Amna Boheim

Amna Boheim

I decided to write a story which I would love to read, which, at the end of the last page, makes you want to go back to the beginning again. It’s hard. It’s particularly hard as I get scared quite easily. If you were to take me to the cinema to watch a ghost or horror flick, be warned that I scream out loud. My husband says my choice of genre is a bit ironic, but then again, I love the challenge of it. … When I felt ready, I did a complete re-write, together with a ‘field trip’ to Vienna. I thought the novel had improved, but I really didn’t know whether it was good enough. So I sent it to TLC to have one of their readers, Ashley Stokes, look through it. His feedback gave me a massive boost.

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“I lay in darkness, unsure of what had stirred me. Sleep still clung to my body, but I was conscious of my whereabouts. Moonlight spilled through the gap in the curtains painting a translucent strip that seeped across the floor. I was aware of my own breathing, the constant rise and fall of my chest.It felt as though… It was the feeling that I was not alone in my bedroom. That someone lingered by the side of my bed. I closed my eyes and listened. Silence filled the room, but the sensation remained. Somehow, it felt worse with my eyes shut.”
Extract from ‘The Silent Children’ – included in the showcase.

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