Amanda Marrone grew up on Long Island where she spent her time reading, drawing, watching insects, and suffering from an over-active imagination. It didn’t help that her father told bloodcurdling stories, and would take Amanda and her siblings for moon lit walks in the graveyard—the highlight of which involved having them march up to mausoleums and knock on the doors—alone.
On more than one occasion, Amanda turned around to find they’d ditched her for laughs. (No, she didn’t find that particularly funny.)
Not surprisingly, she was extremely scared of the dark—living in fear of cats meowing at the door at night (she was sure they were really monsters pretending to be her cats), and things that might be lurking under beds or in basements, attics, dark rooms, and closets.
Amanda successfully avoided monster attacks by leaving all the lights on in her house, and convincing other family members to let the cats in—eventually earning a B.A. in Education at SUNY Cortland.
She taught fifth and sixth grade in New Hampshire, where she was known for directing musicals, and dissecting eyeballs and owl pellets with her students.
After taking time off from teaching to raise a family and write novels—some of which have vampires and other creepy creatures, Amanda now lives in Connecticut with her husband, Joe, two kids, two dogs, a cat, and tank of hissing cockroaches. She is a level 40 Pokemon Go player who loves to hike and rack up kilometers needed to hatch Pokemon eggs. Amanda is a frequent visitor to Broadway and also works in a special education classroom. Her dog, Griffin is very talented and learned to say 'hello'. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPBe32VmsZU