Phantosmia (That’s Posh for Something’s Up With my Sinuses)

Something very peculiar is happening to me at the moment. I am being haunted. For real. But not by a ghost. By a phantom smell. Yes, really. Apparently, this is an actual thing. Being pestered by a smell that isn’t there. It even has a name. Phantosmia. Which sounds very pretty and glamorous, like the… Continue Reading

The Henley Literary Festival 2015

Last week was Henley Literary Festival and what a week it was! It’s one of my favourite weeks in the calendar. It’s always sunny and seeing my hometown transformed into a bustling hotbed of literary gorgeousness is a joy. The programme this year was even bigger and broader than previous years. From Anita Anand talking… Continue Reading

Book Three is Dressed

It’s always a nerve-wracking time when you first see the artwork for your book. An author has lived with their book – the story, the characters, the themes, the essence of the idea, the emotions invoked while you write – for many months, or in the case of In Her Wake, my next book, years…. Continue Reading

All The Words – an online Literary Festival

I was delighted to be asked to be part of Hayley Webster’s online literary festival. She is an incredibly fine writer of a book I adore, Jar Baby, and she and I have been Twitter buddies for a while now. She makes me laugh and she is clever and she has a heart of gold… Continue Reading

Book Three News…

Last week I was delighted to announce I’ve signed a deal with Orenda Books to publish my third book, In Her Wake. I thought I’d share the press release from the Book Trade News: “Press Release: Deals Done Orenda Books Signs New Amanda Jennings Thriller Posted at 5:17PM Friday 12 Jun 2015 Karen Sullivan, publisher… Continue Reading

Head Massages. And how (not) to handle them…

So today we’re discussing head massages at the hairdresser. One word. Awkward. There you are, having your hair washed, which is essentially an ablution, and suddenly, without warning…the massage. Sensual. Rythmic. AWKWARD. I mean, what are you supposed to do? Close you eyes and moan softly at the undeniably pleasurable feeling? Carry on scrolling your… Continue Reading

A Poem by My Granny

It’s my gran’s funeral today. The whole family are together, going through photographs, preparing food and drink for after the service, sharing stories and hugs. I found this poem in a pile of papers. My mum says Gran wrote it a few years ago (she was 99 when she died last week). It’s about, erm,… Continue Reading

The Importance of an Ed(itor)

So, here I am, dusting off the old blog. I’m going to endeavour to write regularly from now on. More poor blog was sitting sad and neglected in the corner of my writing life and, well, I feel bad. I was galvanised into caring for it again because I want to offer support to a… Continue Reading

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget Those souls sent brave and marching proud, King and Country ring in youthful ear. Smiles and waves and cheery hope Off to cast their crowns in glory. Boys. Just boys. Lest we forget. Their beating hearts and coursing blood, Passion flames and love untapped. Channelled in their virtuous stride To mists unknown… Continue Reading

How To Cook A Book

I first published this recipe a couple of years back, but have decided to repost it as it seems apt for this moment in time as I am currently trying to write Book Three. Obviously it’s proving tricky, but hopefully things will work out. After all, I have everything I need – the ingredients of the book… Continue Reading


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