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Name:  Brenda Jeanne Padget  

Pen Name: Amanda Collins Beams

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History

Born: Springfield, IL, 1953


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Born and raised in Springfield, the heart of the Land of Lincoln, I have always had a strong interest in Illinois history. After a career in marketing and public relations, I embarked on a new career as a novelist. I enjoy writing historical fiction because it allows me to bring the dead to life to share their stories. My debut novel, October Storms, is set in Piatt County, Illinois, on the cusp of the twentieth century. Characters include Robert Henry Allerton and his step-mother, Mrs. Agnes Allerton.

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