I’ve worked in books my entire life, starting at the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville, NY when I was 15 years old. In college I began working in the bookstore, a career that lasted fifteen years. I received my MFA in creative writing from Chatham University in 2004. Since graduate school I have been in love with traveling and writing about the South, moving first to Georgia, then Kentucky, then South Carolina, before setting in 2011 in the mountains of North Carolina.
My first book – Historical Inns of Asheville, came out in 2013. I explore a lot of the lesser-known historical aspects of the town on my blog here: https://ashevillehistoricinns.wordpress.com
After having my daughter, I quit the textbook business and began working for Biblio.com, the largest independent online book marketplace. You can find my content about books here: https://www.biblio.com/blog/author/amanikowski/
I’ve always been fascinated with the lives of authors and artists lives. While working at Biblio I compiled a spreadsheet of birthdates, death dates, and publication dates, and finally, it was time to start sharing that with the world. You can my blog on that here: https://dailyinspirationforwritersandreaders.com/ I hope it inspires you.
I have written for many local publications, including the Laurel of Asheville, Food Life magazine, WNC Woman magazine, Mountain Xpress, Capital @ Play, and Good Grit Magazine.
I’ve also written a book about The Haywood Street Fresco.