Amy Heydenrych

Amy Heydenrych

Amy Heydenrych is an author based in South Africa. Her first two novels – SHAME ON YOU and THE PACT – are thrillers that reflect the zeitgeist of our complex digital age, where the line between reality and fiction blurs.


In her home country, she was named as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans, and has a local novel releasing in autumn 2022. This joins a body of award-winning literary fiction work including short stories and poems. By day, Amy works as a consultant for one of the world’s largest strategic consulting and innovation firms. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband and son.

Photograph/Rosanna Heydenrych

Amy Heydenrych @AmyHeydenrych

My brain has presented me with an utterly perfect plot - I empathise with the character, I see how she will evolve, I already weeping at the exquisitely emotional scenes.

Now to spend a year trying and disappointing myself as I try match this utopia on the page. #amwriting

We should be allowed to tell light and fun stories without bringing pain and heaviness into it. We should write stories about ourselves experiencing joy and love. Books like this serve a great purpose because... #KBF2022 (1)

It's @KingsmeadBF tomorrow! Join Irma Venter author of #ManDown, @ViviandeKlerk of #SerpentCrescent, and Nathi Olifant author of #TheFugitives talk to @AmyHeydenrych on the scary, yet oddly satisfying, process of creating monsters. Get your tickets here:

Cannot wait for this session! Book your tickets for this Saturday 📚

What happens when 4 incredible authors come together to celebrate their love for @MarianKeyes? Magic!✨ Join @AmyHeydenrych, @GailSchimmel, @pamelapower & @QLed in conversation about their lockdown feel-good novel at #KBF22.
When: 21 May
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My newsletter is out! It's all about writing and reading for comfort in troubled times. #writingcommunity #amwriting

My newsletter is out! It's all about writing and reading for comfort in troubled times. #writingcommunity #amwriting

I sent my book to my agent yesterday, and for the first time I refrained from the writerly urge to add in disclaimers - "I have loads of other ideas!" "If you don't like it, it's totally fine!"

The things we create are precious, no matter what path they end up on.

Many readers have said this, but @BonnieGarmus #LessonsinChemistry is a work of fiction perfection. That rare book that is thought-provoking and a comfort. I keep on sending it to people who I think need to read it.

Love how I carry the legacy of editors I have worked with alongside me as I edit my own work. Each one has taught me how to be a better writer and critic of my own work.

Grateful for the existence of gentle, eagle-eyed editors. #amwriting #amediting

Explore different facets of life with these fiction favourites!

Homebru 2022 - Not the same old story

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@AmyHeydenrych @QLed @pamelapower @GailSchimmel @JackiePhamotse @NiqMhlongo @TannieSall

My 4yo, while watching me apply make up this morning: “Mommy, do you put on mascara so you can look like an eyelash viper?”


Chasing Marian on display as part of the @ExclusiveBooks #Homebru campaign. Amazing curation of new, local titles for all tastes.

Looks like I'll be sending my newsletter out every 2 weeks...Expect lots of authentic writing process chat, honest book reviews & loads of recommendations.

This is the first newsletter I've made that people actually seem to be enjoying, subscribe here:

That writerly urge to languish in the editing process because letting go is too scary🤦‍♀️

Some fantastic local titles in the Homebru campaign this year...including Chasing Marian!

Hayley is an acclaimed author who will nurture your story with skill and heart. If you are working on an MG fantasy novel, get in touch with her!

Writing tip: When a writing professor tells you to "Kill your darlings," now is the time to arm your darlings. Stock up on enough canned goods to feed you and your darlings for three months. Nail boards over the windows. Let the bastards try to get you out.