About Amanda

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. –Madeleine L’Engle

Children’s Author 


AMANDA CLEARY EASTEP is not related to Beverly Cleary but wishes she were. She is, however, a children’s author, and the Tree Street Kids is her middle grade (8-12) series (Moody Publishers). When she is forced to act like an adult, Amanda edits nonfiction books by grownup authors. She writes in a small cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, but she has lived most of her life in the suburbs of Chicago, the home of the Tree Street Kids. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and American Christian Fiction Writers, and she has led writing workshops for teens. 

Nonfiction Editor


Amanda is also the senior developmental editor at Moody Publishers, Chicago, working closely with authors to help shape Christian nonfiction books in the areas of Christian living, church and ministry, and personal and spiritual growth. She has also served as the editor on Moody’s new children’s fiction/nonfiction/Bible study titles.

Professional Memberships

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

The Academy of Christian Editors (ACE)

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