All About Amie-The Short Version
Amie Borst still believes in unicorns, uses glitter whenever possible, and accessorizes in pink. She enjoys eating chocolate while writing and keeps a well-stocked stash hidden away from her chocolate-stealing family. She once had a garage band, red hair, and went to Jimmy Fallon's rival high school. Today she wishes she had a hot pink elevator to travel the world, but her minivan will have to do.
All About Amie-The Long Version
I've been writing for as long as I can talk...and if you know me, that's a loooong time.
As a child I danced around the yard singing songs I'd composed and believing in the made-up stories I wrote. I won art contests throughout elementary school and was selected for the gifted art program.
While in high school, I continued to doodle and draw though my energies focused on music and writing for the creative arts magazine. In college my passion became the theater, attending various auditions in NYC and performing in local community theater productions. One of my favorite professors insisted that one day I would be published. Thanks for believing in me Mr. Clark!
I married young (just before my 21st birthday) and followed my husband around the country as he served the nation in the Air Force. This meant putting some of my dreams and pursuits aside. Children entered the picture and I dedicated my time to raising a family. But in 2008 I read a book that inspired me so much, I put pen to paper and started writing again. In a few short months I'd completed my first (still yet-to-be-published) Young Adult novel. I’ve learned a lot since then and I'm grateful the first drafts of that novel have not seen the light of day.
When I couldn't find a home for my YA novel, I did what any author would do. I cried.
Then, I put on my big-girl panties and I went on to write a series of Middle-Grade novels with my pre-teen daughter, Bethanie. The Scarily Ever Laughter series (Cinderskella, Little Dead Riding Hood, and Snow Fright) features funny (and sometimes creepy) retellings of classic fairy tales. The series was originally published in 2013, 2014, and 2016 by Jolly Fish Press but when they closed and my rights reverted, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hired the fabulous Roch Hercka to illustrate and create new covers. Together we breathed new life into the series. Cinderskella re-released in 2018 to a fantastic Kirkus review! Little Dead Riding Hood and Snow Fright both re-release in 2019.
Currently, I'm working on some more funny books including another middle grade series which features zombies, aliens, and bigfoot! Of course, after a trip to Scotland in 2017, I decided to fulfill my lifelong passion of Unicorns. The first four books in Unicorn Tales, a chapter book series geared for unicorn lovers ages 7-10, releases summer 2019! I also have multiple young adult novels in progress. I'm venturing into some uncharted territories but love every minute of the challenge! In fact, most days I find myself so deep into writing, I've lost all track of time. Good thing my kids are old enough to fend for themselves! Sorry kids - it's gonna be cold cereal and frozen dinners tonight!
I'm a PAL member of the SCBWI and one of the founding members of the group blog From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors! I love pink, glitter, unicorns, and chocolate but not necessarily in that order. When I'm not writing, I'm singing, playing piano, baking (lots and lots of yummy calorie-laden coma-inducing goodies), decorating cakes, crafting, drawing, running kids to a million activities, and homeschooling.*deep breath!* You can find me on various social networking sites mostly talking about those things. Oh, and occasionally about books, too!