I could do the usual thing writers do—the thing that I’ve done myself in the past—where I tell you that I bleed ink, that I’m passionate about story, that I agonize over words and phrases.
Let’s just stipulate—all of that is true.
Here’s the thing: I’m not just a writer.
I do a lot more than write. In fact, though I believe that I am wired as a writer to the very core of my being and that it’s completely inseparable from who I am, there’s a lot more to me than just that weird quirk of personality.
And I’m guessing that if you’re reading this page, you already know I’m a writer, and you’re kind of curious about what else makes me tick.
In short, a lot of things.
I’ve been married for almost 30 years to Bryce, who bothered me so persistently from 1983 to 1991 that I finally married him to get a little peace. It’s mostly worked out. We have four kids, one daughter-in-law, two grandsons, and an assortment of four-legged creatures (and probably many six- and eight-legged ones that we don’t know about).
In 2017, I started a journey to get healthy. I lost about 60 pounds and have (mostly) kept it off. Most importantly, I realized in the journey that exercise keeps me from ending up on the evening news. I spend a lot of time lifting weights and running, and I try to get out for some hiking and backpacking when I can.
It turns out that the other thing I need to do to stay off the evening news is knit. And crochet. And collect yarn. “Hello, my name is Amy, and I’m addicted to buying yarn.” I have a ridiculous amount of yarn, and I cannot knit or crochet fast enough to make a real dent in the stash. But it’s okay, because in the inevitable apocalypse, I intent to exchange hats, scarves, mitts, and socks for food.
I have a massive TBR list. I’m slowly working my way through it, even as I get distracted by books that aren’t on it. When I had little kids, I couldn’t find much time or quiet to read, so I’m trying to make up for it now. I try to read an hour a day or so. Sometimes it happens, sometimes not.
I’m not very good at the church part of Christianity, but I do love Jesus. He and I are working on the “church part.” I know what he wants me to do, but I’m rather stubborn. Until I get that part worked out, I read my Bible and pray and try to do the rest of the stuff. I am humbled daily by the grace he offers.
In a nutshell, I’m a reasonably whole person who spends a fair amount of time pursuing the writing Muse. I’m delighted that you’ve chosen to enter the worlds I’ve created.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, unless it’s afternoon and I’m sick, cold, or need a tiny caffeine jolt. Then tea. Or possibly coffee.
Cats or dogs?
Don’t make me choose… Dogs for making be believe I am a goddess, cats for reminding me that’s a lie.
Walking or running?
Usually running, but sometimes a good recovery walk is exactly what I need.
Camping or glamping?
Yoga or weights?
Weights. 100%. I’m not chill enough for yoga.
RomCom or Action?
Almost always action.
“The Office” or “Parks & Recreation”?
Star Trek or Star Wars?
Trek, hands down, always and forever. And Picard is the best captain. This is not negotiable.
Knit or crochet?
Knit almost always, though crochet is my first love.
Beach or mountains?
Used to be beach, but as I age, the mountains are calling more and more.