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Thriller | Q&A Amanda Robson | Envy

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I’m delighted to be hosting Sunday Times best-selling author Amanda Robson in my hot seat today.

Envy publishes 4th April and we’ll be sharing Laura’s thoughts soon – don’t miss it!

Envy by Amanda Robson

She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it…

Erica has always wanted to be exactly like her neighbour, Faye: beautiful, thin, and a mother. But Faye’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems – she has a terrible secret, and slowly but surely, it is threatening to destroy her and everything she holds dear.

When Faye’s daughter Tamsin goes missing after school, the police turn to Erica. But is Erica the only one who has been enviously watching Faye? Or is there another threat hiding in the shadows…?

An unsettling, claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, greed and desire from Sunday Times bestseller Amanda Robson.

Envy by Amanda Robson is published by Avon (4th April 2019) and will be available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.


Hi Amanda, welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.

Please summarise Envy in twenty words or less.

A psychological thriller, about a good looking woman who has three people in love with her. One is her husband, but unfortunately the other two are stalkers.  

What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?

I think society is becoming increasingly infatuated with physical appearance, so I decided to write a book about a good-looking woman who receives more than her fair share of attention.

Does your book tackle a social barrier Amanda? How have you incorporated it into the story?

My book tackles aggressive sexual bullying, and stalking. I haven’t just incorporated it into the story. It is the story.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

Faye – Anne Hathaway, Phillip – David Tennant, Jonah – Hugh Grant and Erica – Olivia Coleman

What inspired you to write?

I read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier when I was twelve and it captured my imagination so much that I longed to be able to write a novel from the second I finished it.

Panster or plotter?

I plot very carefully, layer after layer. I think of the structure of my book like an onion skin; tightly meshed together. Change one thing incorrectly and everything will unravel.

Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?

If I have read the book and enjoyed it, I almost always prefer the book. This is because I like to imagine the scenes from a book in my own way. One exception is The Lord of the Rings.  I prefer the movies to the books, as Peter Jackson’s films are so very beautiful.

What has been the worst part of your writing journey?

The rejection and disappointment in the early years. You need to have a thick skin to be a writer.

… and the best?

The affirmation of being published. I still have to pinch myself sometimes.

Finally, have you done any writing courses that you would recommend to others?

I highly recommend the Faber Academy novel writing course, which I took in 2011. Richard Skinner, who is the Creative Director, was my tutor. He is an exceptional teacher with a formidable reputation; over sixty Faberites have now been published.  

Thank you for being my guest today.

Amanda Robson

After graduating, Amanda Robson worked in medical research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Poisons Unit at Guy’s Hospital where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning. After having her two sons, Amanda stayed at home to bring up her family.

In 2011, Amanda attended the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course and now writes full-time. She lives in London and Wales, with her lawyer husband, puppy and kitten. Her two sons, also lawyers, have more or less, fled the nest. Her debut novel, Obsession, was a #1 ebook bestseller and her second novel, Guilt, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Envy is published by Avon on 4th April, priced £7.99 paperback, £2.99 digital

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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