I am thrilled to announce that through the Prose and Cons Giveback we raised $5,043 for the Landing Food Pantry in Akron, Ohio. 4,852 copies of the novel sold before 12.20.16, and as promised, I made a $1 donation to the Landing for every copy sold before that date. The additional $191 was made up from direct donations from the Learned Owl and Goodyear Heights Baptist Church. Thank you so much for purchasing the book and helping others.
It seems every year is a year of change, and that was certainly the case for me this year. However, 2016 was also an incredible year for my writing. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Mystery. I was one of the featured author at the 20th annual Ohioana Book Festival. I released four novels (Crime and Poetry; The Final Tap; Murder, Handcrafted, and Prose and Cons). Crime and Poetry was name one of the Best Cozy Mysteries of 2016 by Suspense Magazine. Crime and Poetry hit the Barnes and Nobel and Indiebound Bestsellers lists, and Prose and Cons hit the Barnes and Nobel Bestsellers list. Prose and Cons was my twentieth published book, a dream that would never have even occurred to me as a little girl who just wanted to see one book with her name on it in the library.
It’s been an incredible year because I have the support of incredible readers. I could never thank you enough.
Happy New Year! Wishing you all the very best in 2017!
In a tiny Christian elementary school in the middle of suburban Ohio, there was young girl who wanted to be an author. She had glasses and braces and was painfully shy, but she had a dream, a big dream. She told anyone and everyone that she was going to be an author some day and she was going to write mysteries like her heroes Sue Grafton and Elizabeth Peters. Despite her timidity, she never doubted her dream would come true. Even so, there were tears, rejections, and disappointments along the way. It took her nearly a decade to sell her first novel, and she was thirty by the time it released. But she never wavered in the pursuit of her dream.
That girl was me, and that dream was my dream.
There is one person responsible more than any other for making my big dream come true, and that’s my agent, Nicole Resciniti. She plucked my query out of the thousands she receives every year and kicked open doors so that I could sail on through.
In the time since Nicole and I have been working together, I’ve published sixteen mysteries with half a dozen publishers, been nominated for prestigious national awards, signed books all over the country, and hit the USA Today bestsellers list. In the last five years, my life has changed dramatically because she took a chance a me, a quirky mystery author from Ohio she didn’t know. Since then, I have had great professional triumph and great personal loss, and through it all, Nicole has been there not just as my agent but as my friend.
Thank you, Nicole, you are a dream maker, one of the kindest people on Earth, and my beloved friend. You and me, we are in this for the long haul.
You can read the entire story of how Nicole signed me in this 2012 post from Fresh Fiction.
Dream big! ❤ Amanda
Amanda Flower’s Spring Book Signing Schedule
NEO Sisters in Crime Death March
Cuyahoga County Public Library
March 12, 9:30am-5pm
Sisters in Crime Hollywood Conference
Ohioana Book Festival (Amanda is the featured author in fiction this year!)
April 23, 10am-4pm
Girlfriends Weekend with Shelley Shepard Gray & Vannetta Chapman
Booktalk & Signing
Ada Public Library
Hope to see you at one of these events this spring! And don’t forget to enter the CRIME AND POETRY countdown giveaway! Chance to win a $50 gift card from B&N or Amazon. Winners choice!
Would you like a signed bookmark from Agatha Award nominated & USA Today bestselling author Amanda Flower (i.e. ME) like the one pictured below? It’s easy! Just click on the photograph of the form and fill it out. Then, I will mail you a signed bookmark. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Last week, I was in Florida on a writing retreat. It was a great time spent on the west coast with writing friends. Lots of wonderful things happened while I was there: I started a new project, I spent time with my super agent/friend, and I saw a baby dolphin off the coast of Sanibel Island. But the most wonderful thing was a call from my an editor to tell me I was a national bestselling author since my Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries hit the Barnes and Noble bestseller’s list. I was completely shocked and overjoyed! I have my fabulous readers to thank for making this happens. Thank you! It’s something I never dared to dream of. You always encourage me to write more and dream bigger.
Of course, Dead Fred tagged along to the Sunshine State. Enjoy his photo journal!