Back to the Parfumerie

As part of my research for The French Perfumer during 2015, I visited some perfumeries in London. One of these was Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in the Salon de Parfums on the top floor of Harrods, where I spoke to the very knowledgeable maître de consultation, Benjamin Paul Mabbett.

I recently sent Benjamin Paul a copy of the book (which includes an acknowledgement) and was thrilled to receive in return some gorgeous shots he had taken of the book in the salon.

It’s wonderful when people are so generous with their time and knowledge, not for money or fame, just because they want to help. There is so much more you can learn from an expert in the field than simply reading about it online.

You can see more about my research in the South of France HERE

Sydney Writers’ Festival workshop

Am very thrilled to be running a workshop at the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival!

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll discover the five key storytelling techniques that will help you create an ‘unputdownable’ story in any genre. Join bestselling novelist, Amanda Hampson (The French Perfumer), in a fast-paced, entertaining workshop that will show you the elements that will give your narrative direction and drive. Learn how to create purposeful scenes, compelling characters, meaningful dialogue. Amanda will demonstrate how to find the perfect structure, understand the purpose of conflict and show the art of weaving suspense through your story.

Sydney Writers’ Festival workshop BOOKING

All SWF events HERE

The French Perfumer – launched!

‘The French Perfumer’ went into shops at the beginning of March and last weekend was the official launch. Amazingly, after two weeks of practically non-stop rain, the day dawned blue. Late afternoon sun poured into the cafe and we all felt very blessed.  Everyone wore their best (even a couple of tiaras!) and we enjoyed French rosé compliments of @thedrinkhive and delicious food by @caferacerMonavale

It’s very easy to overlook this aspect in the life of a book. It needs to be organised and funded by the author and it can seem all too hard and costly. But, although the isolated days and weeks in the writing of a novel are redeemed by its publication, it’s absolutely wonderful to share that journey and celebrate with friends and family who are truly excited for you. Loved every minute!