Amanda was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel. During the summer after second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library, much to the surprise of the local librarian. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped.
She has a husband who fights crime, one dog who thinks he’s a real boy, and another who might be a fruit bat in disguise. She recently added a tiny human to the mix who is following in her mother’s footsteps of storytelling.
Amanda is the author of the Diaries of an Urban Panther series and the Merci Lanard Files (coming Jan 2020). She is represented by Kimberly Brower of Brower Literary Management.
Along with her BA in English & Psychology and her MA in Education, Amanda is a graduate of the SMU The Writer’s Path and taught other aspiring authors for six years in the program. She has delivered lectures at several writer conferences and loves discussing craft, character, and structure.
When not writing, Amanda often dreams of opening an evil bakery and sell despicable desserts.
Amanda is adopted and loves to share that story with others to promote adoption.
Amanda has a collection of turtle figurines that she collects on her travels.
Amanda has a strange love of cheesy horror movies.
Amanda is a really good bowler and completely rocks at croquet.