It’s my Author-Agent 5th Anniversary!

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

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Maid of Murder is an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Exciting news! I’m so thrilled to announce Maid of Murder is a 2010 Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. I’m so grateful to everyone who nominated the book. This nomination is beyond anything I ever hoped for as an author. It is a wonderful honor, and I’ve been grinning ear-to-ear since I heard the news.

I’m so happy to share this nomination with four very talented debut mystery authors.

My fellow nominees are:

Avery Aames

Laura Alden

Sasscer Hill

Alan Orloff

If you are attending the Malice Domestic Convention, please stop by and say hello.

I’m looking forward to meeting you at Malice!

THANK YOU!