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Amy Manemann

Herald Staff Writer

Though she’d been a “writer” for 25 years, Clinton resident Amy Manemann chose to keep it to herself. Tales of romance, suspense, humor and even a little danger flowed effortlessly onto pages that few people, if any, would ever see.

Finally giving in to the pressure of friends and family, Manemann recently released “Deadly Reunion,” the first in a four-part series featuring investigative reporter Taci Andrews. The novel is available in paperback and ebook form, and can be found at amazon.com and Barnes and Noble online.

“There’s a lot of humor, mystery and romance involved in it,” said Manemann, a mother of two who also works part time.

Taci Andrews, ace reporter for the Riverdale Times, always gets her story. Confidence and cunning are requisites for a ruthless investigative reporter, but Taci has it in spades. But when what could be the biggest break of her career takes her back to high school, a time when confidence and cunning were nowhere to be found, Taci finds herself in a sticky situation.

The story takes place in small Riverdale, Iowa, a locale eerily similar to Clinton. Everything from the river, the bustling downtown business area, and Taci’s employer were inspired by places and events Manemann has observed over the years. There’s even a new development on the outskirts of Riverdale, where the brand new RoseHill Casino was recently opened.

Manemann said she was inspired by the works of Sue Grafton, and Janet Evanovich. The two mystery novelists utilize strong, quirky characters, which opens readers up to the mystery, according to Manemann.

Though partially modeled after her idols, Taci’s story has a bit more zing to it.

“I love a good mystery novel, but I don’t like it to be so serious,” Manemann said.

Taci approaches danger and intrigue with a confident smirk, and isn’t afraid to crack a joke or two. Manemann said she is a humorous person, and wanted her characters to reflect that.

Writing has always been a cathartic, therapeutic exercise for Manemann.

“I very much enjoy writing,” she said. “It centers me as a person.”

But since deciding to make her art public, she said the feedback has been quite positive so far. Plus her kids think it’s kind of cool.

“A lot of people are excited already to read the second book,” Manemann said. “My kids love to tell everybody, ‘My mom’s a writer.’”

The paperback retails for $11.99 while the ebook sells for $4.50. Manemann believes the expansion of technology has allowed for more self-published authors like herself to try to get solid footing in the industry. She is able to keep 70 percent of profits from ebook sales, giving her a chance to profit from her work.

You can read more about Manemann at Amymanemann.webs.com.

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