|Amanda grew up wanting to be an artist, an author, a chef and a hairdresser. Writing and illustrating home-made books as a youngster soon gave way to more serious art forms, and on leaving school she began an art and design course. Well, reality bites and dreams of making a serious living from slapping oils on canvas were replaced with a passion for colour of another kind when slapping hair tint on clients took over the next sixteen years. Between doing haircuts and colours, she also owned a SCUBA diving business with her husband and has dived much of Australia’s sublime East Coast waters.
These days Amanda, who has not moved far from her home town on the Mornington Peninsula, shares her renovator’s nightmare with a husband, three young sons and two Weimaraner dogs. Her love for making books reignited a few years ago when she became a qualified book-binder, although these days she spends far more time writing stories than binding books.
Amanda was the winner of the 2009 Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Award for her short story, ‘Persia Bloom’. The tale of a hairdresser with a highly developed sense of empathy, Persia also finds a way of feeding her own strange addiction whilst finding justice for an elderly client.
A member of Sisters in Crime, The Bittern Writers Group and Clan Destine, Amanda loves all things quirky, strange and supernatural. An obsessive reader of anything to do with vampires, ghosts or ghouls, she particularly loves Young Adult urban fantasy. Her novel in progress, Morgan’s Dust tells the story of two teenage best friends, Morgan and Ivy, who become separated by death... or do they?
You can read Amanda's blog here: http://www.clandestine-books.com.au/wranglingwords