Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
— Oliver Sacks

Amanda loves the 80's, likes to read, write, procrastinate fiction writing by reading fiction, trail run, bird watch, feed birds, marathon episodes of competitive cooking shows or rewatch Guardians of the Galaxy for the umpteenth time, and perfect her pastry crust technique through trial and error (i.e., eating lots of pie - someone has to do it). With two dogs and one cat, she has surrendered in the war against pet hair on the carpet, and is happier for it. She watched The Little Mermaid 32 times in a row when it released to VHS, and sometimes yells "Rufio" at sporting events. Amanda graduated from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Book Project. Her mentor in fiction writing was Erika Krouse.

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • The Netherlands
  • Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Ft. Hood & Austin, Texas
  • Dekalb, Illinois
  • Izmir, Turkey
  • Ft. Huachuca, Arizona
  • Little Rock & Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Washington, DC
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Málaga, Spain
  • Denver, Colorado
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
— Terry Pratchett
Portrait photography: The Nolans

Portrait photography: The Nolans


Amanda Boldenow is a writer living in Colorado, with her husband and daughter. She attended the George Washington University and the University of Arkansas. She received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Teaching. She taught high school literature and writing before moving into non-profit development and web content management. Throughout her career, she has worked as a freelance writer. She's editing her first novel and writing her second.

Watching semipalmated sandpiper shorebirds on the Pacific coast.

Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
— Loren Eisley

Amanda grew up an army brat, traveling the world with her parents. She serendipitously has a wonderful family, step-family, husband, lady friends, pets, and a mother keeping tabs on her from the place where beautiful souls go after life. Her love of travel, history, good books, good food, and good times have shaped her philosophy on living: savor everything. Learn more than you want here.