Amanda received her Creative Writing degree from USC, learning her craft at the feet of David St. John, Aimee Bender and Carol Muske-Dukes. While at USC, she received the Middleton Creative Writing Fellowship for excellence in poetry. For seven years she honed her writing craft as a video game journalist. In 2014 Amanda left the world of blogging behind to focus on her first love, fiction. Her debut fantasy novel Shadow of the Owl will be available late 2015.