About Amanda

A picture of Amanda Shofner

literary adventureramanda-reading-in-grass-500

I’ve had my nose in a book for as long as I can remember. From getting in trouble for reading too much as a kid to now keeping pace at about 100 books a year, little makes me happier than escaping into a story. After reading too many books to count, I found myself on the other side of the page, writing my own stories.

coffee drinker

I don’t function without coffee—even if it’s occasionally decaf.

word nerd

With a Master’s in English, I eat grammar mistakes and typos for breakfast. (Just kidding. I eat eggs.) I’ve also taught grammar and writing to English as a second language students, and take intense joy in defending passive voice and being the opposite of a grammar purist. If you pun me, I will love you forever. Seriously. My biz name is The Path of Least Revision.

curious creature

I have an insatiable desire to learn as much as I can about everything, which is why I’m a chronic eavesdropper and information collector. Out-of-context conversations from bicyclists on the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway are the best. My Google search history isn’t for the faint of heart, and you certainly don’t want to see which books I have on my Kindle.

proud Minnesotan

You bet! Born and raised in the Twin Cities metro area, you can now find me exploring Minneapolis in search of writing inspiration, riding the light rail for my next great food adventure, or investigating the city with my dog Scarlet (who has her own Instagram account).

self-published author

In addition to publishing several of my own works (an urban fantasy duology and upcoming romantic suspense series), I have a strong connection to the self-publishing community, and I am dedicated to helping independent authors—like you!—launch their best work.

get more Amanda

Every month, I send out an email packed full of my writing progress, what I’m reading, a Scarlet picture, and if you’re lucky (and I’m productive), information about my latest release. All you’ve got to do is enter your first name—if you like—and your email address below. You’ll even get a Scarlet picture as a thank you.

I won’t spam you (both kinds of spam are gross), and the only person who will ever see your email address besides me is Scarlet, and last time I checked, she doesn’t know how to use a computer.