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Book by Ogallala native debuts at No. 1

July 5, 2017 GMT

Amanda K. Morgan started writing as a child. Dedication to her craft has led her to publish three books, the most recent earning her a top spot on Amazon’s Teen and Literary Fiction list.

“I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember,” said Morgan, who grew up in Ogallala. “I remember writing ‘books’ in notebooks when I was a little girl and making up little stories in my head before I went to sleep at night.”

She finished her first novel at 15 and eventually went to college for a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

“Writing is something that I find very enjoyable and I think it can evoke a lot of emotions,” Morgan said. “I think that’s really special.”

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She’s found her niche writing young adult fiction, saying she believes everyone can appreciate a good coming-of-age story.

Her latest novel, “Such a Good Girl,” debuted in the No. 1 spot in Amazon’s Teen and Literary Fiction category in June.

“ ‘Such a Good Girl’ is really hard to describe without giving a lot away, but it is the story of a practically perfect girl who is willing to do anything to stay that way,” Morgan said.

The girl, Riley Stone, also has a crush on her French teacher. Morgan said the story is inspired by the idea of blame and has a lot of twists.

“I really wanted to write a powerful, intelligent female heroine — or some might say anti-heroine,” Morgan said.

She said it was wonderful to have a book debut so high on Amazon. The book, published by Simon Pulse, was also recently sold to Lumen Editions, a French company that will publish the book in France.

Morgan lives in Nashville, Tennessee, but will be making a trip home this week. On Wednesday, she will be on AM 930’s “Midwest Opinions” at 8:10 a.m. MDT. On Thursday, she will sign books from 5 to 8 p.m. MDT at Open Range in Ogallala, and on Sunday she will be at the Ogallala Walmart from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MDT.

To learn more about “Such a Good Girl” or Morgan, visit amandakmorgan.com.