Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Amy Martin Author spotlight

I wrote and illustrated my first book at the age of ten and gave it to my fourth grade teacher, who hopefully lost it in her house somewhere and didn’t share it with anyone else. 
The first book I published as a grown-up, In Your Dreams, was a semi-finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition. The second book in the In Your Dreams series, As You Wake, was released on April 30, 2013. 
A native of St. Charles, MO, I currently live in Lexington, KY with my husband and a ferocious attack tabby named Cleo. When not writing or reading, I can usually be found watching sports, drinking coffee, or indulging my crippling Twitter habit (and, sometimes, doing all three at once). 

Five facts about me you don’t know 
  1. I have double-jointed elbows 
  2. I’ve lived in five different states 
  3. I’ve worked with young adults on college campuses for nearly twenty years 
  4. I’m an only child 
  5. I was the only person in my high school class who didn’t have at least one sibling 

  • Interests and hobbies  
I like to write, read books, watch sports, watch movies, and surf the Internet.  

 In Your Dreams 
Sixteen-year-old Zara “Zip” McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone’s known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip’s life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed. 
Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip’s heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret–he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams. 
But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran’s parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm’s way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she’s afraid of what might happen. 

As You Wake (In Your Dreams 2) 

Zara “Zip” McKee and Kieran Lanier thought they had put the threats from Kieran’s past behind them in the first installment of the In Your Dreams series. But when danger comes for them once again, Zip, Kieran, and their families find themselves on separate summer road trips that none of them had anticipated. When all paths converge in North Carolina, the two families are forced to deal with each other and the secrets they’ve kept out of love and fear. 
But Kieran is keeping the biggest secret of all from everyone but Zip. He hasn’t had a dream—about the future, about anything—for months. And while Zip and Kieran are grappling with what the new twist in Kieran’s sleeping disorder might mean, a mysterious stranger reveals information that could change Kieran’s life–or end it. 

  • If I could write with anyone it would be Judy Blume. Her books for young adults were always such an inspiration to me. 

Twitter: @ThatAmyMartin

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