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1972 – As a toddler, Amy’s mother characterized her daughter as a chatterbox:
“Everything in her mind came spilling out of her mouth.” (Now it just spills
onto the page. Okay, okay, she still talks a lot, too. Especially when she’s had
too much caffeine. Or if it’s a day ending in “y.”)
1979 – An avid lover of words, Amy embarked on her first literary creation,
“Amy’s Animal Stories.” A collection of short and slightly twisted tales exploring
her love of all creatures great and small, she couldn’t find a publisher outside
of her second-grade teacher, who kindly bound the stories into a book Amy still
has in her bookcase and will readily share with unsuspecting dinner guests.
1990 -1994 – Amy graduated from West Seattle High School and proceeded
to WWU in Bellingham, WA. Like many other well-educated restaurant workers in that
lovely city, she settled there after getting her degree. She met her first husband
during this time, with whom she had her two gorgeous children, Scarlett and Miles.
2000 – THE KIND OF LOVE THAT SAVES YOU is released.
Luanne Rice calls it, “A startling and powerful novel filled with wonderful characters.”
2002 – THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS is published.
The Seattle Times says, “The authenticity [of THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS] is unmistakable;
a tender and touching novel.”
2005 – Amy moved back to Seattle, WA about a year before her father passed
away. She earned her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) to
support her day job. Whether she is writing a book or helping employees sort out
conflict, of utmost interest to her is how people tick. Her husband calls her a
2007 – In a casual garden wedding at her mother’s house, Amy - wearing
racy red - marries her best friend, Stephan. They have wedding brownies instead
of wedding cake and rent a bouncy castle to entertain Stephan – oh wait, to entertain
the children in attendance. Outside of the birth of her children, it is the
best day in her life.
2009 - BEST KEPT SECRET sells to
Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster. Amy's third novel was released
June 7, 2011.
2010 - Amy is thrilled when Atria extends her contract from one book
to three - a fourth novel, OUTSIDE THE LINES, which tells
the story of a woman searching for her homeless and mentally ill father, whom she
has been estranged from for twenty years, was released in February 7, 2012, and
was selected as a Target Book Club pick.
2011-12 - Amy finished writing HEART LIKE MINE, and her second novel,
THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, is re-released by Atria Books.
2013 - HEART LIKE MINE release, March 19th.