Amanda L. Webster

Biography

Amanda L. Webster is an author and editor who lives and works in Central Illinois, USA. She obtained her Master of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Webster is the owner and editor of Elderfly Press, an independent publishing company located in McLean County, IL. When not writing and editing, she enjoys crocheting, hiking, camping, and spending time with her two sons and two cats.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a collection of essays that I edited titled, "As Good as a Feast: Essays on Enough." When I was a kid, I read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie Series so many times, I practically had it memorized. In these books, Ma Ingalls had a saying that has always stuck with me. Whenever the family was going through hard times, they would sit down to a meal of "just enough," and she would tell them, "Enough is as good as a feast." I wanted to explore this topic through the eyes of people with a variety of viewpoints. I enjoyed collecting these essays and look forward to editing and publishing my next collection.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a total control freak. I want to be in charge of everything. The idea of the hoops that you have to jump through to even begin to publish anything in the traditional world was almost enough to make me want to give up. I don't want to spend too much time writing query letters and waiting for agents and publishers to get back to me when I could be writing, publishing, editing other people's work, and truly "doing" my art. I'm not too concerned with getting rich doing this. I just want to do what I love, and I want to do it my way.
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Books

F-ing Freddy Fisher
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,220. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Coming of age
No one likes F-ing Freddy Fisher. Not even his teachers. Only his next-door neighbor Olivia seems to notice there’s anything wrong with him as he drags himself through one very tough day at school. Does Freddy deserve to be punished for his terrible behavior? Or does he just need someone to reach out and help him?
Valley of the Bees
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 159,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In a world where honeybees are all but extinct, Valley has spent her entire life in the tranquil river bottoms where her family camps out every summer and grows more food than most folks can dream of. But, that’s all about to change on her sixteenth birthday when her Uncle Jacob informs her that she will be marrying the son of the powerful mayor of a nearby town. ‚Äč(Omnibus edition)
Keeper of the Bees: Valley of the Bees #3
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,310. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In the third and final book of Valley of the Bees, Valley’s whole existence is in turmoil as all of her friends decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives. It seems like everyone except Valley is finding his or her own way in this fast-changing future world that has been struck so hard by the honeybee famines.
The Telling of the Bees: Valley of the Bees #2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,730. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Book #2, Valley of the Bees serial: When Valley realizes her Uncle Jacob has stolen something very precious from her family, she knows it is up to her to return to Tellarton to retrieve it. The existence of her family’s precious beehive hangs in the balance, along with the future of her family and the farm that has now expanded to make room for Reyna, Junior, Liam, and their families.
With Envy Stung: Valley of the Bees #1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,230. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In With Envy Stung, Book One of the Valley of the Bees trilogy, sixteen-year-old Valley finds out her Uncle Jacob has plans to marry her off to the son of a rich and powerful mayor. Valley must fight for the right to make her own life choices in a not-so-distant future world without bees.
Her Name was Amber
Price: Free! Words: 8,400. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Amber is finally forced to deal with her dysfunctional marriage while mourning the death of her teenage daughter. Meanwhile, an even bigger disaster looms near as the outside world struggles with its own uncertain fate. In this prequel to her upcoming novel, "Valley of the Bees," the author introduces you to the matriarch of what is destined to become a powerful family in a world without bees.
Rain at Three
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,110. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Can you ever really know the man you're marrying until you've really gotten to know him? Vicki is beginning to learn just what kind of man she has married. Is the honeymoon over so quickly? It may be 73 degrees and sunny in Hawaii, but it always rains at 3:00. This is a short story of about 6,800 words.
Four Fast Steps to Making Money with your Blog
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Business writing, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Blogging
Everyone wants to make money blogging, but few people understand how to do it on purpose. While becoming an overnight blogging sensation does take a certain amount of luck, it is possible to learn how to purposely generate extra income with your blog, with no luck required.
Loosely Collected: A Book of Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
I call this collection, “Loosely Collected,” as I am unsure that it really has an overall theme like most poetry collections usually do. These poems range from some that are childlike in nature and suited for a young audience to those that are more suited for an adult audience. I have arranged them so that the most childlike poems come first, with the rest of the collection “maturing” as you read.
As Good as a Feast: Essays on Enough
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,710. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Essay » Author profile
The authors whose essays appear in this anthology explore the concept of “enough” from a variety of perspectives. One author explores psychological theories, while another draws her inspiration from the Bible. One thread that runs through all of these essays is that of the compelling personal stories that have led the writers to learn that “enough” really is as good as a feast.

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Smashwords book reviews by Amanda L. Webster

  • Emily's Saga on March 31, 2016

    I give this novel five stars for story but have to knock one star off for technical issues. (The book is still readable, so don't let my review scare you off. If you are unschooled in such matters, you might not even notice the issues.) This author shows great promise. I would love to see how far he could go with the help of an experienced editor.