Sunderland mum wants to be the next JK Rowling

Budding author Amy Maginnis.
Budding author Amy Maginnis.
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SINGLE mum Amy Maginnis is looking for help in her bid to become the next JK Rowling.

The 28-year-old has agreed a cut-price deal with on-line publisher Author House to self-publish her vampire/serial killer thriller ‘Thanks for the Memory’ – but needs to raise £600 by Friday or risk missing out on the chance to make her dream of a lifetime come true.

“I have been writing since I was little, but I have never had an opportunity like this before,” she said. “I feel this is my chance.”

Amy hopes publishing success will bring an end to a run of bad luck which stretches back to June 2010, when an electrical fault sparked a fire in the kitchen of her home in Perth Road, Plains Farm.

“Everything has been a bit naff for me since then,” she said.

Amy was uninsured and was faced with having to refit the home she shares with son Declan. Her relationship broke up and she has now been forced to give up her job after her mother was taken ill and could no longer look after Declan while Amy was at work.

“I have never had an opportunity like this before, I can’t let it pass me by without a fight,” she said. “The publishers have agreed to allow me to pay in instalments but I still cannot afford it out of what little money I have coming into the house.

“I cannot express how grateful I would be to be given the chance to make something out of myself and show my son that you should never give up on your dreams. I’d be happy to pay the money back.”

Anyone who can help Amy can contact her on 07578 940 280.