"The best stories have joy in sorrow, heart in humor, and always end in hope."

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Meet Amanda


I write picture books, chapter books, and middle grade books. I love writing quirky characters filled with humor and heart. Nothing makes me happier than nerdly analyzing a story or finding a book I can't put down. I live in Indiana with my high school sweetheart, two energetic kids and an adorably evil beagle . . . where the adventure and laughs never end.

Organizations & Programs


I'm proud to be a member or participant in the many fine organizations below. Each one has been piviotal in my education and development as a writer. And it has been a joy to get to know other fine writers and artist that belong to these groups as well. Writing is solitary by nature, however, community and connetion is how art flourishes. 

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Amanda's Thoughts


I blog about the things that move me in the moment. Using books as mentor texts to fuel projects. Gushing over my favorite current read. Or processing the complex challenges of telling stories that both the writer and reader will love.