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Amanda Hocking is an incredibly successful writer of young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Hocking, author of the USA Today bestselling Trylle Trilogy and My Blood Approves series, gained prominence shortly after she began self-publishing in 2010, selling her novels as low priced (99 cents to $2.99) eBooks. Since then, she’s become the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age, having sold over one million copies of her novels.
She currently resides in Minnesota.
Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for film by Media Capital Rights with Academy Award Nominee Terri Tatchell (District 9) adapting the screenplay.
St. Martin’s Press will publish her new 4-book “Watersong” series beginning in August 2012.
Some of Amanda’s favorite authors include Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, Kurt Vonnegut, and J.D. Salinger; although these authors have influenced her writing, she claims she does not write anything like them.
Amanda’s quirky and open personality, along with her addictive writing, has gained her a fairly large fan community, and she stays in contact with fans through regular blog posts and her Twitter feed.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Amanda worked in group homes for people with disabilities for five and a half years writing in her spare time. That all changed in 2010, when sales of her books began to take off, and she has been a full time writer ever since.
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