Wednesday 21 November 2018

Blog Tour: Interview With Amelia Mandeville Author of Every Colour of You

Today I have a very exciting interview for you. I was lucky enough to ask Amelia Mandeville, author of Every Colour of You all of my burning questions about her writing and the book. The book is out now and you can click here to order your copy!Thanks so much to Amelia for stopping by the blog today to chat with us and don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the tour for more reviews and other exclusive content. 

Here's what it's all about. 

What happens when someone who lives every day to the full
meets someone who can only see reasons to stop living . . .?

Zoe's life is full of colourA fan of impromptu yoga, inspirational quotes and experimenting with hair dye, she's on a mission to make the most of each and every day - even if she is currently spending most of her time behind a checkout till.

Then she meets Tristan. The rumour is that since his dad died, Tristan's life has fallen apart. No one has seen him for months. But now he's reappeared, does that mean he's back to 'normal'?

Zoe soon realises Tristan is struggling with a sadness that she can't possibly understand and becomes determined to bring a world of colour back into his life. But the harder she tries, the more she realises it's something she can't fix - and in trying to put him back together, a part of her is beginning to break . . .

Full of big emotions and heart-wrenchingly relatable characters, Every Colour of You is an unforgettable story, and perfect for anyone who's ever felt a little bit broken.

First question-bit of a cliche-how did you get into writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing, always been writing, always been creating stories, and I don’t think it was until I got a laptop when I was probably about 13/14 that I started writing novels.
 And here's that interview for you:
Do you write full time & if so, have you always done this?
No I don’t! I do spend a lot of time on my writing, however not full time! A girl can dream though.
Do you have a particular writing style or genre that you prefer?
 Um, I don’t really know. I guess authors do have their style, but I’m only starting so I’m still learning what my style is. I like focusing on emotions though. I know that.
How do you develop your characters as you write, are any of them based on real people?
 I think writers do write based from what they know, but I’ve never written a character who is the exact copy of someone I know.
What was the inspiration behind Every Colour of You?
 I wrote it when I was in a bad place, so it was a bit of an escape for me. I think it’s really hard to get into the heads of people struggling with mental health, and I wanted to show that. And I think sometimes even harder with guys struggling with mental health as they believe they should ‘man up.’

What is your writing process-do you map it out first? Write in chronological order?
 I do tend to map it out, I hate planning though, I get so excited and want to start writing, however its very crucial. I try to always have a good idea of what events follow through from the beginning to the end, but it does change as I write and edit.

How much of you is reflected in your writing? 
 I would say a lot. I’m quite an emotional person. I think there’s a bit of both of me in Zoe and Tristan.
What kind of research did you do before/during writing Every Colour of You?
 I did do research. I had to research into anti depressants, hospitals, specific wording, conditions, I did a lot of googling. I wanted to try make it as accurate as possible

How much attention do you pay to the reviews that you get?
Ah. I try not to. It’s my first published novel, so I really have no idea what my writing is like. So I am curious. But obviously not every book is everyone’s taste, so I do need to take a lot of reviews with a pinch of salt, and also see it as help to develop my career. Some reviews have been lovely though, so so lovely.

Are friends and family supportive of your writing?

Very supportive, my Mum always encouraged me never to give up!

How do you feel leading up to your publication day?
I’m scared its going to flop! Very nervous! I’ve been waiting for this day for almost 5 years

 I really like Emily Jenkins. Her book We were Liars really got me. Jeeeez.

Finally...what are you working on right now?
Book number 2 (not related to Every Colour Of You, new characters, new story)

Meet the author

Amelia Mandeville has been creating stories and characters in her head ever since she can remember. When there became too many, she started to write them down. Now 21, Amelia is the debut author of Every Colour of You, publishing in November. Besides getting lost in the stories she's written, Amelia spends her time attempting to bake, dyeing her hair and vlogging for the YouTube channel she shares with her sister, Grace - the aptly named TheMandeville Sisters.

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