A white woman with curly brown hair stands in front of a blue backdrop. She's wearing glasses and a green top and is smiling.

I’m an author and urban gardener. I’m a sober, happily married, queer, bisexual woman. I’m from New England and am currently Boston-based. I write fiction as Amanda McNeil and nonfiction as Amanda Nevius.

I’ve published two novellas and have had short stories and creative nonfiction published in both online and print magazines. I also have had monologues produced. Please do take a moment to check out my Publications page.

My formal education includes a BA from Brandeis University in both English and American Literature and History. I completed a minor in Religious Studies. I earned my Masters from Simmons College.

While I am pleased to be a first-generation college graduate, I also am a firm believer that formal education doesn’t necessarily equate to being learned. Anyone can learn and improve themselves, provided they read with an open mind.

As for the genres you’ll find reviewed on this blog, I enjoy a wide variety! I like thrillers, scifi, historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary, romance, nonfiction, and more! 

For more up-to-the-moment updates, follow my Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok.

I also enjoy crafting. For my cross-stitching, I have a dedicated page on this blog that also includes some free patterns I designed myself. For knitting and crochet, feel free to friend me on Ravelry.

Feel free to contact me at opinionsofawolf[at]gmail[dot]com. For speedier response, DM me on Instagram. Please note that I do not accept review copies, unless I initiate the request myself.

  1. March 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. April 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Hey Knowledge–Sorry it took so long for your comment to show up. It got filtered as spam for some reason, and it took me a bit to notice it. Anyway, thank you very much for the kind words/encouragement!

  3. August 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    cheers. nice to e-meet you!

  4. Jessica
    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for the comment. I’m excited to check out your blog.

    How did you find me? Is it because I’m on a library board or did you not know that?

    Also, strange coincidence, one of my all time favorite bands is Wolfie.

    • September 17, 2009 at 7:51 am

      Hi Jessica, thanks for the return visit!
      You know the tag surfing feature in WordPress? I have “Boston” as one of my tags in that, and your recent trip to Boston was tagged as such. I had no idea you’re on a library board, just saw your trip to my city. Fun coincidence!

  5. March 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Hey, thanks for visiting. You sound like someone I should be best friends with if I am in Boston – coz you are a librarian! 😀

    • March 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

      Aww, you’re so sweet! Thanks for taking the time to make a return visit.

  6. September 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  7. October 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Hi there, you just commented on my DNF review of The Lucifer Code (good move taking it off your TBR list by the way) and came over to visit. I live just north of Boston and work downtown, and thought I’d leave you a comment! I like your blog so I’m sure I’ll be back!

    • October 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

      Thanks for the return visit! I didn’t realize you live near Boston. That’s awesome!

  8. September 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the visit to my blog!

    Great blog you’ve got here. Keep up the good work.

  9. Jenny Jaeckel
    September 24, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Hello! I would like to send you a note to request a book review, but don’t see how to contact you. Will you direct me to your contact info? Thanks!

    • September 25, 2020 at 12:06 am

      1) It’s in the final paragraph.
      2) I’m not currently accepting any review requests, alas.

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