Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of split-time women’s fiction and contemporary inspirational romance. She is the first place winner of multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest, the 2017 Great Expectations Contest, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest. In addition, she was a 2018 Genesis Contest finalist. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.
In addition to her writing, Amanda maintains an active and rewarding career as a freelance cellist. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and their three adorable Wenlets.
Less Professional Bio
My writing journey began almost as soon as I learned to hold a pen, though writing for fun faded to nonexistence through my high school and college years. But God hadn’t forgotten about that facet of His plan for me, and about a decade ago, the writing bug bit me in a big way. This journey has busted me out of my comfort zone and stretched my faith in ways I’d never imagined.
Yes, I really am a professional cellist. I have two cello performance degrees, I've taught both privately and at the college level, and I love playing everything from Beethoven symphonies to Bach solo suites to improvised worship music with a praise band. Music is the purest form of communication, and it frequently expresses what words cannot.
The loves of my life are my laid-back, infinitely supportive, and always hilarious husband and our three adorable and entertaining children, known online (and offline, come to think of it), as the Wenlets. We have two Minecraft-obsessed boys and a unicorn-crazy girl, all of whom were born within four years of each other. At this precise moment, they've made it to that sweet spot where they're all potty-trained and sleeping through the night, but nobody is a surly teenager. Yet. Motherhood has surprised me in a thousand ways, from how little I enjoyed it at first to how much I love it now.
Here at the House of Wen, we are die-hard New England Patriots fans. In fact, the Pats are part of how my husband and I got together. True story. Despite growing up in the Midwest, I’ve rooted for the Patriots my whole life, and my husband’s a native of the Boston area, so it’s in his DNA. We met at a watch party for the Boston Red Sox, and it was at a Patriots game in 2003 that he and I started to figure out there might be more to us than just friendship.
I watch more TV than I should, but I justify it by gleaning inspiration for characters. My current favorite is This Is Us, my classic favorite is Cold Case, and I’m very much looking forward to the premiere of Gone, because I am an unabashed Danny Pino fangirl.
Other random tidbits:
I love cooking; hate cleaning.
I am not crafty at all. Whatever the opposite of a Pinterest Mommy is, I am that.
I have lived my entire life in various Midwestern states, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love the down-to-earth people, the crazy weather, and the gorgeous sunsets.