Title: Drawing Amanda
About the Author/Illustrator
The New York Times, The Boston Herald,
on bettyconfidential.com and in numerous anthologies and literary magazines.
She serves as creative nonfiction editor of Conclave,
a Journal of Character.
Communication from Boston University, and her B.A. in sociology from Hamilton
son, Tibetan Terrier and an out of control collection of books and CDs.
received her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University.
featured in children’s books, textbooks, magazines, and on iPad® apps. She
currently lives in New York with her two goldfish, One Fish and Two Fish. You
can see more of her work on her online portfolio: http://callmelee.com
Q&A with the Author
inspired this book?
endeavors do, with a “what if” moment. When an FBI officer spoke to parents at
my son’s school about internet predators, most parents asked questions about
how best to check up on their kids’ activity.
trolls using imagery to break down the inhibitions of the youngsters they were
trying to lure. I wondered who was behind the artwork. What if it was a high school kid? And so
DRAWING AMANDA was hatched.
artist. Do you draw?
I’ve always admired in others. That’s why I feel so lucky to have illustrator
Sunny Lee. But I have exhibited some of my photography and I’m an incorrigible
surprised to find out about you?
person (read: Capricorn) I give a lot of credence to astrology.
WRINKLE IN TIME. More recently I’ve loved Laurie Halse Anderson’s THE
IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, Jennifer Donnelly’s REVOLUTION, Neal Shusterman’s
THE UNWINDS and anything by Chris Crutcher, David Levithan, Mathew Quick, Sarah
Darer Littman – I could go on and on.
Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Amie Bender, Jennifer Eagan, Mark Kurlansky, and
Francine Prose. In another life I read Frederic Exley, Hunter Thompson and
Active — debate team, high school newspaper, literary
magazine, basketball and swimming, local and national politics. And incredibly
Was there a defining moment during your youth
when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
there and it helped that I got good response to my writing from teachers early
on. But you need to have something substantive to write about – that I had to
grow in to.
advice to your readers. What would it be?
people, or let them impose their timetable.
Look inside to find your own path.
you start off in a different career?
awesome gigs including workings as a radio dj and newscaster, handling pr for
Scholastic and running marketing programs at The New York Times. Now, in
addition to writing, I manage a website for a healthcare company.
program for some professors at Cornell.
transporting — better than yoga or meditation. And through your characters you
can travel anywhere and do all manner of things without getting laughed at or
arrested, or even leaving home.
lot of hats, so I have to juggle writing in with my day job, family and friends,
gym time, etc. Which means I tend to write late at night. I always have a work
in progress, and keep at it as regularly as I can.
– I love all the mess and intensity and integrity of teenagers.
just write. And when you discover your story and your voice, find a good crit
partner, a community of writers, a class – just someplace you can share your
work to get affirmation and feedback.
people are really thinking (maybe that’s why I write).
and twitter – @StephanieFeuer, GoodReads and Facebook. And by the time you read this (maybe) my
website should be up, stephaniefeuer.com