Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. Fueled by iced tea and a good Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy settled in a quiet corner at her local coffee shop plotting her next book. Her debut, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her second novel, Across a Broken Shore, also a JLG selection, was recently selected by ALA as a 2020 Best Feminist Book in Children’s Literature.
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What is the first book that made you cry?
The Bridge to Terabithia
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Using telling verbs like looked, heard, watched.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
There will be a lot of rejection before you get your “Yes”. Hang in there.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
As my first two books are YA Historical, research is a huge part of my process. I spent almost a year researching my first book. My second book involved traveling to the site where the novel is set and taking lots of notes and pictures (Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco). I really have to get a visceral understanding of the setting before I can start to write.
How many hours a day do you write?
I usually write for an hour or two in the morning. My word count and time spent writing is also determined by whether or not I am on deadline. My belief is that you do not have to write every day. Sometimes you have to take a break and fill your creative well before you can take on a new story.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes! Sometimes I hide nods to my other books in my stories or I slip in a favorite part of a song lyric.