The Short Version
Amity writes fantasy for young adults. While the content of her stories range from fairy tales to dragons to death, all her books feature heroines who discover truths hidden in their own hearts and who find their places in the world around them. When this native Kansan is not writing, she cares for and homeschools her children and searches storm clouds for a glimpse of tornadoes.
The Long Version
Amity began writing at age four, her first ‘novel’ written on a toy typewriter about a ghost too scared to scare people. Becoming an author became the sole ambition of her life at age eleven, when she read The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and fell in love with the fantasy genre (and Robin McKinley became her hero).
At age 15, she finished Blue Fire and sent it to Tor’s slush where it was rightfully but kindly rejected. Enter a period of distraction with boys then college; after she graduated, her husband Dave insisted she rework Blue Fire and pursue her dreams. She rewrote the manuscript while they lived in Sendai, Japan, and upon returning to the states she continued to develop her craft.
In 2011 she discovered an unexpected passion: children. The year she signed with an agent, she became pregnant. While NY publishing met with ill luck, the mothering side grew. She enjoyed her children so much she decided to try out homeschooling when her eldest turned five, and then she discovered another passion and talent.
Amity never stopped writing, thanks to a determined husband, an inner love of stories, and a desire to avoid therapy. In 2019 she independently published Unseen Beauty, with Blue Fire–renamed Adara of the Kyer–slated for early 2020. Aside from living her dream of being an author, Amity cares for and homeschools four special girls, hangs out with the coolest hubby ever, and pursues too many hobbies for the time she has.