Read our Q&A with Amanda Hampson, Author of Lovebirds

Read our Q&A with Amanda Hampson, Author of Lovebirds

What inspired the idea behind this book?

When you’re older, for some odd reason, people often assume that you were always the same person you are now. It’s only longtime friends who remember our youthful selves, the dreams and passions we once had, and the disappointments or tragedies that changed us in some way. I wanted to tell the story of a woman, whom the reader first meets in her older years as someone who is a little prickly and difficult, and then go back in time to show the defining moments in her life that made her the woman she has become – and then find a way to redeem her.

There are so many beautiful love stories within this book spanning romantic love, friendship and familial love – did you have a favourite to write?

I really enjoyed developing the relationship between Elizabeth and Zach whose love for each other is not obvious at first. Fighting for her grandson helps Elizabeth recognise that she still has a vital role to play in the family, and her involvement in Zach’s life is transformative for him. It was fun pitting the two generations against each other and seeing them bring out the best and worst in each other.

Does the creative process get easier for you with each book?

I suppose you become more confident and adventurous over time. I wanted to throw Elizabeth some unexpected challenges and see how she coped, so I really went all out to create incidents that neither Elizabeth nor the reader would see coming, which is how Baz and Vladimir found their way into the story.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Read widely and make an effort to examine books you really enjoy to work out how they were created; how authors use particular techniques like sentence structure, foreshadowing, flashbacks and humour. You can learn a lot about writing from reading – and practising writing.

What’s your daily writing routine like and what are you working on at the moment?

I have to be quietly aggressive about preserving my mornings (six days a week) for writing. It is so easy for things to intrude on that time, especially when you work from home. Morning is when my brain is firing the best and I don’t want to waste it! Right now I’m working on a mystery set in 1965 in the rag trade in Surry Hills about four tea ladies who get together to solve a crime – which is great fun!

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        Publisher details

        Lovebirds
        Author
        Amanda Hampson
        Publisher
        Penguin
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        04 May, 2021

        Synopsis

        In their youth, lovebirds Elizabeth and Ray had to fight to be together. Their future was full of promise and, blessed with children and careers, their happiness complete. But a twist of fate changed their lives forever. Now in her sixties, Elizabeth is desperately lonely. She rarely sees her two adult sons and her closest friend is a talkative budgie. But when her grandson, Zach, gets into trouble with the police, she decides to take him on a road trip to find his grandfather, her lost love Ray, in the hope of mending their broken family. Two less compatible travelling companions would be hard to find, as they set off on an unlikely adventure into the wilds of the northern NSW hinterland. What they discover along the way, about Ray and each other, has the power to transform them all. In trying to save Zach, Elizabeth might just save herself. Warm, witty and wise, Lovebirds is an astute and uplifting novel about the power of love and family.
        Amanda Hampson
        About the author

        Amanda Hampson

        Amanda Hampson grew up in rural New Zealand. She spent her early twenties travelling, finally settling in Australia in 1979 where she now lives in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Writing professionally for more than 20 years, she is the author of two non-fiction books, numerous articles and novels The Olive Sisters, Two for the Road, The French Perfumer and The Yellow Villa.

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