Hi. My Name is Amy, and I’m an Author.

After years and years of blogging, we’re rebooting and refocusing the Parking Lot Confessional. One of our goals in this shake-up is to get more of the stuff that makes us who we are onto these pages. To kick things off, we’re reintroducing ourselves.

So…um…hi. My name is Amy, and I’m an author.

There are two of us named Amy at the PLC (or The Amy’s, as S.C. calls us). Sometimes it can be difficult to tell us apart. We both have dark hair and both wear glasses. There’s Amy McLane, who posted her new hello on Monday, and there’s me, Amy Nichols.

I’ve been writing seriously for about eight years now. I write for kids, focusing largely on novels for young adults. I’ve had a few short stories published and a children’s story anthologized. Late last year, I signed with Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary, and secured a two-book deal with Knopf Books for Young Readers. My science fiction thriller ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW will be published in the fall of 2014. (Yay!)

I met John "Bilbo Baggins" Watson!

I met John “Bilbo Baggins” Watson!

When I’m not writing, I’m running around  after my kids and husband and trying to keep the general mayhem to a minimum. We are a family of scifi geeks. We dig Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Avengers… The list goes on. We’re all geeked out about the geekiness around here. This impacts my writing, as well as my relationships with some of the not-so-geeky moms at my kids’ school. My witty remarks in the style of Douglas from Cabin Pressure go right over their heads, as do all my Sherlock references. Sigh.

Sometimes my life takes crazy turns and I end up doing unexpected things, like meeting Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch. Mostly, though, I’m at home in my comfy Hobbit hole, writing.

While the novels I’m currently working on are science fiction, I don’t pin myself down to any particular genre. The only thing I don’t write is normal. Slice of life ain’t my thing. Unless it’s a slice of life from the POV of a ghost or a dog or, perhaps, a ghost dog.

I just write the stories that come to me, and they’re usually a bit weird. And that’s just fine. I like weird.

When it comes to blogging, I prefer to write posts that (hopefully) encourage other writers. Like most people, I struggle with balancing writing time and family time. I procrastinate. I stare at the cursor and wait for inspiration to strike. And sometimes, every now and then, I figure out ways to make living a creative life a little more easy, and I try to help others do so as well.

If you need a cheerleader, I’m your huckleberry.

I also like science, especially as it relates to the things we don’t really understand. Dark matter. Parallel universes. And I like odd things. The supernatural. Cryptozoology. I’ve been to Scotland a couple of times, and think there’s something to that Loch Ness monster stuff.

Clara Oswin Doctor Who

Courtesy Den of Geek

I attend a lot of writing seminars and author events and panels and conferences and whatnot. Whenever I learn some juicy bit of writing advice or inspiration, I like to pass it along. So you’ll see that in my posts from time to time.

My hope as the PLC goes forward is to get more of these interests into my writings here, as well as topics in research, plotting, revision, social media, technology, book recommendations. You might even see an occasional Doctor Who discussion (Clara who?!). In short, I’m hoping this year will be a whole lot of fun and maybe, just maybe, we’ll learn a thing or two and encourage each other along the way.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.