Whether Amy Sundberg is writing romping YA science fiction of self discovery or clever historical fantasy steeped in political intrigue, her novels feature intrepid heroines, refined prose, and questions of agency and power.
Amy decided she wanted to be a writer when she was seven years old. Her love of speculative fiction began with fairy tales, the Oz, Narnia, and Prydain books, and the agony of watching The Empire Strikes Back and not being able to find out what happened next. Her parents encouraged her to choose a more practical profession than “starving writer,” a strategy that backfired, as she then spent many years devoted to music and musical theater before returning to her original goal of writing fiction.
She also reports on local news with an emphasis on public safety and the criminal legal system in Seattle, King County, and Washington State. You can see her work at her newsletter, Notes From the Emerald City. She is known for live tweeting Seattle City Council meetings and breaking the issues down so people can better understand them.
When she’s not plotting how to someday have her very own library ladder or elaborate indoor reading tent, Amy is drooling over grand pianos and singing her heart out. She indulges her sweet tooth with some abandon (her favorite treat is pie, followed closely by ice cream), and driven by an insatiable curiosity, she has been lucky enough to travel to six continents. She can be easily coaxed into playing most board games. She has a passion for theater, and she enjoys cooking a variety of delicious soups. She lives in her house Graves End–which is in fact located close to a graveyard– in Seattle with her adorable little dog.