Amy Lovell

Carole Raddato

Carole Raddato’s adapted image of a fresco from Pompeii

Amy Lovell did have an older sister who died but she didn’t kill her. In her début novel under this name, she explores how a childhood trauma can continue to affect adult life – and how to overcome one’s demons by facing them.

Until she wrote When she was Bad, Amy suffered recurrent nightmares about being unmasked as a murderer, with a body – or bones – hidden in a cellar. The victim varied but was always female. The dreams have been much less frequent since fictionalising the story of a young woman who believes herself, like Amy, responsible for her older sister’s death.

Amy Lovell is a pseudonym.