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All About Amanda

Amanda Brice is an intellectual property attorney living just outside of the nation's capitol. A lawyer in DC? No, there are none of those.

Ever since she was little, Amanda loved to write, but some of her earliest endeavors were less than spectacular. After lots of revision, "Nancy Flew and the Mystery of the Lady Ghost" was critically acclaimed by the strictest of literary critics, her 4th grade teacher. Amanda dreamed of becoming either a ballerina or an author, but her father convinced her to "do something practical," so she eventually went to law school and spent her time writing briefs and pleadings instead of fiction.

Still, the urge for creativity nagged at her, until one day, while she was working on an advanced law specialization degree in intellectual property, she decided that writing chick lit was much more fun than her paper on the patentability of indigenous medicinal methods. So she wrote the first 80 pages of her first novel instead, and begged her professor for an extension on the law paper. From that moment on, she was hooked and has been splitting her time between writing and practicing law ever since.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys dancing, reading, cooking, traveling, and obsessing over whether Duke will beat Carolina in basketball. Go Devils!

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Amanda's Fun Facts

Hometown:
Alexandria, VA

Age:
33

GH Year(s)
2008, 2009

Genre(s):
Mystery, YA, Chick Lit

Started Writing:
6, but took a hiatus after high school until age 28

Day Job:
Attorney

Blog Posts from Amanda

Guest post: Jenn McRobbie

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Jenn McRobbie. A number of  years ago (exactly how many I won’t disclose, LOL), Jenn and I were in the same attorney entering class at the large federal government agency that I still work for. We quickly became friends during our 8 weeks of in-classroom training, and soon […]

Show & Tell Wednesday: Foreign Covers

Got foreign editions? The Rubies do! When I put out a call for foreign covers, I was struck by the diversity. Sometimes the publisher kept the same cover. Sometimes it was completely different. Sometimes the title was a literal translation from English, and sometimes it’s completely new. I hired translators for Spanish and Portuguese editions […]

SHOW AND TELL: Read My Lips!

Amanda Brice here. Today I’m stealing the “Show & Tell” feature away from Jeannie Lin to talk about a cool experience I had last week — lip print reading. I first heard Ariana Lightningstorm (Anna Snodgrass) on the radio a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t catch the whole interview — just the tail end of […]

Once a Month…Cooking?

I know what you’re thinking: “Amanda, this isn’t a recipe blog.” And although I do enjoy spending time in the kitchen, I freely admit that there are plenty of chefs, mommies, and lifestyle bloggers out there who are infinitely more qualified to write on this topic than I am. But this post is totally on […]

Winter Writing Festival Check In #3!

Gooooooooooood morning, WWF participants! Enjoy the big game last night? Or maybe just the commercials, at least? It’s that time again — Check-in Monday! It’s the day we get to ‘fess up. The day to spill our guts. The day to tell others how we did. It’s also the day to win prizes. Yes, I […]

Ruby Release: Cowboys for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time…of the year! No, I’m not talking about Christmas. Not yet. I still have two kids’ birthdays AND two kids’ birthday parties, plus Thanksgiving, before I can turn my attention to Ho-Ho-Ho and mistletoe. I’m talking about Holiday Book Season! The time of year when I curl up with anthologies from […]

The Teal Pumpkin Project

It’s the scariest time of year for my daughter, and for millions of kids just like her. I’m not talking about goblins, witches, and ghosts, although that is pretty spooky. Actually, what I’m talking about is even more terrifying — candy. WHAT?? How can candy be anything other than delicious, a treat clearly sent by […]

Are You An Affiliate?

Amanda Brice’s parents ended up surprising her by coming for a visit, so she didn’t get a chance to write the post she’d planned for today. So instead enjoy this reprise of a post from last year. About a month back, I gave you all permission to laugh at me. My offense back then was […]

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