Amanda is a historical fiction writer and registered nurse. Her debut novel, Between Earth and Sky, was the winner of the American Library Association’s RUSA Reading List for Best Historical Fiction Novel of the Year, a Publisher’s Marketplace Buzz Books selection, and a Once Upon a Book Club Book of the month. Historical Novels Review praises The Undertaker’s Assistant noting, “Our immersion in that world—from the particulars of baking marble cake to the grisly minutiae of embalming corpses to the messy and violent politics of the Reconstruction South—is so complete that the reader never doubts it once existed.”
Skenendore grew up in the mountains of Colorado and sang and danced her way through 68 cities on both sides of the Atlantic with the service organization Up with People before starting college. Her love of historical fiction started early with the stories of Kenneth Thomasma, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. When she’s not writing, Amanda works as an infection prevention nurse. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their pet turtle Lenore.