Today the Perfect Daughter Blog Tour stars it’s journey with me with a fantastic chat with the lovely lady Amanda herself
Hello Amanda – Thank you for taking part in this interview for Natsreadingcloud. Would you like to start by introducing yourself to my readers..?
Hello readers! My name is Amanda Prowse; I am a 47-year-old wife and mum who lives in the West country. I started writing later in life when I was diagnosed with cancer and it made me rethink my life plan! What did I really want to do with whatever life I have left? The answer was write stories! So I gave it a go and am delighted to see my 8th novel hitting the shelves, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Can you tell us a bit about Perfect Daughter?
Jackie Morgan’s story is set in Weston Super Mare, and shows how she struggles with the pressure cooker of life. She is caring for her kids, her ailing mum and in a marriage that has lost its sparkle. When her past comes back to haunt her, she learns a lot about herself, her family and what is important. There are millions of women like her in the UK that ‘sandwich generation’ looking after both kids and parents, it is tough and I wanted to write a book of hope that shows that no matter how tough things get, its important to find joy in the small things…
What kind of research did you do for perfect Daughter?
I lived with my mum while she was caring for us, her grandchildren and her mum, my lovely Nan, who had dementia. It made me aware of the struggle and exhaustion of this life. I also spoke to many women, strong, inspirational, devoted women who never, ever put themselves first, bloody hero’s each and every one.
Do you have a favourite book you have written from all nine?
I do! I have two if that’s allowed! I love Perfect Daughter and also Clover’s Child, as it is set in the 1960’s and I love the music and social scene of that era, I listened to a lot of great music while writing it. The book is also set in Limehouse in Ropemakers Fields in the actual house that my great gran and my Nan grew up in, and features the docks where my grandad worked. It was lovely to re-visit them in the places they knew and loved.
Who are your favourite Authors? And what genre of books do you enjoy reading?
The simple answer is any and all – I read everything, can’t bear not to have a stack of books waiting to escape into. But specifically I love Isabel Allende, Jodi Picoult, Joanne Harris, I could go on… and as for genre, anything with a strong female voice and a good story grips me, no matter under what genre it falls.
What is the best thing about being a writer?
I think it’s the feeling that I am doing something I love and never thought I would or could! I’m an ordinary woman from a very ordinary family, a bit fat, a bit clumsy, a bit rubbish at most things, but I can do this one thing; write books, and for that I am grateful each and every day!
I understand you are a ambassador of the Sepsis Trust please tell us more about the their good work.
Sepsis Trust are an amazing charity and I am so proud to be an ambassador for them. I am ashamed to say I had only vaguely heard of Sepsis and didn’t really know what it was and yet it kills more people every year in the UK than Breast, Prostate, Bowel cancers, road accidents and AIDS combined! 37,000 a people a year, and globally every 3.5 seconds someone in the world dies of Sepsis. We need to start making people more aware and you can check out the website sepsistrust.org to find out more!
And finally – have you started writing your next book?
Yes! I have always started my next book as I NEED to be writing! My next book is called Three and a Half Heartbeats and is the story of how a lovely family unravel when they lose their only child to Sepsis. Every penny of the book will go to the Sepsis Trust, so please look out for it, buy it, tell your friends and help us save lives! Thank You x
Thank you for taking the time to answer these 🙂
You are very, very welcome.
By Amanda Prowse
Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed No Greater Love series
Published as a hardback by Head of Zeus on July 2015 at £12.99
Amanda will be doing a major tour of the UK during July
Praise for Amanda Prowse:
“Captivating, heart-breaking and superbly written” CLOSER
“Prowse handles her explosive subject with delicate skill… Deeply moving and inspiring.” DAILY MAIL
“Uplifting and positive.”HELLO
Jackie Morgan loves her family. Even though her teenage children can be stroppy, her husband a little lazy and providing round-the-clock care for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s is exhausting, they are her entire world. She has sacrificed a great deal to provide this safe and loving home, in their cramped but cosy semi with a view of the sea, and her own dreams have been firmly pushed to one side.
All Jacks wants is for her children to have a brighter future than she did. As long as Martha, the eldest, gets into university and follows her dreams, all her sacrifice will be worth something… won’t it?
For fans of Jojo Moyes and Jodi Picoult, Perfect Daughter confronts current issues such as Alzheimer’s and the pressures of being a ‘sandwich mother’ – women caring for both their parents and children simultaneously. According to Carers UK there are over 6.5 million carers in the UK and they predict this figure will rise to 9 million by 2030. Amanda felt inspired to confront this issue in Perfect Daughter, after watching her mother care for her grandmother who was suffering from dementia, whilst also looking after her own children and grandchildren.
Amanda herself says: ‘I wanted to write a book for ‘every woman’ who finds herself living in the pressure cooker of the modern world. A woman, to quote from Jacks, my central character, ‘who lives in a house where space, money, time and patience are all in short supply.’
About Amanda Prowse:
Amanda Prowse is a bestselling novelist with an incredible 155k followers on Twitter. On Remembrance Day 2012 Amanda Prowse made headlines with her debut novel Poppy Day. She received widespread military support, celebrity endorsements and appeared in newspapers and on TV sofas everywhere. Amanda donated all her author royalties to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. This was followed by 4 more novels ‘ Clover’s Child’, ‘What Have I Done’, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Will You Remember Me?’. As well as writing she was Writer in Residence on ITV’s This Morning in 2013.
Amanda now has seven novels and a number of short stories under her belt, including the no 1 bestselling What Have I Done? Most recently, Amanda penned the critically acclaimed A Mother’s Story, which dealt with the issue of post-natal depression.
Amanda is an ambassador of The Sepsis Trust. Sepsis kills more people in the UK than breast, bowel and prostate cancers combined – over 37,000 people with a cost to the NHS of £2.5 billion a year. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. In September this year, Amanda will release a book called ‘Three and a Half Heartbeats’ and all profits from the novel will go directly to the Sepsis Trust.
Amanda is married with two children. They live near Bristol.