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 (written under Amy’s previous last name, Yurk). Luanne Rice calls it, “A startling and powerful novel filled with wonderful characters.”
2002 – THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, a book inspired by Amy’s relationship with her own special needs sister, Angie, 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 and earned her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) to support her day job. Her husband calls her a “People Engineer” because of utmost interest to her is sorting out how people tick.
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 and a Costco Pennie’s Pick.
2012 – Amy finished writing HEART LIKE MINE, and her second novel, THE LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, is re-released by Atria Books. In April, she took a leap of faith and quit her day job in order to write full-time.
2013 – HEART LIKE MINE release, March 19th.
2014 – SAFE WITH ME release, March 4th.