About The Author
I’m Amanda Pillar, and my latest story, Ashes, was published in 2017, in the USA Today Bestselling collection, Venom and Vampires. The other books in the Graced series are Graced, Captive, Bitten, and Survivor. I have also recently launched the Heaven's Heart and Moonlit Hills series. I am an editor and archaeologist, and in my free time, I love doing arts and crafts, and am well-known among friends as a crazy cat lady!
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Becoming a writer
I was one of those decisive children. At age four, I had already declared to all that I was going to be an archaeologist when I grew up. Never mind that I thought archaeologists were actually palaeontologists, but no one corrected me, and so I continued in my mistaken declaration. (Dinosaurs are still cool, though.)
It was only when I was around ten or eleven that I worked out dinosaurs weren't for me, and that studying the mystery of ancient civilisations was. But it was also around then that I became passionate about books.
But I didn't start writing until I was around the ripe old of thirteen, after my favourite teacher told me the unforgettable line, 'A book starts with a single sentence'. Fuelled in the mistaken belief that I could write, and that a single sentence would be easy, I set out on my first book.
It was absolutely terrible.
But that didn’t matter, because I wrote another book, and then another. After a few years, I then swapped to short story writing, and got a taste of what being a ‘real’ author was like. It was through my short fiction that I became involved in editing, and the rest, shall we say, is history.