Author Spotlight – Amanda Crum

Amanda, thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
I’m from a small town in Kentucky, U.S. and write mostly horror and speculative fiction/poetry. I’ve always had a love of dark things and I tend to explore the afterlife a lot in my writing.

Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
My second book of horror poetry, Tall Grass, made the shortlist for a Bram Stoker Award nomination and was also nominated for an Indie Horror Book Award. My short fiction has been published in Dream Noir, The Hellebore, and Eastern Iowa Review, among others. In 2022, my middle-grade novel Where Wild Beasts Grow will be published by Fitzroy Books.

This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
2020 has been a strange year for me creatively. I tend to have a hard time writing when my anxiety is amped up, but since March I’ve experienced the exact opposite, and I’ve written quite a bit – including two novels.

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Thanks, Amanda, for talking with us. Two novels. Amazing work.

Amanda’s story “To Leaven His Bones” appears in Trickster’s Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.