Amanda Ortlepp is a Sydney-based writer, born in Adelaide in 1981. As a child she was a voracious reader with ambitions of one day becoming an author. Instead she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree after high school, followed by a Masters of Applied Finance, and spent a decade working in marketing and communication roles. It was only after she turned thirty that she revisited her love of fiction and started writing at nights and on weekends while working full-time.
In 2015 her debut novel, Claiming Noah, was published and became a bestseller. Its ethical dilemmas and emotionally-charged themes struck a chord with mothers and book clubs in particular.
Amanda’s second novel, Running Against the Tide, is a story about long-held prejudices and fractured relationships, set on the remote Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It was published in 2016.
Q&A with Amanda