Few people can make a direct connection between their childhood and their work as adults. For Arizona-native Amanda Malek-Ahmadi, it was a messy cat.
She remembers the first time an author visited her elementary school. Mr. Tom, the author of the book, Messy Cat, signed Amanda’s copy of the book, which she still owns today!
Busy being a mother of four, wife to a scientist, both professional concert dancer and dance teacher, she began to actively pursue her childhood dream of becoming a published author in early 2017.
Now, if you asked Amanda when she started dancing, she’d laugh and say, “the womb,” but then laugh again, and say, “technically when I was five.” Amanda’s passion for dance and love of teaching children how to dance has led to the creation of many dance stories.
As for the influence of a messy cat? She cannot wait to experience the joy of signing a book for a child at what might be their first author visit.
Amanda Malek-Ahmadi has not only been a former elementary education teacher but is an avid learner. She is a proud member of the SCBWI: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Amanda seeks opportunities to hone her writing skills in classes and at conferences.
Amanda’s first book with us, Ten Ballet Dancers, was released in October 2020.
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