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Amanda grew up in Bradford, Arkansas, a tiny hamlet nestled between the flat mosquito-infested bottomland of the delta and the rocky foothills of the Ozarks, an area steeped in folklore. Those old legends and an innate fascination for the strange and unusual helped cultivate a vivid imagination.

Amanda considers storytelling a part of her heritage. "Someone once said the South is home to people who love to talk. This is especially true of the rural South where I grew up." Her high school literature classes provided an early influence where she was drawn to the darker stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe, but it was the southern gothic that truly inspired her. The strong sense of place--dusty back roads and moonlit bayous, simmering secrets and fragrant, sweltering heat--provided a powerful backdrop to the despair and desperation of the wayward souls that peopled classic southern literature. Amanda uses those same elements in her thrillers, which can best be described as "creepy, southern suspense."

Before she became a full-time writer, Amanda worked for the United States government and was issued a security clearance at the age of twenty-two. She has also worked in the oil and energy field, has a passion for alternative eighties music and is a self-proclaimed conspiracy theory nut.
 

Genres: Romantic Suspense, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
September 2024

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The Killer Next Door
 
Series
Kingsley Baby
   1. The Hero's Son (1998)
   2. The Brother's Wife (1998)
   3. The Long-lost Heir (1998)
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Gallagher Justice
   1. The Littlest Witness (2000)
   2. Secret Admirer (2000)
   3. Forbidden Lover (2000)
   4. Gallagher Justice (2003)
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Eden's Children
   1. The Innocent (2001)
   2. The Tempted (2001)
   3. The Forgiven (2001)
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Quantum Men
   1. His Mysterious Ways (2003)
   2. Silent Storm (2004)
   3. Secret Passage (2004)
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Graveyard Queen
   1. The Restorer (2011)
   2. The Kingdom (2012)
   3. The Prophet (2012)
   4. The Abandoned (2011)
   5. The Visitor (2016)
   6. The Sinner (2016)
   7. The Awakening (2017)
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Twilight's Children
   1. Criminal Behavior (2019)

     aka Criminal Behaviour

   2. Incriminating Evidence (2019)
   3. Killer Investigation (2019)
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Echo Lake
   1. Without a Trace (2020)
   2. A Desperate Search (2020)
   3. Someone is Watching (2020)
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Procedural Crime Story
   1. Little Girl Gone (2021)
   2. John Doe Cold Case (2022)
   3. Looks That Kill (2022)
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Novels
   Killing Moon (1986)
   The Dreaming (1987)
   Love Is a Stranger (1991)
   Obsessed! (1993)
   Angels Don't Cry (1993)
   Fade to Black (1994)
   Dark Obsession (1994)
   A Baby's Cry (1996)
   Her Secret Past (1999)
   Confessions of the Heart (2003)
   The Dollmaker (2007)
   The Devil's Footprints (2008)
   The Whispering Room (2009)
   Showdown in West Texas (2009)
   Pine Lake (2017)
   Bishop's Rock (2017)
   Whispering Springs (2017)
   Digging Deeper (2023)
   The Secret of Shutter Lake (2023)
   The Killer Next Door (2024)
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Non fiction show
 
Omnibus editions show
 
Amanda Stevens recommends
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Cold Waters (2019)
(Normal, Alabama, book 1)
Debbie Herbert
"A southern gothic mystery dripping with atmosphere. Cold Waters will leave you breathless."
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Tall, Dark & Reckless (2012)
Heather MacAllister
"Smart, witty and fun... no one does it better than Heather MacAllister."
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Children of the Fog (2011)
Cheryl Kaye Tardif
"A nightmarish thriller with a ghastly twist, Children of the Fog will keep you awake... and turning pages."

Anthologies containing stories by Amanda Stevens
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Dead Ends (2017)
Stories from the Gothic South
edited by
J T Ellison

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