Amanda Jennings was born in London in 1973, and her family moved to a village in rural Berkshire when she was young. Unsure what career she wanted to pursue, she decided to follow in her architect mother’s footsteps and accepted a place to read architecture at Cambridge University, but it soon became clear it wasn’t for her and she changed course to History of Art – more writing, less physics! Following a year or so running her own company with a friend writing copy for a variety of small businesses, she left to have her first baby. A few years later Amanda went to work at the BBC, but she missed looking after her daughter, and could no longer ignore her yearning to write. When she became pregnant with her second child, and encouraged by the success of a shortlisted sitcom script in a BBC writing competition, she took the opportunity to be at home with the children, and grabbed every spare moment she could find to write. Sworn Secret, her first novel, was published in the UK in August 2012. It hit the kindle #4 position in the UK, was a Top 100 bestseller in the US and reached the #1 spot in Italy in translation. Her second book, The Judas Scar, was published in May 2014, and shortly after was optioned by a film and television production company. In Her Wake, her third, was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and will be coming out soon in Germany, Sweden, Turkey and Italy.
Amanda is a regular guest presenter on BBC Berkshire’s weekly Book Club, is a judge for the Henley Youth Festival writing competition, and is involved in the WoMentoring Project, which offers mentoring support for talented female writers with women who work in the literary world.
Amanda lives just outside Henley-on-Thames with her husband, three daughters and a varied menagerie. She is currently writing her fourth book.