Amanda often hikes a wild and crooked road, where she is always searching for ways to explore her concept of "Animanity" or "the state of being animal." After many years as a professional zookeeper, she returned to school to finish her master’s degree in art. She is a firm believer that as human animals, we have much more in common with the other animals on this planet than we might realize. A graduate of Goddard, she now runs her own pet sitting business by day and creates interdisciplinary art by night. No longer paid to feed lions, tigers, or bears, she often writes about them instead. Not only does she make up characters and create them fantastical worlds, primarily in the young adult, paranormal and science fiction genres, but she also creates images about her stories using multiple media. Because, every work of art has a story, and every story is an inspiration. Amanda was recently commissioned to paint for the Mara Conservancy painting giraffes for giraffes. Her work is being auctioned off to raise money for protecting the animals of the Masai Mara from poaching. When not painting or hiking with the community dogs, Amanda has published multiple works of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and environmental writing.
Always searching for ways to bring creative writing, visual arts, and environmental studies together, Amanda is extremely proud to be a part of establishing The Ravens Crossing (TRC), an online transmedia experience for readers. She is a co-author, editor, and co-creator for TRC.