Arranging School Visits and presentations

Talking to 4th and 5th graders at Bel Aire School, Tiburon

Talking to 4th and 5th graders at Bel Aire School, Tiburon

I love talking to kids and adults about writing, how I become a writer and my love of reading. I particularly enjoy sharing the inspiration for The Lost Celt, Roman and Celtic history, the writing and editing process and other issues surrounding the book.

As a Children's Book Specialist at Book Passage, I do book talks to schools K-8 on a regular basis on favorite books of the season, latest trends or particular topics. I also speak to parents and special interest groups. I always enjoy sharing how my Book Passage INK Book Club (ages 8-12) plotted, wrote and published Dragon Mist, Dragon Fire and Dragon Island, our middle grade fantasy trilogy. We are now writing an entirely new series. The first book is called The Crystal Key.

In the library at Old Mill School, Mill Valley

In the library at Old Mill School, Mill Valley

I will gladly develop a program to suit your needs. If you are interested in scheduling a visit or event, or would like references prior to scheduling, please contact me at

Dragon Mist  launch

Dragon Mist launch

Talking at Sterne School San Francisco

Talking at Sterne School San Francisco

Thank you to Junia Ziblay, librarian at Marin Primary and Middle School in Larkspur for sending this lovely recommendation via her library list serve.

The Dragon Mist  Trilogy by INK

The Dragon Mist Trilogy by INK

Good morning!
I wanted to share with you an incredible author speaker, A. E. Conran. Her new
book The Lost Celt is a great 4-6th-ish grade story with everything from Celtic
mythology to war across the ages, from solving a Halloween mystery to fostering
empathy. Even better than the book is Amanda's wonderful presentation! As a
book talker for Book Passage's book fairs she has the experience to excite
young audiences, but it is her fascination with history and experiences in
Britain that truly bring her topic alive. If you need an amazing author
presentation, Amanda's passion is truly inspiring!
Please don't hesitate to let me know if you'd like more info. I cannot
recommend this author enough!!

A.E. Conran could well be a Rosemary Sutcliff for the present day. She brings
to life ancient myths whilst weaving in all the history in between. The Lost
Celt is a compelling read that exercises the imagination and fosters healing
between generations. Well drawn, believable characters avoid cliché as they
navigate the complexities of adolescence to discover a unique perspective on
the adult world. This is a book that has something for everyone and is not to
be missed!

Link to the book:
Happy reading,

Virtual Visits

If your book group or class has read The Lost Celt, I’d be delighted to arrange a free 15-minute Q & A session via Skype.

Amanda Reading

Please click the video below if you would like to hear me reading at the literary reading series Why There are Words in Sausalito, CA, on April 14. 2016.