Amanda found a box stuffed with note books, scraps of paper, old menus, bits torn out of magazines and crumpled serviettes covered with her scribbles, observations, characters, plots and stories. That’s when she realised she was passionate about storytelling and needed to share her characters and their stories with the world.
So far being an actress has been Amanda’s favourite career, she hopes that writing stories for children will be her next new favourite career.
A Little More About Amanda
I was born in Johannesburg, studied Drama in Durban and accidentally ended up living in Cape Town (after house sitting a friend’s mother’s house.) For my 21st birthday I received a flight to London and my love of travel was born. I’ve lived in Edinburgh and Italy, but now call Sydney, Australia home.
My favourite colour
My favourite quote is…
‘A day without laughter is a day wasted ’ Charlie Chaplin said that.
I like to adjust it to daily living….
A day without mess is a day wasted,
A day without reading is a day wasted,
A day without paint is a day wasted,
A day without being in nature is a day wasted…..you get the idea.
Why do I want to be a published author?
I love books and stories and I want others to experience the same excitement I feel when reading. I look forward to that moment when my manuscripts become books and my characters and their stories come to life in someone else’s world and imagination.
Tips for others wanting to start writing picture books?
Join a supportive group, Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a must! When you join, it’s like instantly gaining an incredible network of friends.
I’ve also joined Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and Creative Kids Tales (CKT).
I have learnt so much about the Kidlit world. I’ve attended events, talks, had manuscript assessments, joined writing and critique groups. I’ve grown and learnt so much and loved every moment of this journey. The amazing talented people I have met have become wonderful and encouraging friends.