I write young adult novels whenever I'm not taking care of children, making meals, and tackling the Mount Everest of laundry piles.

Monday, March 31, 2014

University of Central Florida Book Festival Is Happening This Week!!

This Saturday, April 5, 2014 I'll be at the UCF Book Festival in Orlando with lots of amazing authors. If you are in the Orlando area I hope you'll head over to the CFE arena and check out all of the activities and panels.

I'll be doing a panel that I'm so excited about with Christy Farley and Kristen Simmons called "Saving the World with Young Adult Authors" at 10am. You can check out where and how to get there in the festival program. It should be awesome as these lovely ladies are two of my favorite people to hang out with!

You should come hang out with us too. Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

School Festivals, Author Tours and Book Fests, Whew!!

I am less than twenty four hours from leaving for my first high school literacy festival and I figured that since it is the kick off to LOTS of appearances, it might be good to do a quick post on where I'll be the next two months, so here goes:

March 6-7: 

Riverdale High School Literacy Festival: I will be visiting students and meeting other YA authors and I couldn't be more excited!
March 7: 

Barnes and Noble Author Signing w/ Melissa Landers and Lynne Matson at 3pm at the Fort Meyers Barnes and Noble

March 11: 

YA Chicks Kickin' It tour starts with a bang: two high school visits followed by a five author/one agent panel presentation on young adult books and publishing at Saint Leo University, 7pm in TECO Hall (this is an open to the public event). Authors joining me: Christina Farley, Anna Banks, Jessica Brody, Jessica Khoury, and Lucienne Diver (agent/author--which means I guess SIX author and one agent since she's both!)

March 12: 

Two more YA Chicks school visits followed by a Book Signing at Inkwood Books in Tampa at 7pm--open to the public. Participating authors: Christina Farley, Anna Banks, Jessica Brody, Jessica Khoury

March 14: 

Author Signing w/ Bookmark It Books in Orlando, 5-7pm--open to the public. Participating authors: Christina Farley, Anna Banks, Jessica Brody, Jessica Khoury

March 15:

  SCBWI Writer's Unleashed Event at the Downtown Orlando Library 9am-12:30pm.

April 4-5: 

University of Central Florida Book Festival

10am Panel: Saving the World With Young Adult Authors. I'll be joined by Kristen Simmons and Christina Farley. Followed by a book signing directly afterwards.

April 25-26: 

Southern Kentucky Festival of Books

 1pm Panel: First Books by YA Authors, in the auditorium. I'll be joined by authors: Courtney Stevens, Elizabeth Fama, Sarah Combs, and M.G. Buehrlen.
I will be signing books as well, more information to come.

If you are anywhere near any of the open to the public events, I would love to meet you!

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Covers!!!!

I wanted to share my lovely new covers for the GATED paperback and my next book, ASTRAY, here in case you haven't seen them floating around the web just yet. Aren't they beautiful?! I must admit I keep drooling over them every chance I get! A HUGE thank you to the Random House peeps responsible for all this awesomeness!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

My name is pretty common: Amy Christine Parker. There are lots of Amy Parkers out there, and more than a few Amy Christine Parkers. Sometimes this commonality can cause problems though--like this week for instance. Apparently very recently another Amy Parker threw her thing down and wrote something controversial--at least for some people-- about vaccinations and people are getting us mixed up and coming for me with either undeserved praise or pitchforks. So I figured I'd clear a few things up/tell you what I've learned:

1. There are many, many Amy Parkers out there. More than three of us are writers, probably there are many more than that. It's the curse of having such a common name. I'd switch to my maiden name if I thought it'd help, but unfortunately it is common too: Williams. I thought about using a pen name, but I'm absent minded enough that I would probably never answer to it when called and repeatedly flub signings because I'd forget to use my pen name. My brain is too whirly swirly all the time to mess with pen names right now. Maybe in a few years when I've got a better handle on this whole authoring thing, or if my career crashes and  burns and I need to rise from the ashes anonymously.

2. I don't have a public opinion about vaccinations right now. I don't feel like I've done my due research on the subject and so can not weigh in intelligently at this time.

3. It is disconcerting to get weird hate DM's and such. I'm sure the other Amy feels the same. It is a good reminder for me to always be kind, even when I disagree vehemently with someone.

And that is all.

Of course, if you've stumbled here looking for the other Amy and found me instead, welcome!

Are you a reader?

If so, have I got the book for you....

Thursday, January 9, 2014

YABC Book Awards!

I'm so excited that Gated was nominated as a contender for Best Teen Horror/Thriller Book for 2013 by Young Adult Books Central! I couldn't be in better company, especially since I'm nominated right alongside an amazingly talented fellow Lucky 13-er and our debut group as a whole is represented in almost every other category! If you love books and have a few favorites from this year, go see if they're nominated and vote for them, it's one of the best ways to show an author how much you liked their book. Okay, now I'm off to do cartwheels and back flips and such because this is all just way too exciting. (yeah, I'm lying--I'm over forty and in terrible shape, BUT my kids will totally be doing them for me, I swear.)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Lucky 13's New Year's Bash Giveaway!

Want a copy of Gated or another of the awesome books that debuted this year from The Lucky 13s? Then you should hustle over to our New Year's Bash Facebook page and enter to win. It's super easy, just like the Facebook page of the author(s) whose book you'd like to win and viola, you're entered. Cool way to start the year, right?