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The US writer’s YA de­but where trau­matic mem­o­ries can be erased

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What would you write as Mind­walker’s cover blurb?

If you could choose to erase your worst mem­ory, would you? Seven­teen- year- old Lain Fisher is a prodigy. She’s al­ready mas­tered the art of Mind­walk­ing – us­ing a neu­ral link to delete her pa­tients’ trau­matic mem­o­ries. When Steven Bent, a trou­bled class­mate, asks her to help him for­get a hor­rific event from his child­hood, Lain’s su­pe­ri­ors warn her to stay away from him. But she goes against or­ders… and soon re­alises that Steven is con­nected to some­thing much big­ger.

How long did you work on i t?

The idea first came to me about five years ago. Orig­i­nally I wrote Mind­walker as an adult science fic­tion novel, then came back to it a few years later. I’d been read­ing a lot of Young Adult Fic­tion and I’d fallen in love with the genre, so I tried rewrit­ing the book with the pro­tag­o­nist as a 17- year- old girl, and some­thing clicked.

What’s unique about the world in Mind­walker?

It’s not set in a dis­tant, re­mote fu­ture where civil­i­sa­tion has to­tally crum­bled. It’s a lot like our world. Many of the dystopian as­pects of the so­ci­ety in Mind­walker – such as the Na­tional Reg­istry of Men­tal Health – are ones that real- life po­lit­i­cal fig­ures have ac­tu­ally sug­gested… which makes the world a bit more scar­ily plau­si­ble, I think.

Which SF/ Fan­tasy au­thors would you like to be com­pared to in-a dream re­view?

Well, there are a lot of au­thors whose work I adore. I don’t know that I’d want to be seen as the next Suzanne Collins or the next Veron­ica Roth – I’d rather be the first me.

Mind­walker is pub­lished on 2 June by Rock The Boat.

Amanda’s book deals with is­sues like do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism and men­tal ill­ness.

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