Amelia Cotter

Amelia Cotter is an author and storyteller with a special interest in the supernatural, history, and folklore. Her top selling books for children and adults include This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, and Breakfast with Bigfoot (ages 3-6), illustrated by Charles Swinford.

A native Marylander, Amelia graduated from Hood College with a degree in German and History. She now lives in Chicago, where she has worked with publishers like Heinemann-Raintree, written professionally for several businesses and nonprofit organizations, and worked as a German and English instructor and translator. Amelia’s historical research, short fiction, haiku, and other writing have appeared in publications like Frederick Magazine, Black Oak Presents, Acorn, The Heron’s Nest, and many others.

In the supernatural realm, Amelia is also a co-founder of the small investigative and research team, the Chicago Paranormal Seekers. She has been a guest on various radio programs and regularly presents her books and lectures at conferences and events. Her work has been recognized in places like Time Out Chicago magazine, and Maryland Ghosts’ “The Mudd House” chapter was featured on Bio’s My Ghost Story (Episode 59).

Amelia hopes to share her love for the many wonders of the world, while inspiring others to explore it, through her books, stories, and poetry. Visit Amelia’s official website at You can also find her and her books on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @AmeliaMCotter, or write to her any time at

Breakfast with Bigfoot

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So, Bigfoot does exist, but does he like peanut butter and goldfish crackers? Find out in Breakfast with Bigfoot, written by Amelia Cotter and illustrated by Charles Swinford. Adventure and laughs are just around the corner as Gretchen and her new pal Bigfoot discover a thing or two about both the kinds of food that people eat and the kinds found in nature. For children three through six.

“Funny and sweet! A charming story that teaches good wilderness principles to the read-it-to-me-again set.” -Cristina Bryan, author of Miss Chicken Brings Lunch

Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State

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Join author and paranormal explorer Amelia Cotter as she presents a chilling collection of personal paranormal encounters gathered from friends, family, ghost hunting teams, and suburban adventurers across Maryland—in some of its most legendary haunted locations, private homes, hidden, and sometimes unexpected places. From classic haunted houses to UFO sightings and mysterious creatures, these true stories, powerfully told in the words of those who experienced them, are sure to entertain and engage paranormal enthusiasts in Maryland and beyond.

Here’s a look at what awaits you in Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State… An amazing apparition photo caught in the Dr. Samuel Mudd House in Waldorf; The restless spirits of Hood College’s German House in Frederick; Incredible investigation findings from Jericho Covered Bridge near Kingsville; Visitors from another planet on Lottsford Vista Road in Mitchellville; The shadow figures and strange folks that once lurked at Ellicott City’s Hell House; and much more!

“Get ready for a haunted road trip through Maryland! The walls of those old buildings as well as the battlefields and other great landmarks can talk…and Amelia Cotter is listening. Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State offers the history, the paranormal details, and the first-hand accounts that make us care deeply about these ghostly treasures. A great read throughout!” –Jeff Belanger, author of The World’s Most Haunted Places, Founder of, and host of 30 Odd Minutes

This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost

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The top selling first book by Amelia Cotter now with a new Foreword by Michael Kleen, an Introduction by the author, and an excerpt from Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State! Nora is a lonely fifteen year old who dreams of more adventure than life in suburban Maryland can offer. Fascinated by the supernatural, she begins exploring an allegedly haunted abandoned house on the property where her father works. She soon finds herself tangled in the mysteries of the house as she uncovers its many secrets and meets a shy ghost called “Walter.” Including original documents with the author’s notes, this book is based on real events and reveals how a girl, a house and its ghost will become intertwined forever.

“Ms. Cotter’s evocative writing deliciously transported me…A wonderfully engaging book which also sheds light on the complex impulses that make the paranormal so irresistible. Ghosts speak to us in so many ways. The author is a master listener.” –Ursula Bielski