I have spent my life as “Amy” to friends and family, various nicknames my big sister concocted throughout our childhood (yes, I answer to Gamer and Amos), “Mom” to my children, Mrs. Isaman to my students, and any number of endearments to my husband, but now, I’m choosing.
I want to be a writer, so here it is . . . I am, Amy Isaman, Writer (I figure the more I repeat this, the better).
I spend my days in high school teaching freshman English which can be either highly rewarding and entertaining, or horribly grueling and depressing depending on the day – think Shakespeare + fifteen year-olds. I also get to teach juniors and seniors, Creative Writing and AP Psychology – super fun classes.
Two years ago with a group of super creative writing students, I launched WhereTeensWrite, a site for teen writers to write, share, and learn. It’s a small but growing community where I enjoy blogging about the craft of writing and working with teens on their fiction and poetry.
I also write myself, and have spent the last several years writing, reading about writing, attending conferences, and participating in live and online critique groups. I have completed one historical fiction novel, The Overlander’s Daughter, and a young adult mystery, #Killing It. There are a few other projects outlined and in the works as well.
In the fall 2014, I achieved a major milestone and was honored to sign with literary agent Jacques de Spoelberch.
When I’m not writing, I am an avid reader and quilter, though if I complete one quilt a year, I’m happy. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life, and we are preparing to become empty-nesters, a major but exciting transition.
About this blog…
I began this blog as the step in my journey as a writer. As a child and teenager, I wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer, until I took a Creative Writing class in college and had my first story taken APART during a workshop. My story probably needed it, but at the ripe old age of nineteen, my confidence crushed, I decided that my dreams were silly and moved on. I got my BA in English, my MA in literature, and began to teach both high school and college.
It took twenty years to develop some creative self confidence, to wind my way back to those earlier dreams, to figure out that I still wanted to write stories, and to take ownership of the incredibly powerful sentences, “I am a WRITER!!” and “I am creative!!”
In order to do that, I had to put myself and my writing out there, and the easiest way to do that, to “be” a writer, is to blog. So, after a few initial panic attacks before my first few posts, I started writing online, and I’m still here though my schedule has gone from religiously posting twice a week to posting now and then. My confidence has come a long way, so I’m good with that schedule.
The second reason for this blog is to to document my novel writing and creative journey for my own reflection on this process.
And finally, I’d like to connect with other writers, readers, and creative people. Perhaps by recording my journey with the fears, struggles, and even (hopefully) triumphs, it will encourage them to follow their hearts.
Amy Isaman is a high school English, Creative Writing, and Psychology teacher who lives with her family in rural northeastern Nevada, pretty much 250 miles from everywhere. She is a member of the SCBWI and has attended a variety of writing conferences. Two years ago, she started a writing website with a group of her students, WhereTeensWrite, where she works with teen writers. She has a BA in English from UC Davis and an MA in the humanities with an emphasis in literature. She completed her master’s thesis on the quilt as a symbol in 19th century short fiction which tied together her love of women’s history, literature, and quilting. A quilt also plays a key role in her first novel, The Overlander’s Daughter.
She blogs here about whatever strikes her fancy.