The Semi-Professional Bio:

Amelia Diane Coombs snuck books to the dinner table, read Gone with the Wind when she was in the fifth grade, and failed high school geometry because she was too busy writing in her notebook. In pursuit of turning passion into profession, Amelia majored in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at the University of California, Davis, and received her MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from Saint Mary’s College of California. The best writing education she ever received, however, was spending her formative years hidden within the pages of a book.

As a lifelong native of the San Francisco Bay Area—the land of Redwoods, hot air balloons, and endless stretches of wineries—Amelia resides in Sonoma County with her partner-in-crime boyfriend, thirteen-pound Siberian cat, and collection of carnivorous plants. When she isn’t writing, Amelia’s beekeeping, playing Magic the Gathering, binging Netflix, or drowning beneath her TBR pile of books.

As a Young Adult author, Amelia enjoys writing unlikable female protagonists, oddities, weird subcultures, and the magnificent journeys teenagers embark upon to shape their inner and outer worlds.

The Casual Bio:

Hi there, I'm Amelia. I'm a Northern California native, specifically from a small town rarely featured on a map. More importantly, I'm San Francisco-adjacent and in the heart of the Wine Country. I received my BA in English from UC Davis and MFA in Creative Writing Fiction from St. Mary's College of California. I was a Pitch Wars mentee twice, in 2016 and 2017, and I mentored Author Mentor Match Round 4 - 6 and TeenPit.

My debut novel, BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN, releases from Simon Pulse in the summer/fall of 2020!

I always enjoy "fun facts" about strangers, so here are some for your enjoyment and/or mockery:

  • I was voted “Most Likely to Become an Author” in the 8th grade.

  • I have two aunts named Laura.

  • I'm incredibly talented at the art of the arcade claw machine.

  • My sisters and I all have the same middle name. Until middle school, I thought this was normal.

  • In my spare time, I beekeep and collect carnivorous plants.


Jennie Kendrick // Red Fox Literary