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.
At this mid-life point in life, I’m making changes, so here it is . . . I am, Amy Isaman, Writer and Designer.
I used to 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 taught juniors and seniors, Creative Writing and AP Psychology – super fun classes.
As a creative project, in 2013, I launched WhereTeensWrite with a group of super creative teens, a site for teen writers to write, share, and learn. I discovered through that process that I LOVED working on websites. After my own two children graduated high school, I decided that it was time for me to leave the high school too. I have since quit teaching and launched a web design business.
I 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, though at this point, neither are published. 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, to rarely. 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.