New Kid on the Shelf

Hi there!

I’m a new Special Edition author and I am so glad to be here, writing my first post.
Thanks to all the lovely seasoned Special Edition authors for making me feel so welcome—I can’t tell you how excited I am to be writing for this line that I love so much. I am truly in fabulous company!

Since it’s my first day here, and first days can be a little awkward even if you’re happy to be there, I’ll just introduce myself by sharing a few interesting facts about me. If we have anything in common, please invite me to sit at your table for lunch and I’ll try not to trip over my own feet on the way there! :-)

-I grew up in Austin, Texas and I’ve lived here my whole life, including college. My current house is only about a mile from my high school. Yes, I would like to try on a new state—I’m just waiting for the perfect opportunity.

-One of my favorite things in the world is skydiving! I would do it every day if I could.

-I’ve always wanted to publish my first book by age 30. I made it just in time! I sold to Special Edition on December 2, 2013, and my 30th birthday is in less than a week.

-I love to bake, especially pies. My favorite recipe is Ree Drummond’s caramel apple.

-I love all things Elizabethan, including historical romance. Just wish there were more titles set in this intriguing period.

That’s just a little bit about me. I’ll be sharing more about my debut release, HIS TEXAS FOREVER FAMILY, in upcoming posts, and I would love it if you’d stop by my website to say hello.

In the meantime, what’s an interesting/weird/fun fact about you?

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26 Responses to New Kid on the Shelf

  1. Dyan says:

    Yay for new SE authors!!! Congrats on your new book and your birthday!
    The one thing we have in common is I live about one mile from my high school (but it’s been a lot longer since my graduation ;) ). Our one big difference is I am definitely not an adventure junkie, no sky diving for me!

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Dyan,

      Thanks so much!
      Sometimes I love being this close to where I grew up. Other times…not so much. I seem to run into someone I know every time I leave the house, even in my fairly large city. Not fun when I just rolled out of bed and have to make an urgent grocery run. :-)

  2. Joanna Sims says:

    Hi Amy!

    Welcome to the SE family! Here is a strange fact about me: I am obsessed with learning Spanish. I am working toward becoming a bilingual clinician (I am a speech-language pathologist in my parallel life) and I watch Spanish television religiously! My favorite shows are “Pocoyo” (a show for kids) and Al Punto con Jorge Ramos (a Sunday news show). I just ordered two Harlequin “Bianca” books in Spanish and I’ve started to read the first (with a translator handy). Great first post!


    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Joanna,

      Thanks so much for the welcome!
      Those sound like very clever and fun ways to learn Spanish. A lot of people speak it where I live and in my past jobs, I picked up enough to be able to understand most conversations, but I can’t yet form responses quick enough to answer. Maybe I’ll try a few of your tricks. :-)

  3. Penney Wilfort says:

    Hi Amy

    Welcome to the special Edition,I’m looking forward to reading your new book, I love those Texas men!
    Thanks for being here today,

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Penney,

      Thanks for the welcome! I keep pinching myself to make sure I really am an HSE author. I will work hard to earn my place here and hopefully they’ll let me stay. ;-)
      Hope you enjoy the book!

  4. Amy–

    Welcome to the SE family and congrats on your sale!

    A similar fact about me — I was born and raised in Arizona which is somewhat unusual as we have so many transplants from other states. No skydiving, though! You’re very brave to love it like you do!

    I’m looking forward to your first SE!

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Stacy,

      Thanks so much for welcoming me! What a great family to be part of.
      I’ve always wanted to visit Arizona—you have some state parks that look beautiful. I’ve flown all over, but the farthest I’ve driven out of state so far is Colorado—of course it takes a whole day to get out of Texas. ;-) One of these days, I’ll have to convince the hubby to take another road trip with me.

  5. Hi Amy! Welcome! So great to have you with us in SE. My DH lived in Austin for several years. Enjoyed visiting there with him. Great food and music. A little like Portland, OR, where we live now. XOXO!

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Christine!

      Thanks a million for the welcome. Y’all are so sweet and I’m so glad to be in such great company. :-)
      I’ve always wanted to visit Portland—Austin is great, but I’m getting a little burnt out (so sorry for the terrible pun!) on the 100+ degree summers.

  6. amy o'neal says:

    hi!! welcome. im in Chattanooga tn. nothing to exciting about me lol

  7. Amy Woods says:

    Hi fellow Amy,

    Thanks for the welcome!

  8. Debbie Haupt says:

    Nice to e-meet you Amy. I LOVE all the Special Edition authors and woot I’ll get to meet you for real next month when I read all the September SEs :)
    welcome aboard!!

  9. Marcie R says:

    Hi Amy!
    Glad to read your first post for the blog. I’ve enjoyed the posts you’ve done on the SOLD! blog. Great insight into the process.

    It doesn’t seem we share much in common, but I’d still invite you to sit at the table with me. We’ve all been new once.

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Marcie,

      Always nice to “see” you. :-)
      I’m very glad that you’re finding the posts helpful. I’m so new at all of this that I really want to share my experience with almost-there writers. I definitely remember what it was like to be waiting for that call.

      Thanks for having me at your table! :-)


  10. Hi Amy-

    Congrats on joining Special Edition! Such a lovely group of both authors and readers. I am terrified of heights so would never in a million years skydive. But I love all things Ree Drummond so am adding your pie to my recipe file!

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Michelle!

      Funny thing—I actually never enjoyed cooking until I started DVR’ing Ree’s show (Pioneer Woman Cooks). She made it look accessible and fun, so I started and got hooked. I’m still more comfortable baking than making dinner, but I’m learning.
      Another funny thing—heights that involve ledges really freak me out, but for some reason, airplane jumping does not. Weird.

  11. Hi Amy!
    Yay for you making your goal – published by 30. Amazing and wonderful.

    My son loves skydiving, too – HALO – Special Forces trained. You kids are crazy!

    Next time tell us about your book – His Texas Forever Family. The title is intriguing. :)

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Lynne,

      Wow—I bet your son has jumped out of a plane WAY more times than I have. :-) It sounds like he has a fascinating job.
      I will definitely let you know more about my book in my post next month. It debuts in September and involves an art teacher and an uptight principal who needs a little unwinding after a tragedy. Can’t believe its right around the corner. Just in time for school supplies. :-)

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  13. Lilian Darcy says:

    Welcome to Special Edition, Amy, and to the blog!

    We have cooking in common, although I’m not much of a sweet tooth, so when I bake a pie it tends to be savory and salty – a chicken pie, or spinach and feta.

    Look forward to hearing more from you on here.

    • Amy Woods says:

      Hi Lilian!

      I love a good homemade chicken pot pie. Mmm. I actually use the same crust for both sweet and savory pies. Spinach and feta pie sounds amazing!

      Thanks for welcoming me. :-)

  14. You’re always welcome at my table, Amy. Congratulations on your sale! What a wonderful birthday present. You and I share a love of baking. It’s my therapy.

  15. Marcy Shuler says:

    Hi Amy! I love Ree’s books and show. :)

    About me? Well, I met my hubby on a locked Psych unit. And no, he wasn’t a patient. LOL We worked together.

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