My first published writing was a short essay on the subject “Going Home” for the Readers Write section of the literary journal, The Sun. I was thrilled to see my five paragraphs in print, and even more thrilled when I got an email from Reader’s Digest asking to reprint it. Since then, that short essay has been read as part of the Women’s Project theater auditions for Hamilton-Gibson Productions in Pennsylvania, and recorded in a podcast for the sight-impaired through the Automated Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles. It’s amazing to me how much reach a single, short piece can have. I’ve also had a nonfiction essay published in Six Hens, a journal of women’s writing.
An excerpt from my Young Adult novel-in-progress is forthcoming in Enizagam where it was a 2018 literary award finalist. My fiction also received honorable mention for New Millennium Writings Flash Fiction Awards, reached the final round in Bellevue Literary Review’s Goldenberg Prize for fiction, and was named a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing through Hunger Mountain, the literary journal of the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In addition to my own writing, I love meeting and working with other writers through organizations such as the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the International Women’s Writing Guild, where I serve on the Board of Advisors.
I am represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary and hope to have my first novel published soon.
“something true. i wanted to see something true. collect as many stories as my heart could hold.”
– amy mcnamara