Interview with Amanda Marigold

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything to an author aren't they. When I write my stories I want to take the reader along with me. I want her/him to see what I see, hear what I hear and feel what I feel. I also want them to experience the magic of escapism, to enter a world which may differ from the one they are familiar with.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the sequel to 'Murder in the School.'
Who are your favorite authors?
There are almost too many to list. However the ones who spring to mind are Miss Read, P.D.James and Colin Watson. I love reading Miss Read's books for her love of the countryside and her observation of character, P.D.James for the detail and atmosphere she puts in her stories and Colin Watson for his expertise at dark humour.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm always up early but I also go to bed early. Each day brings new surprises both good and bad and the inspiration to take my stories further.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading, gardening and craft. I also like to watch people.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By recommendation mainly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story about rabbits.
What is your writing process?
I write at home in private with music in the background. I have a special place to go and write. There I find comfort and time stretches out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was Black Beauty. It's a wonderful story. Alice in Wonderland introduced me to a fantasy world, which I don't think I ever quite left.
How do you approach cover design?
I try and match the cover to the story. I like simple designs which allow the reader to use his/ her imagination too.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a difficult question, but I suppose I would say: 1) Village Centenary by Miss Read because it so well describes the passage of time. 2) A Taste For Murder by P.D. James because it is a page turner. 3) Coffin Scarcely Used by Colin Watson for its sheer hilarious dark humour. 4) To Stir a Magic Cauldron for it is pure magic and 5) Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris because it is a delight to read from page one.
Published 2015-03-08.
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Books by This Author

Murder in the School
You set the price! Words: 39,550. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The arrival of a new headteacher at Primrose Primary School causes upset in more ways than one. When the discovery of a body on the premises is investigated a few eyebrows are raised and suspicion is cast on all and sundry.