Amanda Davis was raised in Durham, North Carolina. She was tragically killed in a plane crash on her way to her childhood state where she was scheduled to promote her debut novel, "Wonder When You'll Miss Me", published in February 2003. She resided in Oakland, California, where she taught in the MFA program at Mills College. Davis also authored "Circling the Drain, " a collection of short stories. Her fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have been published in "Esquire, Bookforum, Black Book, McSweeney's, Poets and Writers, Story, Seventeen, " and "Best New American Voices 2001"