Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was born in Silver Springs, Maryland on April 16th, 1984. On that day in 1998, she turned 14 and was just sitting down to open presents when her agent called: Bantam Doubleday-Dell wanted to publish her! On May 11th, 1999, her novel, under the title In the Forests of the Night, took teens by storm! The sequel, Demon in My View, followed the next spring, and secured Amelia’s place as a favorite author among teen readers and vampire lovers everywhere.
In her early writing years, Amelia was dubbed the teen writer likely to oust current vampire queen Anne Rice from her throne. It all started in 1997 when the Concord, Massachusetts native was 13 and in 8th grade. She finished writing a teen vampire novel she called Red Wine (though this was by far her only story) about a 300-year-old vampiress seeking revenge for her brother’s death.
Amelia spent New Year’s Eve that year with her mother at the post office sending out letters to agents. Those letters would return to her, rejected.
By chance, when she was touring the high school with her class, a friend bragged to an English teacher, Tom Hart, about Amelia’s work and that she was trying to get publish. The teacher had known her sister and, since he was a literary agent on the side, offered to read Amelia’s book to give her some advice. Later that month, Hart offered to represent her.
Amelia has continued to publish a new horror or fantasy novel almost every year since her debut. From 1999 through 2002, Amelia published vampire novels that would later be called “The Den of Shadows” series.
In 2003, Amelia took a break from the vampires and published Hawksong, the first of a five book series about shapeshifters, “The Kiesha’ra Series”. The series follows two generations of serpent and bird shapeshifters as they struggle to end a thousand years’ war, and later end the racial hatred left in its wake.
Amelia is engaged to her partner, Mandi McCrensky. The couple met in December 2006, while attending the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and became engaged in February 26, 2009. They have planned a July 4th wedding for 2010! To read more about Amelia and Mandi, visit their Wedding Blog!
JUNE 27, 2011 UPDATE:
Amelia and her wife purchased their first home in May 2010, a few towns from her hometown of Concord. The Haven wishes the new young couple and homeowners well!
Mrs. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Mrs. Mandi McCrensky were married in a small ceremony on July 4th, 2010 at Amelia’s family home in Sudbury. The celebration included Jewish traditions (Amelia converted to Judaism for her wife) such as holding the ceremony under a Chuppah or wedding canopy, symbolizing the new home being built by the couple. The Chuppah was extra special, as Amelia sewed it herself!
Amelia is now teaching Special Education courses at Concord-Carlisle High School, from where she graduated in 2002. In June 2011, Amelia was recognized by The Concord-Carlisle Teachers Association as an alums who had “outstanding accomplishments.” An article on Wicked Local: Concord said, “Almost a million and a half copies of her titles have been sold worldwide so far, and she’s won numerous awards, including the School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year. Atwater-Rhodes has also found time to earn two college degrees, and currently teaches at CCHS.”
Amelia is the author of:
“The Den of Shadows” series:
In the Forests of the Night (May 1999)
Demon In My View (May 9, 2000)
Shattered Mirror (October 11, 2001)
Midnight Predator (May 14, 2002)
Persistence of Memory (December 9, 2008)
Token of Darkness (February 9, 2010)
All Just Glass (January 11, 2011)
Poison Tree (forthcoming 2012)
Promises to Keep (forthcoming 2013)
“The Kiesha’ra” series:
Hakwsong (July 8, 2003)
Snakecharm (September 28, 2004)
Falcondance (September 13, 2005)
Wolfcry (September 12, 2006)
Wyvernhail (September 11th, 2007)
She also has contributed the short story “Empire of Dirt” to the collection “666: The Number of the Beast” (September 1, 2007). Her series novels have been collected in “The Den of Shadows Quartet” (August 11, 2009; the first four novels) and “The Kiesha’ra Omnibus” (January 12, 2010).
(All info current as of July 11, 2011)
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