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Amanda L. Webster

Born: 1976 in Effingham, IL
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Webster was born in Effingham and raised on a small farm east of Mason. She joined the U. S. Air Force after high school and lived all over the country for the next 17 years before finally being able to return to her home state. She now resides in central Illinois where she works at Illinois State University.

Biography: Amanda L. Webster (Mandy) grew up in central Illinois, where she spent much of her childhood playing outside, imagining fantastic new worlds, and writing stories. After a brief stint in the United States Air Force that took her to Texas, Hawaii, and North Dakota, she earned her master of arts in professional writing/creative writing from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has since returned to central Illinois to work as a media manager at a state university while also teaching part-time at a local community college and writing novels in the spaces between. Mandy lives with her two sons and two cats.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Amanda L. Webster on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Valley of the bees /
ISBN: 1540757781 OCLC: 994617766

"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. When Valley agrees to meet the boy and give him a chance, she is plunged into the intrigues of an unforgiving village where women are treated like property. In the midst of a plague outbreak, Valley must fight for her father's life and for the right to make her own decisions, all while learning that her family life is not as idyllic as she always thought it was."--Page 4 of cover.