Amaya was a daring, independent child with a passion for ‘playing out’ and a desire to explore the places around her – in all their unpredictable glory. That risk-taking streak led her into the lives of some fascinating people, many of whom still influence her work even today. Amaya’s early thirst for rebellion continues: each story she writes is full of the spirit of adventure and mystery, the characters are complex, daring and unusual and the writing has a dark, gritty edge with lots of subtle humour.
Her work is incredibly varied, modern and provocative. Over the years she has developed a magnetic style, challenging herself with every new piece of work and subtly altering her approach to express those unique ideas at their very best. New readers will find each of her books superbly written, emotionally powerful and, above all, highly entertaining.
“Writing new fiction was my main pastime for a long time. Such was my love of the art, I chose to make it my career. What don’t I enjoy about writing? Stopping at the end of the day. I love the freedom it gives me to explore interests and emotions that usually remain hidden.
I like to sneak between sub-genres. Dark crime comedy is an excellent alternative to psychological destruction – if you try any of my books, you’ll notice I sometimes mix and match styles to create an intriguing blend of the two. Developing new characters, describing people I’ve met or places I’ve been to and dipping into just some of the weird and wonderful experiences I’ve had so far in my own varied life are just a few of the elements I draw from to write. I’m an inventor, a communicator, an opinion-changer. Everything I write is close to my heart.”
Amaya obtained a physics degree from a respected London University in the late ‘90s and spent many years as a science writer, project manager and overseas trainer for a major company. A book of her research was published and sold to scientists around the world. Proud of her varied past, she has also been a contemporary art promoter, a bar manager and a volunteer dance class tutor for unwell children.
Amaya, what’s your writing motto? In less than 10 words.
“Innovate, don’t emulate. It’s got me far.“