At heart, I’m a literary fiction writer, so I’m rich in soul and poor of pocket. To sustain my desire to write for adults, I write for kids ($$$). So far I’ve published eleven books (under pseudonyms) and two for adults.
BY AMANDA STERN
“In this canny, insightful, novelistic memoir, Amanda Stern traces the indelible path her underlying anxiety has traced in a rich but often frustrated life. It’s a book about her emergence into and acceptance of mature identity, but it is also about the danger of love, the maze of social pressure, and the tension between childhood expectations and adult realities. Narrating with real poignance how every experience she’s had has been filtered through her psychic vulnerability, she achieves a symphony of complex fragilities and redeeming strengths.”―Andrew Solomon
“Little Panic is an intimate and sweeping story of hyper-vigilance. Cheeky and vivid and transporting, it’s also extremely funny. Stern’s book conveys just how isolating mental illness really is, how it creates almost a second existence for those who suffer it. As I read it I had the sense of someone living underwater, watching the world going on effortlessly above. I was swept up. I spend my life hoping to find books like this.”―Sarah Manguso
THE LONG HAUL
“This moody novel is about dependency and inaction, but it is told with brave, risky language. Much of the time this pays off with metaphors that are so fresh they are almost jarring; they deliver the shock of unexpected truth.” -the San Francisco Chronicle
BY A.J. STERN
The Frankly Frannie Series — Written under the name, A.J. Stern, “Frankly, Frannie,” is a series of 9 books centered on Frannie Bird Miller, an elementary school girl who just wants a job. Armed with a resume and business cards, Frannie can’t wait to be hired, have an office, an office supply closet, and of course, an assistant. Jobs aren’t so easy to come by it turns out, which leaves Frannie with just one option, hire herself. From radio talk show host to fortune teller, every book follows Frannie as she tries out a new job.
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BY FIONA ROSENBLOOM
You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah & We are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah! — Written under the name, Fiona Rosenbloom, “You are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah!” & “We are SO Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah!” is a series of 2 books for young adults. Published by Hyperion, in 2005 and 2006, the books center on Stacy Adelaide Friedman, her best friend Lydia, a boy and the Bat Mitzvah that comes between them.