Amelia Atwater-Rhodes : biography
Amelia Holt Atwater-Rhodes (born April 16, 1984), known professionally as Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, is an American author of fantasy and young adult literature.
She was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, and lived most of her life in Concord, Massachusetts. Her debut novel, In the Forests of the Night, was published in 1999, Published February 25, 2000. when she was just fourteen years old. By Charles Taylor. Published on July 16, 1999. She has published a new young adult novel every subsequent year since her first and has moved from her family’s Sudbury home to a nearby Massachusetts town. By David Mehegan of the The Boston Globe.
Atwater-Rhodes attended University of Massachusetts Amherst and later graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a double-major in English and psychology. She attended Northwestern University for her MAT.
On February 26 and 27, 2009, Post of February 26, 2009. she announced on her blog that she was engaged to her partner, Mandi McCrensky, of two years. Post of February 27, 2009. The two were married on July 4, 2010. Atwater-Rhodes has purportedly converted to judaism in respect to her wife’s religion. http://aarhaven.wordpress.com/amelia/#comments
2014-2016: The Maeve’ra Trilogy
In February 2012 Atwater-Rhodes announced on her official forum that she had set a contract with Random House to publish a new series called The Maeve’ra Trilogy between 2014 and 2016. The titles were also announced in the same post.
2008-Present: Return to Den of Shadows
After completing The Kiesha’ra Series, Atwater-Rhodes released her tenth novel, Persistence of Memory on December 9, 2008. She later revealed that her first four novels and Persistence of Memory are part of the Den of Shadows. To mark this, her first four novels, In the Forests of the Night, Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror and Midnight Predator respectively, were re-issued with new cover art for the Den of Shadows and the same four novels were released in an omnibus called The Den of Shadows Quartet on August 11, 2009.
Taking a year off Atwater-Rhodes released her eleventh novel in February 2010 entitled Token of Darkness and it became the sixth novel in the Den of Shadows. She released the sequel to her 2001 novel, Shattered Mirror entitled All Just Glass in January 2011. The novel place twenty-four hours after the events in Shattered Mirror.
On July 10, 2012 she released her thirteenth novel entitled Poison Tree. Atwater-Rhodes revealed on her official website that her fourteenth novel, Promises to Keep which was released on March 12, 2013.
2003-2007: The Kiesha’ra Series
In 2003, Atwater-Rhodes, who so far had published novels about vampires, took a change of course and began a series of books based on a world of shapeshifters that Atwater-Rhodes would call, The Kiesha’ra Series. All the novels in the series are told in first-person narrative, a feat she had not done since her first novel. The first volume in the set of novels that was released in July 2003, Hawksong. Despite the change in the subject topic the book was just as successful as her previous novels being made an ALA Quick Pick, it also won the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and was selected by Voice of Youth Advocates for their "Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror". Hawksong tells the story of a young woman named Danica Shardae, who is a princess and hawk shapeshifter of the Avian court, who also narrates the story. She tells of how all she has known all her life is war and all that she wants is to put an end to it.
The second novel in The Kiesha’ra Series, Snakecharm was released in September 2004. The novel is told by Danica’s husband, Zane Cobriana, and continues where Hawksong left off. The third novel in the series, Falcondance was released in September 2005 and is told by Nicias Silvermead. The story takes place nineteen years after the events of Snakecharm.