Amanda Prowse the Author
I am married to Major Simeon Prowse MBE. My husband is an extraordinary man. He has served for 26 years and is currently training soldiers to deploy on Op Herrick with the land warfare centre in Warminster. I am delighted to have him so close to home; this is not always the case. The times when he is deployed are the most challenging that a family can face. We use a simple recipe to get through it of love, faith and laughter; it seems to have done the trick so far! Simeon has been deployed on 8 operational tours including Northern Ireland, The Balkans and Middle East; he has been honoured with 9 medals.
I am aware that not all service personnel and their families are as fortunate as Simeon and I, many come home injured or not at all. As well as being an army wife and mother I am also an author and want to make a significant contribution to fundraising for forces charities in the best way I know how. When Simeon was last deployed, I had a ghastly sense of foreboding, it started me thinking, what if I needed to get on a plane, needed to get to him, could I? This was how my novel ‘Poppy Day’ was born… My objective is simple, I want to raise as much money as possible for The Royal British Legion and other service charities close to my heart, it is how I say thank you to my Simeon and all his colleagues past and present.
'Poppy Day', is the story of an army wife, set in East London and Afghanistan. She is devoted to her husband Martin, who joins the army in search of a better life for them. ‘Poppy Day’ gives an insight into life beneath the uniform, a peek at what it’s like to be the one left at home, ticking off the days until your loved one returns and what happens when there is the knock on the door that every forces spouse, parent and lover dreads… The book raises the ultimate question, how far would you go to bring home the man you loved?
I started writing in earnest four years ago, having always obsessively crafted short stories and scribbled notes for potential books. ‘Poppy Day’ is my first novel, all my books share a common theme in that they are contemporary love stories, the main characters being ordinary women who are placed in extraordinary, current, gritty situations.