About Amanda Trumpower 


Jesus, Dragons, Detectives, and Droids


My name is Amanda Trumpower (formerly Pigford). I write fiction for Jesus lovers who dig dragons, detectives, and droids.

My current children’s project is launching the first several installments of Collar Cases, a chapter book mystery series starring a canine and feline pair of investigative journalists. Check out Books for more details.

My current adult manuscript is a witty Robin Hood retelling mixed with superpowers, dragons, and mystery.

I’m a proud #TwinMom, wife, homeschooler, and lover of all things geeky–including but not limited to Star Wars, Disney Princesses, complicated board games, D&D, and video game RPGs. During my traditional career stage, I worked as a professional teen librarian.

I’m also a major Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie fangirl!

My completed education is pieced together from a variety of organizations:

  • English BA (Malone University, 2014)
  • Masters of Library & Information Science (Kent State, 2016)
  • Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild (2009-2013)
  • Author Media‘s Book Launch Blueprint (2021)

My ongoing education includes participation in Realm Makers, where I co-lead a critique group, and Author Media’s most excellent show, the Novel Marketing Podcast.

Despite grad school, twins, and the scheduling realities of trying to write a book around toddlers…I don’t drink coffee! I am, however, obsessed with chocolate in all its forms.

If you’d like to receive an occasional email newsletter from me when I have book news, you can sign up here. I also sometimes post personal reflections, funny twin parenting stories, and behind-the-scenes writing stuff on my blog.

Until we meet, may your dice roll high, your imagination soar, and your chocolate never run out.

Last updated: June 2021

Collar Cases

Illustrated chapter books for readers 7-11 who love mysteries, animals, and silly hijinks.


Collar Cases #1: Case of the Robbed Recipe

Someone stole Grandma Basset’s top-secret recipe! Can Mittens and Alex uncover the culprit in time?

Collar Cases #2: Case of the Missing Monet

Take a field trip into the world of art theft. Can Mittens and Alex see past the deception around them to discern friend from foe?

Collar Cases #3: Case of the Angry Avians

The trail to find Ruffled Feathers is about to get cold. Ice cold.


Join us for the Collar Cases debut year! 2022 will see four books released in paperback, audiobook, and ebook.

Books Coming in 2022

Suspects Interrogated

Minutes of Collar Cases Audiobooks


Featured In

[A] lively, fast-paced story kids will love. Young readers will be drawn into the mystery as much as by the banter between tough-as-nails Mittens and her faithfully-hungry partner, Alex. Perfect for the child who loves animals, mysteries, and above all, cookies.

Christie Thomas, author of Quinn’s Promise Rock  and Quinn Says Goodbye

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