Biography

Amelia Cotter is an author and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her books include This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, and the children's book Breakfast with Bigfoot. She is also a cast member of the show The R.I.P. Files.

With the cast of The R.I.P. Files (Kenna, Mark, Sherry, and Malinka).
Photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.
Amelia grew up in Bel Air, Maryland, where she developed a love for historic, abandoned, and haunted places as a young child. She was fascinated by scary stories and urban legends, and fancied herself one day writing about the supernatural. When she was eleven, Amelia fell in love with a local abandoned house and its resident ghost that later became the inspiration for her first book, This House. As a teenager, Amelia had many nighttime adventures with friends, ghost hunting and suburban exploring around Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Amelia attended Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, graduating in 2007 with a degree in German and History. While at Hood, Amelia studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany for a year, where she honed her skills in language and storytelling through immersing herself in the melting pot of European cultures and history. Shortly after graduating, Amelia was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin lymphoma and spent six months in chemotherapy. Those six months proved to be a strange period of respite that allowed her to complete the first drafts of This House and Breakfast with Bigfoot, and give serious consideration to fulfilling her dreams sooner rather than later. After completing her treatments, Amelia moved to Chicago in early 2008 to start a new life and dive into the publishing world. She has dabbled in various sectors of publishing and enjoys a diverse writing life as an author and award-winning poet. Amelia was invited to become a member of the Society of Midland Authors in fall 2013, and also holds memberships in the Haiku Society of America and United Haiku and Tanka Society.

Amelia's favorite featured shot as jewelry model for Sandpiper Imports.
Photo by Jonathan Montgomery Pollock.
Upon moving to Chicago, Amelia also dove into the world of Midwest ghostlore. Her nostalgia for the haunted history of her home state prompted her to research and compile Maryland Ghosts, and she became a tour guide with Chicago Hauntings ghost tours, giving tours around the city. Amelia has traveled throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, exploring haunted places and speaking to audiences of all ages about the supernatural and why it fascinates us.

In mid-2014, after attracting attention from television producers for her expertise on Maryland and Chicago ghostlore, Amelia joined the cast of the paranormal reality television show The R.I.P. Files. In mid-2016, Amelia expanded her on-camera portfolio beyond the realm of the unknown and became the official jewelry model for the Chicago-based fair trade company Sandpiper Imports.

Snooping around creepy old places with her partner
in life and crime, Jonathan (Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Indiana).

All this, and Amelia has a day job, too. She has worked for more than a decade in museum and nonprofit management, and has volunteered for a number of animal welfare, cancer, and wildlife conservation organizations. Amelia loves the outdoors, which provide great inspiration for her haiku, and has hiked around Maryland and Illinois as well as Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah. She has also braved the tropical rainforest of Nicaragua and Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Amelia loves animals and has a dog named Oskar, a ball python named Sunshine, and a variety of fish friends. Amelia also plays the banjo.

Today Amelia is living cancer-free, working hard, loving life, and appreciating every minute of her "supernatural" career. She enjoys all of this with her husband and best friend, recording engineer and photographer Jonathan Montgomery Pollock. Amelia shares her love for the many wonders of the world, while hopefully inspiring others to explore it, through her books, stories, poetry, and on- and off-screen appearances.

You can find Amelia on FacebookTwitterGoodreadsGoogle+, The Haiku FoundationIllinois Center for the BookIMDb, LinkedIn, and The R.I.P. Files, or write to her any time at ameliamcotter@gmail.com. View Amelia's standard author bio here.