Born and raised in the seaside/country town of Geraldton, Western Australia, Amanda hails from fishing and farming stock. The youngest of four children, her three brothers raised her on a diet of Rocky, Rambo, Muhammad Ali and AC/DC. Naturally, she grew up somewhat of a tomboy, preferring to watch action/sci-fi films and liking her music rock hard. But that said, she can still swoon with the best of them.
She moved to Perth (Western Australia) to pursue her dreams and study film & television/creative writing at Murdoch University, earning her a BA in Communication Studies. Perth has been her home ever since, aside from a nineteen-month stint in London (England) where she dabbled in Film & TV ‘Extra’ work.
Her third novel ‘Aurora: Meridian’ was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
Six books are currently available worldwide in the Aurora series. Amanda has also been working on other science fiction and thriller novels as well as film and TV screenplays.