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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

Ruby Reprise: PITCHING 101

It’s that time of year again — when our attention turns to preparing for the upcoming RWA National Conference! In just a few short weeks, writers from across the country (and from other countries, too!) will be converging on the Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk in downtown historic San Antonio. I’m a little bummed I won’t be […]

First Timer at BEA

A week ago today I was in NYC at the 2014 BookExpo America. Wow — what an experience! It was…in a word…exhausting. I’m no shrinking violet, but I have to say that I’m glad I was only there for one pre-day and one day. Anything more would have just been too much. But it was […]

Juvenilia

Today I’m taking a lighthearted approach and talking about juvenilia. No, I’m not talking about creepers who like young kids. Get your mind out of the gutter. That’s pedophilia. “Juvenilia” is the term used to described an author’s earliest works, usually from when he or she was still a kid. This is a topic that’s […]

Writing Lessons from Medieval Times: Willing Suspension of Disbelief

I recently took the kiddos on an adventure to the 11th century. We dined with nobles and kings, feasting on “baby dragon” (chicken) and other sumptuous treats, while watching knights demonstrate their swordsmanship and feats of bravery. We cheered on the Red and Yellow Knight, booed his foes, and were sad when he didn’t win. […]

Guest Post: Comedienne and NBC writer Kerri-Anne Lavin on “Laughing all the Way to the Bank: Turning Yuks into Bucks”

I’m super-duper excited to host one of my high school friends today. I knew Kerri-Anne Lavin way back when she and I were Sparta Spartans (Spirit Fingers!) and we share many a crazy story from cheer camp. She was also always the lead in the high school musical, while I would do choreography. Fast-forward to today, and Kerri-Anne is […]

“Heathers” 25th anniversary…or why I write YA

Dear diary, my teen angst bullshit now has a bodycount. Those immortal words were like (what’s the opposite of Kryptonite?) to me. I wasn’t quite 12 when Winona Ryder’s Veronica Sawyer uttered them, although I was probably at least 14 (or maybe even 15) when I first heard them. Still deep into my 90210 obsession, and […]

Golden Heart Finalists Tell All – 2014 edition

Six days from today, calls and emails will be going out to a select group of 2014 Golden Heart and RITA entrants that will change their lives. That sounds like a cliche, doesn’t it? Can one simple call really have that much impact? I finaled in 2008 (shoutout to the Pixie Chicks!) and again in […]

Debut Ruby Release: IN THE DARK by Sally Eggert

I’m sipping champagne and eating a pain au chocolat today in celebration of Ruby sister Sally Eggert’s debut release! I had the distinct pleasure of reading IN THE DARK, and let me tell you…it is fantastic. Romantic suspense fans are in for a treat. A woman drawn into a dangerous game. A man who may […]

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