Amy Kitcher has been a waitress, a teacher, a shop assistant, a lobbyist, and a politician. She has camped in the Sahara, lived in a Parisian apartment reputedly haunted by a monk and survived being run over by a pensioner. She loves travelling, reading and board games – any form of escapism really, which is what led her, inevitably, to writing.
New Year’s Eve at the Nun’s Purse is her first published story and she is working on two interconnected novels. The opening chapter of one of her novels came runner up in the inaugural National Writing Day competition held by Ink Academy.
Q: If you could travel in the past, which one of the great writers would you like to meet and why?
A: Jane Austen – I am fascinated how she carved out a literary career at a time when women in general were so subjugated.
Q: What is the first book you remember reading, or being read to as a child?
A: My dad would read me The Famous Five as a child, later I went on to read the full works of Enid Blyton.
Q: What superpower would you like to have and why?
A: I would like to speak every human language. But at the moment I must content myself with French, Welsh and a smattering of Spanish.
If there’s a dingier, grottier pub in all the British Isles, I’ve not found it yet. The Nun’s Purse boasts fly-strewn windowsills, walls the colour of a tobacco addict’s teeth, and table-tops so sticky that old Bill Jones lost a shirt sleeve to one this afternoon. Even the most iron guts can’t stomach “The Food”, …