About Amanda

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Fun Facts About Me


  • I am a huge Junie B. Jones fan.

  • My kryptonite is pizza. (I'm gluten & dairy free.)

  • Flora & Ulysses is my favorite Book.

  • I like to run. 

  • Kate DiCamillo is my hero.

  • I made my first latte at ten.

My Story


It all started with a winning play ending in the third grade. Not only did my ending win, but it was read to the WHOLE ENTIRE Eugene Field Elementary. I was hooked after that. 

While I did spend time experimenting with other careers (restaurant manager, lock smith, and children's librarian), I always came back to writing. I went on to get my degree in freelance writing, study with numerous writing programs and classes, and won both a Funny Friends Scholarship with the Writing Barn and a mentorship with Carolinas SCBWI's Revision Quest for my middle grade. 

I love every style of children's writing. Each one brings both it's joys and challenges, and each one dares me to entertain, connect, and feel. 

I am also the wife to a much less dramatic husband. The mother to two high engery, talkative kids. And dog mother to an adorable perma-pup beagle. 

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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