Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides there still. She’s the award-winning author of YA, General Fiction, MG, Early Reader Chapter, and Picture books. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA), earning the award in multiple categories, including YA, General Fiction, and Early Reader Chapter Books. She is a two-time Gold Medal winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book awards, a New Apple Literary Award winner, and an NTBF award winner. Awards.
Amanda founded and is the CEO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, an independent publisher. She shares her writing and publishing experience with others through school visits, book signings, trade conferences, and workshops for aspiring writers of all ages.
Amanda was contracted to write a graphic novel for the Driving on the Right Side of the Road Program. The publication is part of the Driving on the Right Side of the Road (DRSR) program, developed by the Law-Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas Law Focused Education, Inc., and the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center with funding from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Texas Department of Transportation. The program’s purpose is to offer a preventive educational program to encourage responsible decision-making when it comes to obeying traffic laws and following safe practices.
The graphic novel titled What If … A Story of Shattered Lives was adapted into a reader’s theater for as few as five speakers or as many as twenty-six and remains part of the DRSR program.
CAPTAIN FIN was based on a screenplay by Kevin James O’Neill. Amanda was contracted to adapt the screenplay into a novel for Kevin. Kevin is a director, actor, and producer. CAPTAIN FIN the novel won a Readers’ Favorite International Gold Book Award and was the Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards®.