Anne-Marie Conway is a primary school teacher specialising in drama, who also runs her own children’s theatre company, Full Circle.
Anne-Marie’s first book, Phoebe Finds Her Voice, was shortlisted for the inaugural Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition and picked for the Summer Reading Challenge 2011.
Her first stand-alone novel, Butterfly Summer, won the Oxfordshire Book Awards and Hounslow Book awards and was selected for Book Buzz 2013. Her latest book, Forbidden Friends won the Southwark Book Awards. Her new novel, Tangled Secrets will be out in April 2015.
Star Makers - Sam in the Spotlight
Meet Sam. One big secret. One BIG dreama! Why has Sam’s sister fallen out with their mum? Will Dad ever reveal his secret from the past? How can Sam get her family back on track? And, most importantly, will she hold it all together on the night of Star Makers’ fab new musical? A sun-shiny story about the thrills and spills at the Star Makers Drama Club – a special place where everyone has their moment to shine.
Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum’s over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can’t shake off the unanswered questions. Why can’t she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May’s unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well…and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.
From the author of Butterfly Summer comes the unforgettable story of a new friendship, a terrible tragedy and long-buried lie. When Lizzie and Bee meet on holiday, it feels as if they were always meant to be friends. Escaping their parents and exploring, everything seems perfect in the hot summer sun. As the two girls grow closer however, strange questions rise to the surface… Is Lizzie an only child? Why has Bee s dad disappeared? And why, as the holiday comes to an end, are the two girls forbidden from seeing each other again? Could one dark secret from the past hold the answer? Could one fateful night keep Lizzie and Bee apart…for ever?
Maddy can’t find her voice. With her grief over Nan’s death, her struggle for Mum’s attention, and the mystery of the strange woman Dad keeps meeting, it’s easier to keep everything locked up inside. But as terrible tangled secrets bring Maddie’s whole world crashing down, it seems only bad boy Kieran Black can give her the confidence to speak up.
The training was very useful – great for getting me to think about things in a different way.- Anne-Marie Conway