September 30, 2008 10:00 ET

Stay at Home Mom Is a Winner in Prestigious Novel Competition Changing Her Family's Life for the Better

LEXINGTON, KY--(Marketwire - September 30, 2008) - -- an online community for aspiring writers to engage, encourage and appraise one another's work -- announces the 3rd place winner of their Author Launch Contest, Amanda Crum.

Amanda Crum, a freelance writer from Lexington, Kentucky, unleashes her debut novel "The Fireman's Daughter," a mysterious tapestry of familial loss, intrigue and illusion. "The Fireman's Daughter" renders the story of a young woman who is trying to unravel the mysteries of her mother's life and untimely drowning that occurred while she was just a child. She seeks answers from her estranged father, entering a proverbial rabbit hole, raising more questions and putting her life in jeopardy as she learns about a strange coincidence and a gift that she had inherited from her mother.

Already published in several online forums (Farmhouse Magazine, Suspense Magazine) "The Fireman's Daughter" is exemplary of a top-notch talent at the top of her literary game. An untimely drowning, an estranged father, mysterious disappearances, deep familial secrets, and a profound sense of danger, all inhabit the imagination and world of Crum's lyrical and fiercely deep story.

Not all stories get a happy ending, but recently Amanda Crum, now a stay at home mom and published author, has signed her first deal with a literary agent. Currently Amanda is working on her second novel titled "The Wilds." Being a published writer has allowed her to live one more dream: she can now Google herself.

"The Fireman's Daughter" is published by "The Fireman's Daughter" will be available in the PublishingRoom bookstore and online at Amazon and BN September 2008.

For more information or to interview Amanda Crum, please contact Eileen Koch @ Eileen Koch & Company INC, 310.441.1000 or email Eileen @ Please visit

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