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My Alien self my journey back to me Amanda Green e book cover march 2012 My name is Amanda Green (pseudonym), I was born and live in England, UK,  and I set up this website and wrote two memoirs and one self-help book to share with my readers the stories of my issues with mental illness, therapy and recovery. I also write thought provoking, inspiring fiction with the theme of overcoming adversities (abuse, homelessness, mental health, relationships and more)

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I regularly post blogs about coping strategies, inspirational things to do, Borderline Personality disorder, depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety/panic attacks, thyroid issues, eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia), alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse/rape, Quetiapine (Seroquel anti-psychotics) and Citalopram (anti-depressant), therapies such as Cognitive behavioural therapy and paranoia, dissociation and psychosis – all of which I have experienced in one way or another either myself or those I know.  Also info on mental health charities, forums,  campaigns, the stigma surrounding mental illness, some of my personal experiences, celebrities with mental health issues and mental health in the family.

My logo is a locked box and this is because one of the main things I had to do to heal myself was to deal with adverse things that have happened to me in my past and my aim was to put them in a ‘pandoras box’, close the lid on them and lock them away, so that I could forgive and forget the past and concentrate on the future.

Amanda Green pandora box logo

Amanda Green pandora box logo

I realised that holding onto the past was harming me in the present time and it had to stop. Therefore, I decided this would be an apt logo for me to share and be recognised with. Plus green is for ‘go’ (‘go for it’ I thought) and is also my pen name.

You will see the main feature on the ‘My Alien Self : My Journey Back to Me’ book cover is a keyhole in keeping with the locked away bad memories theme…

Read about my book  My Alien Self – My Journey Back To Me by CLICKING HERE. To view or purchase any of my books click on the links to Amazon on the right.  Both memoirs are available as paperback and all are on kindle, but the GREAT news is that you do not need a Kindle reader to read kindle books Find out more by CLICKING HERE

I have also added a sample of my writing – see it by CLICKING HERE  and a small piece from my book about my mum and dad – CLICK HERE 🙂

My personal website is SandraMDean …….Continue reading Welcome to Amanda Green’s website…

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I shall be signing at the Manchester Author Event & Gig on Saturday 13th August 2016 – hope you can come too!

Behind Those Eyes front cover 1The Manchester Author Event & Gig 2016 takes place on Saturday 13th August 2016 from Sandra Dean depression - cropped front cover - web (2)11am until 11.30pm. Meet your favourite authors and get books signed during the day, transferring to a BBQ and gig with various bands into the evening!

I have only just got a table for the day and feel very lucky to be going, and hope you can come too if you are in the area! CLICK HERE for the link to my pre-order form.

A mixed genre of authors are attending, and tickets are available for morning slots, afternoon slots or all day tickets that include the evening events. Tickets are available on Eventbrite CLICK HERE TO GO THROUGH TO THE SITE

39 cover June 2013 smallMy Alien Self book cover AlisonFor the Facebook page CLICK HERE  and for the Facebook event page CLICK HERE 

Do let me know if you are coming!

Amazing that I was so nervous about my first one a few weeks ago and now I have already booked my third – this one. Don’t forget I shall be at the Bradford indie author event next Saturday too! For details CLICK HERE

Amanda 🙂 x Check out the lineup below!

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I shall be signing at the UK Indie Literary Festival Bradford, West Yorkshire 23rd July 2016 along with amazing fellow indie authors – self-publishing rocks! It’s a FREE event so come along!

Amanda Green UK Indie Lit Fest 2016

Amanda Green UK Indie Lit Fest 2016

I cannot begin to tell you how lucky I feel to be exhibiting my books at the UK Indie Literary Festival, Bradford on 23rd July! It has been organised over the last year and half but I got my place just a few days ago due to the sad announcement that a fellow author could no longer go.

I have checked out all the other Indie authors going (30 of us), and there really is something for everyone with a huge range of genres, plus readings and workshops and skype appearances and chats with Worldwide authors too!

I am so impressed, I have written a list below of all attending authors and their genres, so you can see why it will be so worth your while to come. And if that wasn’t enough, the event is FREE entry, due to donations from individuals, Cillian Press, who kindly donated, Follow This Publishing, Gillari Books, Mightier Than the Sword UK, Eventispress and The Graphics Shed, as well as key authors attending the event. It was set up by D M Singh, author of YA Gothic and Fantasy and CEO of Follow This Publishing. It is the first event of its kind.

So, here’s the official website for the event – CLICK HERE TO OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW

It is totally FREE but you can register yourself as coming on Eventbrite – CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE LINK IN A NEW WINDOW

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IF YOU WISH TO PRE-ORDER FROM ME FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Attending authors

  1. Claire McBride – Romance/New Adult
  2. Irene Lofthouse – children’s ‘spooky’ stories
  3. S. Woolley – Fantasy & Crime plus Children’s
  4. Jason Pinnington – childrens
  5. JG Clay Horror/Dark Fiction/Science Fiction
  6. Glynn Holloway – historical
  7. D M Singh – gothic, folk, fairy tales, YA
  8. Joe Eastwood – young adult, poetry, fantasy, thriller, and even romance
  9. Joe Kipling – young adult
  10. Laura Morgan – romantic suspense and new adult
  11. Steven A Burgess – Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction
  12. Rose English – short stories
  13. K S Marsden – Fantasy/adventure
  14. Diana Jackson- historical fiction and crime
  15. Alex Brightsmith – thrillers, fantasy and flash fiction
  16. Alex Mellanby – young adult, adventure/mystery
  17. Michael Wombat – Mixed fiction
  18. Joshua Sutton – science fiction/fantasy
  19. Maria Gibbs – Romance, paranormal, psychological thriller
  20. Rachel Cotterill – fantasy
  21. Felicity Snowden – Occult, horror, mystery, historical
  22. Elizabeth Haley-Woods – fantasy, urban, erotica
  23. Victoria Kinnaird – LGBT YA paranormal romance, LGBT YA contemporary romance
  24. Jessica Rhodes – contemporary fiction
  25. Chris Turnbull – science fiction, fantasy, gothic
  26. Victoria Howard – romantic suspense
  27. Roger Barton – southern history
  28. Steven M Caddy – Sci-fi/YA
  29. Claire Colley – women’s contemporary fiction
  30. Amanda Green – memoirs, mental health, self-help books, short stories, gritty drama

 

Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Book signings, confidence, radio interviews, support, special guests, mental health, anxiety and inspiration!

Me at the Essex Author Extravaganza

Me at the Essex Author Extravaganza

The Essex Author Extravaganza went really well at the weekend! I nearly didn’t go, I nearly didn’t do the radio interview, but I did both.

I was in a bit of a state over the radio interview, but told EVERYONE I could that I was doing it, as that made me commit to doing it. I would have been embarrassed if I had dropped out, even though there would be no need to be. I was SO nervous and anxious, so had to counsel myself and use all my coping skills to get through. It is all about fear of the unknown, but once I was in the radio studio with Tony Fisher at BBC Essex, he said it would just be like we are having a chat, and he was right. He was so easy to talk to I was really enjoying myself in the end! And they said they would like to have me back in for another interview! 🙂 We talked about the book signing event in Southend, Essex, mental health, mindfulness, my books and self-publishing. To listen in to the radio show CLICK HERE and slide the time to 03.15 towards the end of the programme.

Then the weekend came round and the Essex Author Extravaganza! It set up my table happily and then I felt out of place being so different in genre to everyone else, and it was a challenge but I had my lovely man, Michael with me, and friends’ support before the event.

It was my first signing, but yesterday, when it was a quiet, I was able to go meet many fellow authors, and found some lovely people along the way. My only regret was that I didn’t get to meet everyone – time just ran out. Plus, near the end I was blessed with two wonderful ladies who had heard me on the radio Wednesday and came to meet me especially. So, here is our photo. I take photos every day of the week, yet have so few of the weekend due to shyness.

I also met lovely readers who bought my books for various reasons and that was a real boost. So, I wish I had a load …….Continue reading Book signings, confidence, radio interviews, support, special guests, mental health, anxiety and inspiration!…

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Listen out for me on BBC Essex radio 3pm Wednesday 22nd June 2016 and find me at the Essex Author Extravaganza, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea, Essex! 25th and 26th June 2016

Amanda Green (Sandra Dean) Author

Amanda Green (Sandra Dean) Author

I am very pleased to announce my radio interview will be on Wednesday 22nd June on BBC Essex at 3pm. I will be talking to Tony Fisher about books, writing, mental health, and the Essex book signing event! Exciting stuff! I’m really looking forward to seeing the studios and meeting Tony et al. I might even talk about finishing my Counselling Diploma and my Life Writing workshops!

I am nervous, I have to admit, but I do have to challenge myself!

The Essex Author Extravaganza at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea, Essex is on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016, and tickets can be bought through ‘Eventbrite’ Please CLICK HERE to go to the site to purchase your tickets. For Sunday tickets, use code sunday10off to get half price tickets at just £10.

I will have my own table, with four of my books on sale at the event. Books will be limited, so if you are coming and would like your book(s) signed it is advisable to buy it (them). To buy on Amazon UK CLICK HERE and to buy on Amazon.com CLICK HERE Alternatively, I will have a sign-up sheet at the event where you can pre-order them with me and I will send them to your address, signed by me.

It’s my first ever signing event, but I do feel I have my table organised. There will be pens and sweets and stuff to …….Continue reading Listen out for me on BBC Essex radio 3pm Wednesday 22nd June 2016 and find me at the Essex Author Extravaganza, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea, Essex! 25th and 26th June 2016…

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Endings, attachment and moving on

“I’m not good at endings”. Oh how many times I have said this, but today I realise that I am actually a lot better at them than I used to be. I guess part of it is that I am older, have more wisdom and experience and have had to get through a lot of endings, whether they were of my choice or out of my control.

  • Death of a significant other
  • Severing friends and family relationships of my own accord
  • Finishing personal therapies, especially a group therapy
  • Finishing colleges
  • Finishing school all that time ago
  • Friends and family moving away or to another country
  • Leaving jobs
  • End of personal relationships – being dumped, dumping the other person, falling out…

Whether we make the choices ourselves, or another makes them for us, endings are still hard.

We get attached to people and places, and may miss them or feel angry about them.

We can also get attached to inanimate objects, which we are sad about if we lose them or have them taken from us. Theft can create a huge loss in our hearts, especially if it’s something personal to us or that is something that belonged to a significant other.

So how do we deal with loss and attachment? …….Continue reading Endings, attachment and moving on…

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It’s Mental Health Awareness week, 16th to 22nd May 2016; read my memoir and self-help book for FREE

16th to 22nd May 2016 is Mental Health Awareness Week.

Now, I have been writing about, campaigning about, suffering from, and recovering from, mental health issues for many years now, and have a multitude of blog posts on this site, so I will invite you to take a look around via the categories on the left side for Mental Health Awareness Week this year.

I am also giving away the kindle book versions of my sequel memoir, ’39’ (15th/16th May) and my self-help book ‘Living With Depression and Anxiety: 26 ways to get you out of the fog, into the sunshine’ (15th to 18th May). To download them FREE, just click on the links on the right hand side of this site, to take you to the Amazon pages, where you will find them free of charge.

Mental health is such an important part of our health, to ensure we live a content life, with good relationships, yet it can be hard to get the help, support and solutions needed. We must look after ourselves, push for help, but also take responsibility for ourselves if we can. If this is difficult, then seeking help is of utmost importance, whether from a doctor, counsellor, mental health charity or friends and family.

Take care 🙂

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Get to know me better… author interviews and blogging

I cuddle an orphan baby orangutan in Borneo

I cuddle an orphan baby orangutan in Borneo

Get to know me… Check out my latest two interviews:

GUM ON MY SHOE BLOG, CLICK HERE talking writing therapy, mental health, self publishing and much more…

And on Lisette Brodey’s WRITER’S CHATEAU, CLICK HERE talking memoir writing, coping with depression, mental health stigma, writing tips, Orangutans and more…

I highly recommend doing interviews on blogs,

I will be signing at the Essex Author Extravaganza on 25th and 26th June 2016, at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Essex, and I really hope to see you there! 🙂  …….Continue reading Get to know me better… author interviews and blogging…

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I will be signing at the Essex Author Extravaganza at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea, Essex! 25th and 26th June 2016

Amanda Green paperbacks poster

Amanda Green paperbacks poster

I will be signing at the Essex Author Extravaganza at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea, Essex!

It’s on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016, and tickets can be bought through ‘Eventbrite’ Please CLICK HERE to go to the site to purchase your tickets.

I will have my own table, with four of my books on sale at the event. Books will be limited, so if you are coming and would like your book(s) signed it is advisable to buy it (them). To buy on Amazon UK CLICK HERE and to buy on Amazon.com CLICK HERE 

I am very excited about the event, as it’s my first, I have ordered a banner, book stands, business cards and pens, so there’s lots of swag for you to get your hands on and take home. I will also have sweets, so if you do come, please do come over to pick up some bits, and
have a chat. I love a chat and meeting new people, so it will be great …….Continue reading I will be signing at the Essex Author Extravaganza at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-sea, Essex! 25th and 26th June 2016…

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How much alcohol is too much? The ‘tonight’ programme and my dry March continues

I watched the tonight programme last night on TV, about alcohol consumption and the new lower amounts set out in the guidelines of 14 units per week for women and men. They also gave a few facts:

No amount of alcohol is ‘safe’

One in ten people in the UK drinks the maximum weekly limit in just one day!

Drinking at home is the worst as it’s too easy to just keep pouring…

We need to have breaks in drinking alcohol; a few days of per week.

So, how am I getting on with Dry March?

It’s 18th March, and I did have a drink one night this week when on my own. I came face to face with a stressful situation and I just needed to relax. No excuse is a good excuse, but I don’t regret it. I had decided to have a drink that evening, and that evening alone, and I enjoyed it! And come the next day, I was back on the wagon. I haven’t even wanted a drink since. I feel so much better without it.

Now, I don’t plan on giving up drinking forever, as I enjoy it, but after my dry (all but one day) March, I am going to …….Continue reading How much alcohol is too much? The ‘tonight’ programme and my dry March continues…

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‘Living with Depression and Anxiety’ self-help book new cover and is now available as a paperback

'Living with Depression and Anxiety' Self-Help book cover

‘Living with Depression and Anxiety’ Self-Help book cover

I am very excited to launch my new book cover for my seventh book ‘Living with Depression and Anxiety; 26 ways to get you out of the fog, into the sunshine’ PLUS it is now available as a paperback as well as a kindle/e-book! 🙂

My hope is that this book will enable many people to take charge of themselves and overturn the negative symptoms depression and anxiety can bring.

I share my own 26 tips that have not only helped me to cope, but that I think will help everyone.

And long may I continue to create, write and help through my own experiences and thoughts on mental health and many other adversities life throws at us.

I am only a few months away from being a qualified counsellor, after nearly four years of college and placement, and I look forward to a future of using my empathy and own knowledge to aid others’ to better mental health as I have done myself. 🙂

Available on Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk and many other Worldwide Amazon sites!

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