Cassandra, the damaged singer in my new novel, “The Drummer’s Widow,” was drawn from the heart-wrenching life and tragic death of the irreplaceable Amy Winehouse who died three years ago today.

When I forget why I am a writer, she reminds me: “I’m not here to be famous, I just want to challenge myself. If all goes wrong, I’ll have my music.”

Thank you, Amy, for leaving us your music.

Amy Jade Winehouse, pop singer-songwriter, born 14 September 1983; died 23 July 2011 at the age of 27.

The Guardian obituary