Amy Willoughby-Burle: Women's Fiction/ Sweet Romance


Hi every one! Today I’m excited to introduce you to Nina, the main character in my new novel, The Lemonade Year, which releases in April 2018 from Shadow Mountain Publishing!

 Life just keeps tossing lemons at Nina left and right. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, her daughter wants nothing to do with her, and now her father has died. Nina’s world is spinning out of control. She had a plan and life is not cooperating with her. 

(Sound familiar, yeah, me too sometimes.)

In the novel, I don’t really describe Nina physically all that much. I give the color of her hair, but that’s only in relation to her sister. (In the book, her hair is dark.) I wanted this character to feel like “every woman,” like she could be you. I love to identify deeply with a character, to struggle with her and  to triumph with her.

Nina 5

Actress, Jessica Robin Riley did a fantastic job bringing Nina to life for the upcoming book trailer, which will premier early 2018. Jessica lends a beautiful face to Nina while at the same time, retaining her every woman appeal. I couldn’t be happier to have her as the face of this fantastic character. (Stay tuned for more info about the trailer!)

Join Nina on her year-long journey to reclaim her life, her family, and her happiness.


Fun writer game: Cast your novel! I love doing this. I’m a movie junkie and love to imagine who would play the characters in the movie version of the book. Who would your leading characters be? Post in the comments!

Thanks for joining me!


3 thoughts on “Writer’s World Wednesday

  1. gdeitch2013 says:

    What fun to follow your characters like this! Great idea!

  2. margolynndill says:

    Amy: I can’t wait for your novel to come out! 🙂 I also love your site. Trying to get back into the swing of things here–and saw your post on Twitter. 😉 Happy holidays to you, RJ and the kids!

    1. Thank you! We are well and we miss you and the whole writers group from back in the day! Love being able to follow you online!

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