Hello and Welcome!
I’m Amy Trueblood and I write Young Adult and Adult fiction. I grew up in Southern California and Arizona. After graduating from college with a degree in journalism, I lived in Los Angeles and worked as an NBC page before returning to Arizona to start a career in advertising.
My crazy life has allowed me to live in many places including Nashville (for six years), and it’s true what they say, it’s very easy to pick up the accent. While living in Music City, I worked for Ingram Book Group and fell in love with the world of publishing and writing after reading an ARC (advanced reading copy) of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Shortly thereafter, I started writing my first Young Adult novel and I haven’t stopped writing since!
Fun facts about me…
- I’m the youngest of five. I spent a ton of time hidden in forts built in my closet, reading and listening to those small records that were included in Disney books. I’m certain this is where my love of storytelling began!
- While working in advertising, one of my agency’s accounts was Paramount. I was fortunate enough to see many movies before they were officially released. One of them was Forrest Gump and I knew after the screening it was going to win a ton of awards.
- The year Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire was released I had to monitor bookstores and make sure they didn’t open the sealed boxes and sell the books before their official release date!
- I know most of the lyrics to every Depeche Mode song, and I make crazy playlists for every single book I write!
A few of my favorite things…
- Arnold Palmers (Flavored ice tea + lemonade). I can’t write without it!
- Alternative Music (Snow Patrol, Arctic Monkeys, Young The Giant, Arcade Fire, Halsey, Cage The Elephant)
- Red Vines (Sorry, Twizzlers taste like cherry-coated plastic to me)
- Cassandra Clare’s CITY OF BONES – I’ve read it 10+ times!
Two of my favorite pieces of writing advice:
- DO NOT compare your journey to other writers. We all have our own path.
- Surround yourself with writing friends. In good times, and bad, you’re going to need them!
My favorite writing craft books:
- Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland
- Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Save The Cat by Blake Snyder
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott