Birthday Interview: Amanda

Our Marketing Director Amanda’s birthday is just around the corner and as always we must follow tradition with a birthday interview. We want to wish her a very Happy Birthday and have her share a little bit more about herself.

Please, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a communications graduate with a love for books, nonprofits, curling and yoga. When I’m not working on Mecha Panda promotions, I work as a fundraiser for Zajac Ranch helping kids with medical conditions attend camp and develop life skills they may have struggled with before.

Animals hold a big place in my heart, making me a huge supporter of animal rescues and a vegetarian for almost 4 years.

What projects at Mecha Panda Publishing are you most passionate about?

I’m a huge fan of the fiction books we’ve been putting out. Having strong female protagonists in science fiction is exciting! While a hard market to break into, I’m loving the challenge and celebrating our small wins 🙂

What book are you reading right now?

Rock God in Exile by Kella Campbell ❤️ and Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross 🍩

We all know about Jacob and Ava, do you have any other pets?

We have two secret cats that came into the apartment because they had no where else to go. I adopted my cat Leah when her owner went to live in a hospice facility and there was no home available for her. She’s the sweetest snuggle bug that demands attention from everyone. Neo lives with us because his owner became our roommate. Originally we were only going to have him for a little bit until we could have family watch him but he’s fit in with the others and he’d be devastated to leave. These two will likely hasten a move to a bigger place!

How has quarantine life been treating you? Picking up any new and interesting hobbies?

It was tough to adjust at first but I adapted. I’m taking more walks which Jacob loves, and finding different activities to do that aren’t Netflix or video games. I’m integrating more creativity into my life which has been a positive outlet and something I can do with Jon. I’ve started doodling and researching web comics so there could be something there…

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?

This question is always tricky. I think I’d want to be like Dr.Doolittle and talk to animals 🐼

Is there a song resonating with your life right now?

“All This Could Be Yours” by Cold War Kids

Led by Pondo, the big metal bear with a huge heart, Mecha Panda Publishing is a unique press located somewhere in Canada just a drive away from an ocean and one of the most dynamic cities in the country. Its aim is to create memorable content in digital, print, and audio mediums for everyone to enjoy. The main genre is Science Fiction, though Pondo may branch out from time to time.

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