Amanda is an award-winning versatile writer who enjoys working across different genres and creative formats, be it novels, short stories or screenplays. Her work will soon be translated into six languages.
Born in the country town of Geraldton (Western Australia), she moved to Perth (Western Australia) to 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.
Amanda was shortlisted for the Western Australian Writer’s Fellowship as part of the 2020 Premier’s Book Awards. She is also a proud Ambassador for Australia Reads.
Original Novels, Novellas and Short Stories
Amanda is a two-time Tin Duck Award winner, an Aurealis and Ditmar finalist, and author of several novels. Her works include the best-selling military SF/space opera Aurora series (previously published by Momentum Books/Pan Macmillan Australia), alien contact drama The Time Of The Stripes, and new novella trilogy – the Spud Compton series.
Her sci-fi crime thriller Salvation series, consisting of The Subjugate and The Sensation (published by Angry Robot Books, UK), is being developed for TV by Anonymous Content (True Detective, Mr Robot, The Alienist) and Aquarius Films (Lion, Berlin Syndrome, Dirt Music).
The Subjugate is also currently being studied at two German universities (Düsseldorf and Cologne) as part of a program on Australian speculative fiction, in conjunction with the Centre for Australian Studies.
She has a new short story, ROGUE T.R.A.I.N., being published soon in the SNAFU: Punk’d anthology (published by Cohesion Press).
Amanda’s micro short story The Great Preservation can be found on Short Édition’s Short Story Dispenser around the globe.
Tie-in Novels and Short Stories
Amanda wrote the Scribe Award winning procedural thriller, Pandemic: Patient Zero, which was the first novel set in the Pandemic board game universe (published by Aconyte Books, UK).
Her novel, Sound of Light, set in the Marvel X-Men universe (published by Aconyte Books, UK), has been embraced by Dazzler fans around the globe.
Her X-Men short story, Eye Of The Storm, appears in the Marvel: School of X anthology (published by Aconyte Books, UK).
Her Scribe Award winning short story ‘Reconsecration’ set in the Warhammer 40K universe, appears in the anthology Inferno! Presents: The Emperor’s Finest (published by Black Library/Games Workshop, UK).
Amanda was selected for the 2022 First Break WA program supported by the Australian Writers Guild, Screenwest and Final Draft, which led to her gaining TV writers’ room experience. She was also selected by Screenwest to attend MIFF Post Script and Direct (2023).
She was a finalist in the AACTA Regional Landscapes in Partnership with Screenworks Pitch (2020) and the Universal AU/Screenwest Pitch competition (2019) for her feature film The Artisan (comedy/drama).
She is currently working on a suite of screenplays across a variety of genres in both film and television.
When she’s not working, she enjoys watching films/tv, reading novels and comics, and shaking her booty to rock ‘n’ roll.