Author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas and resides there still. Author of picture books, middle-grade chapter books, early readers, and young adult pieces. Additional work includes a graphic novel written specifically for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, Driving on the Right Side of the Road program (DRSR), titled What If . . . A Story of Shattered Lives, which was adapted into a reader’s theater. Amanda has earned multiple Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA), and is a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award winner, an NTBF award- winner, and was awarded a New Apple Literary Award. Amanda is the Chief Executive Officer at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. In addition to her regular duties, she assists authors with their work and shares her writing and publishing experience with others through school visits, conference, and writing workshops.
Her latest release, CAPTAIN FIN, was based on a contract to adapt a screenplay into a novel for the director, actor, and producer Kevin James O’Neill. She continues to speak and share her work with children and adults of all ages, conducts workshops, writes a blog, and contributes to an online magazine.
The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers, and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.
The NTBF, North Texas Book Festival, assists schools and public libraries with literacy programs in North Texas. Since its inception, it has awarded more than $45,000.00 in grants to deserving programs.