Amanda Ann was bread and buttered on Sewell, Longfellow, and Tolkein
If you ask her about her unconventional literary beginnings (her family started her on Kipling, and she had read The Jungle Book, Black Beauty, and The Song of Hiawatha before Kindergarten was over), she will tell you that she never knew other children weren’t reading the same things. Although, she will wryly admit she later understood why her classmates thought she was weird. She thought every home had the red leather-covered version of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and she sheepishly admits she rolled her eyes in the theater lobby at gatekeeping nerdlings who didn’t know the Red Book of Westmarch from the Quenta Silmarillion.
Always game for mischief, she loves a good RPG, tending toward characters with a healthy dose of snark.
Her favorite words to live by. . .
"Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on. "
- Terry Pratchett, Hogfather
"The aging process is not gradual or gentle. It rushes up, pushes you over and runs off laughing. No one should grow old who isn't ready to appear ridiculous."
- John Mortimer, The Summer of a Dormouse
"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
- John Rogers