Novel 'Shame on You' uncovers darker side of social media

What lies behind the curated images and filters on social media?

Writer Amy Heydenrych explores this question in her debut novel, titled Shame on You.

The novel is a gripping psychological thriller that explores the darker side of social media.

It tells the story of Holly, a social media sensation who is attacked by a man she’s only just met.

Heydenrych is a writer, ghostwriter and book blogger based in Johannesburg.

She discusses the plot of her book, how she handled rejection from publishers, the writing process, and her transition from poetry and short stories to long-form fiction.

I really enjoyed writing about crime and the genre was just a good fit for me.

Amy Heydenrych, author of Shame on You

It took me three novels to finally be published in the UK.

Amy Heydenrych, author of Shame on You

What I wanted to express in Holly's character is that often with Instagram celebrities, and celebrity culture in general, we take someone and elevate them to the point that they are absolutely dehumanised.

Amy Heydenrych, author of Shame on You

Listen to the New Beginnings segment on The Pippa Hudson Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'The Lazy Makoti's Guide to the Kitchen' a cookbook for modern Afropolitan women

'The Lazy Makoti's Guide to the Kitchen' a cookbook for modern Afropolitan women

Joburg-based chef Mogau Seshoene talks about the inspiration behind her popular cookbook and her move into the culinary world.

How SA pilot Tumi Katisi beat the odds to make her dream of flying come true

How SA pilot Tumi Katisi beat the odds to make her dream of flying come true

Boitumelo 'Tumi' Katisi is now a qualified commercial pilot and her next goal is to become a pilot instructor to teach others.

CT clubbers warned to watch out for spiked drinks after two sexual assault cases

CT clubbers warned to watch out for spiked drinks after two sexual assault cases

Rights group Triangle Project has issued a warning following at least two incidents of spiked drinks that led to sexual assaults.

SPCA to open case against impatient CT man seen driving over two goslings in CBD

SPCA to open case against impatient CT man seen driving over two goslings in CBD

A family of Egyptian geese were crossing the road at the corner of Spin Street and Adderley Street, when the man drove over them.

Author denies 'speaking ill' of Winnie Mandela in new book about her life

Author denies 'speaking ill' of Winnie Mandela in new book about her life

The book looks at the death of Stompie Seipei, Winnie Mandela's trial and conviction, as well as the politics at play at the time.

Book delves into political history of kwaito and how it made black people seen

Book delves into political history of kwaito and how it made black people seen

A local book, titled 'Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito Generation', reflects on the influence of the iconic subculture.

Popular articles
Daughter of Timol murder accused Joao Rodrigues reveals sexual abuse

Daughter of Timol murder accused Joao Rodrigues reveals sexual abuse

Tilana Stander talks about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

WATCH:  Crash, bang, wallop! How would YOU explain this to YOUR boss?

WATCH: Crash, bang, wallop! How would YOU explain this to YOUR boss?

The woman comes out of the crash without a scratch but is visibly distressed by the incident that she may have to explain later.

Ever wondered why university vice-chancellors earn millions. Here's why

Ever wondered why university vice-chancellors earn millions. Here's why

CEO of Universities SA, Professor Ahmed Bawa explains why university vice-chancellors earn a lot of money while students struggle.

NPO director murdered in his Cape Town home, mourned

NPO director murdered in his Cape Town home, mourned

Curran was found stabbed to death in his Cape Town home about 48 hours ago.

24-hour traffic service to soon be introduced in Cape Town

24-hour traffic service to soon be introduced in Cape Town

Councillor JP Smith says the City has started to get the ball rolling to expand the traffic service to cover night time.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)