About Amy

This blog began as the first step in my journey as a writer. As a child and teenager, I wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer, until life happened. 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, with 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, wind my way back to those earlier dreams, and figure out that I still wanted to write stories.

I started this blog 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, here I am.

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.

About Amy . . . Amy Creative Writing Teacher for teens

For years the past 40+ years,  I have been “Mom” to my children, Mrs. Isaman to my students, any number of endearments to my husband, “Amy” to friends and family, and various other nicknames my big sister has spent her life concocting, but now, I want to be a writer, so 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 + 15 year old. 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.

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.

6 thoughts on “About Amy

  1. Amy,
    I am so proud of what you are doing with your writing talent. Isn’t modern technology fantastic for us dreamers!

    It’s doubtful that the name “Swanson” means anything to you, so here are a few reminders of who I am and why I feel connected to you. (1) My daughter, Leanne, was a good friend of your sister (2) Your mother and I were contemporary Methodist children’s choir parents (3) Your husband is my nephew (Judy was my sister) (4) I attended your beautiful wedding and reception. If these are not enough connections, consider this: after retiring from TEACHING in Carson City for 33 years, I took a creative writing class and, as a result, wrote a collection of a dozen short stories/poems about my life and experiences.

    Becky Barney, my niece, sent me a link to your blog after I encouraged her to continue writing. I am impressed with both of you! Judy (your hubby’s grandma) had a lot of writing talent. About 15 years ago she got me interested in the opportunities that the internet offered to people like you, Becky, her and myself. As a result, I have constructed and maintain many web pages regarding the Rankin clan. (Also have several websites re golf clubs, etc. )

    If you’re interested in reading my “Memoirs”, let me know. I love sharing writing, no matter how immature it may seem. Most of my writing was done several years ago (have been too busy being retired).

    P.S. Your hubby was “strolled” in my daughter’s used stroller when he and his parents lived on 5th street. (How small is this world we live in!!!!)

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    1. Of course I remember you Donna!!! And I also remember “Swanson.” I seem to remember my dad playing on the Swanson Concrete softball team! Thanks for sharing. There seem to be a lot of “closet” writers out there – its been really fun finding some of them! Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Amy, I have many of the same reasons for starting my blog. I have always felt compelled to write for as long as I can remember. I have just recently started my blog here on wordpress, was using another blog site, but it is a great medium for people like us who are writers :-) Enjoy the conference, I’m excited for and well and, a bit jealous!

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    1. Good luck with your blog and thanks for reading! I have loved doing this as it makes me write and makes me revise/refine/play with my writing. It’s also been fun. I was worried that I would run out of things to write, but that hasn’t happened at all. The conference was great. Even though I’m at the beginning of this journey, I really felt it was money well spent. I learned a TON!

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