Amanda Cockrell is a native of California, the daughter of a screenwriter and a novelist. She holds a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Hollins College and is currently managing editor of Hollins University’s literary journal, The Hollins Critic, and director of the University’s graduate program in children’s literature. She also teaches creative writing and children’s literature in the university’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and Creative Writing MFA program. She has received fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and in the past has also been a newspaper reporter and a copywriter for an ad agency and a rock radio station.
Her newest book is the young adult novel What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay. She is also the author of Pomegranate Seed, a novel set in a fictional version of her California home town; as well as The Deer Dancers and The Horse Catchers trilogies, mythological novels of the American Southwest; The Legions of the Mist, a novel of Roman Britain; and The Moonshine Blade, a comic thriller set in southwestern Virginia.