Hi! My name is Amanda, and I am a writer and creative with a long standing love of anything to do with editing and organizing. I earned my MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College in December of 2019, and my BA in Communications, Broadcasting, and Public Relations from East Stroudsburg University in 2015.

I started Highlights and Hot Chocolate in 2014 as a place to practice my writing and share book reviews, but my online presence has grown and changed a lot since then. As of 2021, this is my official home on the web. I’m bringing a more well-rounded look at my life to the table.

I’ll still be sharing occasional book reviews and writing content, but I’m also excited to introduce more windows into my day-to-day experiences: reflection pieces; things I’m loving; my ongoing obsession with Dungeons & Dragons; my addiction to coffee; and if this pandemic ever ends, some cool things to do in the places I love: Boston, Massachusetts, and the wilds of northwestern New Jersey.​