Amy Christine Parker was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in1972. She is the oldest daughter of Tom and Peggy Williams and has one younger brother, Tom Jr. Early on, the family moved around a bit, spending time in Atlanta, Georgia and Hendersonville, North Carolina before returning to Pennsylvania for the remainder of Amy's growing up years.
From the start, Amy had a big imagination. She would pretend that her baby dolls were real children with magical powers. They were abandoned on her doorstep by parents on the run from top secret government agents bent on capturing their supernatural kids. Amy had to secretly take care of them without the government agents--or her parents--finding out.
Once she entered school, Amy was often told by her teachers that she should become a writer. Although she didn't show much interest in pursuing the writing craft back then, she did spend most of her waking hours reading and loved to go to the movie theater every chance she got.
After graduating from Southeastern University with a degree in Elementary Education, Amy married Jay Parker and moved to Atlanta where she taught for six years before staying home to raise their two daughters, Sammi and Riley.
After eight years as a stay at home mom, Amy finally realized her teachers were right all along. She was meant to be a writer. Telling stories was her destiny. She and her husband agreed she could spend two additional years at home writing full time with the goal of getting published. After that, if it didn't happen, she would have to go back to teaching. Amy managed to get an offer on the second book she wrote from Random House Children's within those two years. Since then she's published two additional novels and has a fourth coming out September 2022. She never went back to teaching.
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Presently, Amy writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and two very mischievous cats.
Ten Interesting Things To Know About Her:
She has an irrational fear of frogs (which is unfortunate since she lives in Florida, aka frog heaven).
Bananas Foster is her favorite dessert.
She once lived in a one hundred year old farmhouse where her bedroom window looked out over the graveyard across the street. Surprise, surprise, it was haunted.
As a child she accidentally set her house on fire...twice.
Her favorite books growing up were: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Her favorite season is fall.
She loves horror movies and books, but is afraid of the dark.
Her nickname is Fuzzy--she has no idea why.
She was named for Amy in the book, Little Women, but she identifies more with Jo.
She can’t dance. Not even a little bit.