Amanda grew up under the huge blue sky of Albuquerque, NM. She studied government and languages at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, about 45 miles from the US-Mexico border. Then she got her master’s degree in human rights at the University of Essex in England and spent some time working at a conflict resolution research center in Northern Ireland. After all that rain, she came back to the New Mexico desert, where she now buy books for a public library system. Her writing journey began when she said (for the thousandth time), “I wish I could write a book,” and a friend said, “just do it already!” She wrote a novel, queried, got rejected. Lather, rinse, repeat, four more times. Then she entered and was selected for one of the best writing contests on the planet: Pitch Wars. After eight weeks of working with a brilliant mentor who whipped her manuscript into shape, she signed with her agent. Shortly after that, she sold her debut novel.
- Carlos Eduardo Ortiz
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