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Posted on 02, September 2014 September 02 2014 2014年9月2日 by amy-ellis-blog

A Special Surprise

I literally just crawled out of bed to write this blog post— I haven’t even had my tea yet! As I was laying in bed this morning, thinking over everything that’s happened since I released “Thinspo” in the fall of 2012 and I realized that it’s been 2 years since I released it and it’s been 2 years since I promised a sequel. 

As I was laying bed this morning, thinking over what I could do for the two year anniversary of my most popular book, it came to me: the sequel. 

To be honest, I haven’t thought much about Jenni in years, her problems, her life. I was busy working on other projects and I just didn’t have a clue what happened to her after she shut down her laptop and walked out the front door to treatment. I couldn’t tell you what happened to her even if i wanted to. The end of the book was just the end of the book, ambiguous, just the way I had intended it to be. 

That changed this morning. 

Granted, it’s not a fully blown out idea and it’s not completely developed but it’s there: the sequel. 

Posted on 28, July 2014 July 28 2014 2014年7月28日 by amy-ellis-blog

Why “Fault” Is My Favorite Book I’ve Written

"Fault" was my second YA release as an author and, so far, is my worst selling book, my most emotionally draining book, and my favorite of the three I’ve written so far. 

Why?

Several reasons. 

First and foremost, I am a poet. My poetry teacher in college nearly blew a gasket when I tried to convince her I was a fiction writer. “No, you’re a poet” will always replay in my head whenever I write. You can see my poetry shine through in little moments throughout my prose but I feel like “Fault” allowed me to tell the story I needed to tell the way it needed to be told. 

I needed to tell this story. Plain and simple, this is a story I’d been trying to tell through snippets of poetry and short stories for years but it had never really taken on a life of its own until I wrote “Fault.” Finishing this book did more for me than a yer and a half of therapy. This book freed me of a story that had been trapped inside of me for a few years and once it was released, I had a chance to live again. 

It’s just a better book. Truth be told, this is the book I worked the hardest on and it really shows. You can tell that each word is deliberate and each poem is tweaked just how I like it, just how it’s supposed to be. I read it recently and finsihed it with a sense of pride at the end because, in my own (probably not so humble) opinion, it’s a damn good book. 

That’s why “Fault” is my favorite.