my first memoir – it took me four years to put together and write, and I laid myself bare in it, with a great response.
Besides writing, what hobbies or interests do you enjoy in your spare time?
Watching documentaries, learning about how people tick, chatting to friends, looking after my cats, hamster and tropical fish, tending to my pot garden, trying new things (exciting or sedate) and being creative and busy.
Which novelists do you admire?
I love George Orwell for his amazing talent, plus Chris Cleave and Mark Haddon, to name a few…
What has been the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
To just write and get on with it, without stopping to edit, to get the story out. Then, go back to edit afterwards.
Do you have any tips or advice for other indie authors?
It is very hard work, but rewarding to know you have done it all yourself. Every sale is special, and you can make many friends along the way.
You can find out more about Amanda and her books at her website or via Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Facebook (Amanda), Facebook (Sandra), Goodreads, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (Amanda) or Twitter (Sandra).