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Writer and blogger Amanda Egan has released her fifth chick lit novel ‘Lottie’s Luck’. Amanda’s writing career took off when her son suffered with School Phobia. Wanting to be close at hand, Amanda camped out in the school car park, an unusual but advantageous hideout that allowed to her make observations and begin forming her first novel…
Lottie's Luck, by Amanda Egan


Q1. Circumstances played a big role in your writing career. When that time came did you already have the ideas for your first novel?

I’d kind of had the seed of an idea floating around for a while but I was never brave enough to take the plunge. Suddenly finding so much quiet time on my hands I decided I had nothing to lose and then the book practically wrote itself – it’s amazing what you can achieve in a car with no distractions!

Q2. Some people say the hardest part of writing is actually putting pen to paper. Do you have any tips on how to get started?

For me it has to be the characters.  As soon as I feel I know them really well – even if I don’t have the full plot outlined – I put fingers to keyboard and start.  If the characters are strong enough and you know them well enough, I find the rest just takes over.  Also, if I over plan I get bored – I know the outcome already and there are no surprises for me.  I kind of like to write a book in the way I would read one and be led on a bit of a mystery tour.  That’s not to say that I don’t have the bones of an outline – I’m not that mad!

Q3. Your novels sometimes skirt closely to your own experiences. Does that make you feel exposed? And do friends/acquaintances get paranoid?

The Mummy Misfit books were based very loosely on my experiences at a private London prep school.  VERY LOOSELY!  I felt slightly exposed to begin with – hence the reason for publishing in my maiden name – but the books are totally fiction (with a sprinkle of exaggerated truths!)  and the characters are a complete mish-mash of people we met along the journey.  I am only in regular contact with one of the mums now and she’s very supportive of all that I do.

Q4. With the success of Fifty Shades of Grey have you considered branching out into the ‘soft porn’ genre?

Never!  I’m the kind of writer who leaves hokey pokey shenanigans at the bedroom door.  Aside from the fact that I think Amazon is becoming saturated with writers attempting it, there’s no way it’s a genre I would turn my hand to.  I’d just get the giggles!

Q5. You’ve suffered knock backs from publishing houses and have opted to self-publish on Amazon. Is this an easy process?

No, far from it.  The technical side is all way beyond my little brain so I leave that up to my husband and son.  It’s the self-promotion that’s the nightmare.  I have no one to sell my books except for me and my readers so that means I’m constantly having to look at new ways to get my books talked about.  People can’t just walk into a shop and pick up one of my books so I have to be my own shop window.  I’d love to be offered a deal where I could just concentrate on what I enjoy the most – writing.

Q6. You love holding themed dinner parties. What are your top tips for a successful night?

Plan to within an inch of your life and then going with the flow!  I love to coordinate classy tables, yummy food and have some daft games on hand but if the guest mix is right your evening will take control of itself and be a hit.

Q7. You enjoy reading a wide range of genres. Is reading an important part in being a good author?

For me, reading is vital – it’s like breathing and has been for as long as I can remember.  I’m never without a book or my Kindle and I feel lost if I’m not mid-read.  I probably worked through close to five hundred books during the early stages of my son’s school phobia and I truly felt that I’d served my apprenticeship – I’d studied my craft for years before that but I suddenly felt ready to fly.  If you don’t love reading, how can you expect to write a book a reader will love?

Amanda Egan

Author Amanda Egan

Q8. The number and rating of Amazon reviews make a big difference to book sales but what aspects of a review do you find the most helpful as a writer?

If a reader tells me that I have made them laugh or cry, or that they can almost see the plot running like a film in their head, then I know that I’ve done something right.  When they tell me that they want characters to return with a sequel, that gets me thinking too.

Q9. I love the photography and artwork on your covers. Tell us more about them.

I buy all my artwork from iStock (very reasonably priced) and then my husband and son work on the title font and the back cover for the paperback versions.  I am delighted with all of them but I still think ‘Diary of a Mummy Misfit’ is my favourite – I have had lots of compliments on it, even from top, traditionally published authors.

Q.10 Lottie’s Luck is your latest novel. Tell us a bit about it.

Lottie feels that she’s always been blessed with luck.  We follow her on her journey as she starts to believe that her lucky streak has run out.  But has it?  Or is it just fate pushing her in a new direction?

You can buy your Kindle copy of ‘Lottie’s Luck‘ in the UK here or from the USA here (for less than the price of a coffee!) and paperback copies at Lulu

 

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