I am a freelance writer, poet, and author. I live in Co. Meath, Ireland with my husband and two children. I am known locally by my married name, Donnelly, but I write under my maiden name of Evans. My writing was published in several magazines and journals in 2016. I am also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. When I’m not writing for work clients, I am usually reading the latest novels from some of the amazing indie authors out there, or sharing snippets from my latest manuscripts with my husband and children.
I’ve always loved writing. My passion began at a very young age and I wrote my first book at the age of 9. Writing my first full-length novella, Finding Forever, was my first step into the fiction publishing world and while I was nervous, I was also very excited. This has been my dream for so long and to finally have the courage to pen stories and publish them is something I always wanted to do.
Finding Forever began as a prompt from my writers’ group. Our prompt was “pirates” and I wrote the first 1,000 words ending where Liz finds herself on the pirate ship. It sat idle on my laptop for almost a year before I picked it up again. I was doing a page a day challenge and decided that for the month I would work on finishing some of the pieces in my “to be completed” file on my computer. Little did I know when I picked up my pen to work on this that it would turn into a novella. The twists and turns that Finding Forever takes were a total surprise to me. I hadn’t planned the story. I never dreamed it would be any more than a short story. The moment when I wrote about cameras, I knew something wonderful was about to happen. When I write, I allow the characters to tell me their story. I don’t plan things out. I just let the story tell itself. I was so pleased with the initial beta reader response to this story which encouraged me to publish. In July 2017, I discovered that Finding Forever had made the list of 98 Best Books of 2017 according to Goodreads users and it was also nominated for a 2017 Summer Indie Book Award.
My second novel, Save Her Soul, began in the same way. I had finished writing Finding Forever and just picked up my pen and started writing something new. This is an urban fantasy/paranormal novel, that also contains romance. I really enjoyed getting to know my characters. My main character, Kate, is stubborn and very feisty and I’m sure you’ll love her as much as I do. This book was released on the 1st of August and feedback has been amazing.
I have also secured a two-book publishing deal with Handersen Publishing. A children’s book publisher based in Nebraska. The first of these books is due out in late 2017, and is a collection of spooky stories. The second book is a middle grade novel, that I am currently working on.
If you’d like to keep up to date with what I’m working on, you can find more information on my website: http://www.amandajevans.com and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandajevanswriter.
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