Amy Draper is my pen name. I chose it after my Grams. Why? Because she was largely responsible for turning me into a Super Reader. At the ripe age of 12, she gave me my first Dean Koontz novel, assuring me (and probably my mother) that I was old enough to understand it. I was always a voracious reader, but after that first Koontz novel (Door to December, for any curiosity-filled people out there) I spent most of my teen aged and young adult years reading every mystery, thriller, horror, fantasy and sci fi novel I could get my hands on.
But wait, you might be saying. Aren’t you a romance writer?
Why yes, yes I am. Despite the fact that I read seemingly everything except romance as I was growing up, one theme remained constant in those books I considered favorites. They all had a love interest element. (I dare you to read Lightning by Dean Koontz and not believe in true love.) I just didn’t recognize it until years later when my sister lent me my first Nicholas Sparks novel. There is some disagreement between us whether it was The Notebook or The Guardian but either way I was hooked.
Funny side story… she lent me the book to help me pass the time on a 4-hour flight to Tampa, Florida. I’m sure she meant well, but that book led to my first (but not my last—I’m looking at you, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) experience sobbing over a book on a plane full of strangers. But that is a story for another day.
So how did I go from Super Reader to Author Wannabe?
I always knew I wanted to write. I wrote my first book (a suspense mystery) in grade school. I had an incredibly artistic aunt who was even kind enough to illustrate it for me. Check it out!
My journals are full of half-baked ideas, character sketches and rough plot lines for loads of different novels ranging from children’s books to fantasy. The number of
voices characters in my head at any given moment is truly dizzying. Last year I decided to give these characters an opportunity to tell me their stories, and boy, did they! What they had to say surprised me. Despite my life-long love of mysteries and thrillers, Mr. Nicholas Sparks made a lasting impact on me because my characters were all in search of one thing: a Happily Ever After moment.
So I decided to embrace my inner romance diva and start giving it to them. Scott, Molly, and Atlas the Great Dane from my Harmony Springs series were the first to find their voices, but they won’t be the last.
When I’m not writing or day dreaming about my next Happily Ever After moment, I can be found hanging out in Colorado with my husband and two rescue dogs (Marshal the Great Dane, and HRH Rylie the Boxer), sitting on the Board of Directors of a local animal rescue, or polishing my Best Aunt Ever award. (I’m pretty sure that’s a thing.)
If you love happy endings, interesting settings, and rescue animals of all shapes and sizes (rumor has it the 3rd Harmony Springs book has a rescue pig), this is definitely the place for you!
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoyed creating them!