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Hi, I’m Amanda and welcome to Needle & Bow. For the past ten years I’ve written under a few different pen names in various genres. I’ve recently retired those and am moving forward without a pen name, focusing on writing about the creative side of death. Well, death and other things that make my muse happy. My interest spans a range of topics including death positivity, eroticism, imagination, humanistic psychology, embodiment, chronic illness, 1870’s-1920’s American history, and ghosts of all kinds.

My current works in progress include fiction, poetry, and a film project about local cemeteries.

Thanks for joining me.

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New Release

Image description: a graphic of the book cover Romancing the Gatekeeper: love poems about death by Amanda VanderBroek. The image features a small angel statue from behind, the statue is holding out a small flower. The image in sepia toned.

In an intimate waltz between love and death, the 46 poems in Romancing the Gatekeeper invite you to imagine who might be waiting for you at the graveyard gate.

Available now in print and ebook. Also in KindleUnlimited!

Why Needle & Bow?

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My whole life has been built by sewing together my fantasies with my reality and I want to help others do the same. To live well, I believe, we must become friends with our thoughts, desires, and deepest selves. To do this we must confront our fears in ways that are both sharp and delicate. Let’s sew together our realities with our fantasies and be the people universe put us here to be.


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