Amna K. Boheim
I never really knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. At the age of five, I was enthralled by the miracle of childbirth and briefly toyed with the idea of following my parents into the medical profession, telling everyone I knew that I wanted to be a “Baby Doctor”. By the age of eight, I... show more
I never really knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. At the age of five, I was enthralled by the miracle of childbirth and briefly toyed with the idea of following my parents into the medical profession, telling everyone I knew that I wanted to be a “Baby Doctor”. By the age of eight, I thought I could also be a Lollypop Lady on the side. By the age of sixteen, I had dropped all notion of being a doctor and I wanted to do something “businessey”. What that meant exactly, I had no idea. I went on to study Land Economy at Newnham College, Cambridge. Although I'd never heard of the subject, my careers teacher — to whom I’ll ever be grateful — said it would be worth considering given its breadth and the fact I had little idea of what I wanted to do. During my three years at university, the ultimate career choice continued to elude me. I thought I could be a lawyer, but pouring over the minutiae of semantics and never-ending sentences didn’t exactly get me excited; nor did accountancy for that matter.When I graduated, I joined an investment bank without a clue as to what a bond or commodity or a stock really was. I remember my first day, feeling a fraud amongst the go-getters who had the latest exchange rates and stock prices on the tip of their tongues. I didn’t think I’d last the distance. By some miracle I lasted eleven years.Priorities changed. I got married, had a family and I left the City. I had always loved reading and for some time I’d thought about the idea of writing a book. So that’s what I did — with a little bit of help from Faber Academy’s three-day Introductory to Writing course and later, their six-month Writing a Novel programme, as well as the valuable (and painful) feedback from my fellow Faber classmates, friends and family.AwardsBefore I forget, I should also mention I was The Literary Consultancy's February 2014 Showcase Author and The Silent Children was also shortlisted for their 2014 Pen Factor award.Lastly, The Silent Children, was awarded the silver medal for best suspense/thriller in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards.