Amanda Stevens is the award-winning author of over fifty novels, including the modern gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. Her books have been described as eerie and atmospheric, “a new take on the classic ghost story.” Born and raised in the rural south, she now resides in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys binge-watching, bike riding and the occasional margarita.
As far back as I can remember, books have been everything to me. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder was a childhood favorite, but the story I remember best from my early days is The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton. A paranormal mystery wrapped in a transcendentalist riddle.
In high school, I devoured with equal relish Lois Duncan and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and from there, it was an easy transition into the gothic romances of Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney. In my early twenties, I read nothing but fantasy, particularly the works of Michael Moorcock. I still look back on his Eternal Champion series in utter astonishment. Next came my Stephen King phase and then my enthrallment with spy fiction.
During this time, I went through a string of day jobs—including tax examiner for the IRS—while pursuing an English major by night.
I wrote and sold my first book during my junior year at the University of Houston. Since then, I’ve gone on to sell over fifty novels in multiple genres including paranormal, thriller and romantic suspense. My current work in progress is The Sinner, the fifth novel in the modern Gothic series, The Graveyard Queen. The fourth book, The Visitor, will be published in 2015.