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Amy Neftzger (born June 23) is an American researcher and author who has published fiction books, non-fiction books, business articles, and peer review research. Her works have reached an international audience.

Amy was born in Illinois and graduated from Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her bachelors degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and her Masters in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She graduated from both Universities with honors.

She has written numerous business and journal articles, but her fiction works have been the most commercially successful. In 2003 she published Conversations with the Moon,
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Amy Neftzger I started very young. By the time I was in third grade I had dozens of notebooks filled, especially with poetry. The important thing is that it's…moreI started very young. By the time I was in third grade I had dozens of notebooks filled, especially with poetry. The important thing is that it's never too early or too late to start. Just begin.

Some of your stories will be better than others. This is normal even for the best writers, so don't be intimidated by thinking that your first story has to be perfect. The goal is to keep improving and learning over time, and if you're writing regularly this will happen.(less)
Amy Neftzger Change projects. I always have at least two books and an article or two in the works. If one feels forced I take a break from it and work on something…moreChange projects. I always have at least two books and an article or two in the works. If one feels forced I take a break from it and work on something else for awhile. A change of scenery often works, also. Get out of your writing environment and go to a museum or to the movies. A break like this often refreshes the mind so that you can develop new ideas.(less)
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“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.”
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message 38: by Amy

Amy Neftzger Christian wrote: "Looking good on the drums. ;)"

Thanks! You're up early for your time zone, aren't you?


Christian Cee Looking good on the drums. ;)


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Amy Neftzger John wrote: "I just noticed you're reading American Gods. I read it awhile ago. I'd like to know what you think."

I'm halfway through right now and my feelings are mixed on it. This is different from most of the other books I've read by Gaiman. I love the concept of immigrants bringing their gods to he New World and then forgetting them.

I'll post my review when I'm finished with the book.


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Amy Neftzger Ashlyn wrote: "Hi Amy...Thanks for friending!"

Thanks for the request - looking forward to chatting with you here!


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Ashlyn Hi Amy...Thanks for friending!


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Amy Neftzger Lidush wrote: "Hi Amy! Thanks for friending :)"

Hi, Lidush - Nice meeting you here on Goodreads. Hope you're having a great weekend so far and getting some time to read!


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Lidush Hi Amy! Thanks for friending :)


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Amy Neftzger Peter wrote: "I like the Terry Pratchett quote 2. I've read 2 of his books. 1 discworld novel, Going Postal, and Nation, which was amazing. Have u read many of his books?"

So far I've only read Good Omens, but I just ordered Reaper Man and Small Gods. I'm looking forward to reading them. I'll add Nation to my "to-read" list, also - thanks!


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Peter Parker (Jay) I like the Terry Pratchett quote 2. I've read 2 of his books. 1 discworld novel, Going Postal, and Nation, which was amazing. Have u read many of his books?


Savannah Thank you for the friendship....


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Amy Neftzger Kae wrote: "Hi Amy, thanks for the friend invitation :)"

Hi, Kae - I hope that you're having a good day!


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Kae Santiago Hi Amy, thanks for the friend invitation :)


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Amy Neftzger Kate wrote: "Hi Amy, I just wanted to stop by and say thanks so much for befriending me here on GoodReads! I really liked this line from your blog: "Because to survive in the corporate world you really need a "..."

Great to meet you, Kate - and glad to find someone who knows how to put on a "Dave face" in order to get through the silly corporate world. I always say that I only go to meetings for the entertainment value: because corporate politics make people act funny.


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Kate Hi Amy, I just wanted to stop by and say thanks so much for befriending me here on GoodReads! I really liked this line from your blog: "Because to survive in the corporate world you really need a "metal" attitude." So, so, so true! My metal/punk ways have served me well in my corporate career(s). Plus, I totally agree with you that Megadeath is just awesome! *Throws up metal horns* See you around.


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Amy Neftzger Carly wrote: "Hey Amy, thanks for the friend request! Nice to meet you! :)"

Hi, Carly - I like your profile picture!


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Carly Hey Amy, thanks for the friend request! Nice to meet you! :)


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Amy Neftzger Mymcbooks wrote: "Thanks Amy for the friend request.

Ella
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Great connecting with you here!


Mymcbooks Thanks Amy for the friend request.

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Amy Neftzger Lucy wrote: "Hi Amy, thanks for the friend request! :)"

Hi, Lucy! Nice meeting you via Goodreads!


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Lucy Hi Amy, thanks for the friend request! :)


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Amy Neftzger Tamara wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite"

Hi, Tamara - looking forward to seeing what you're reading and following your reviews!


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Tamara Thanks for the friend invite


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Amy Neftzger Robin wrote: "thanks for asking to be friends"

Great meeting you and hope you're getting time to read as much as you want today!


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Amy Neftzger Luce wrote: "Thanks so much for friending me! Good lord, it's 2am here in NZ and I didn't notice till just now- I'm so addicted to Goodreads! ;D"

There are far worse addictions than Goodreads - indulge yourself and have a great day!

Amy


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Luce Thanks so much for friending me! Good lord, it's 2am here in NZ and I didn't notice till just now- I'm so addicted to Goodreads! ;D


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Amy Neftzger CJ wrote: "Hi Amy, thanks for the add. =)"

Hi, CJ - Hope you're having a good weekend so far!


alhafizol Hi Amy, thanks for the add. =)


Tt (Never Ending Stories Book Blog) thanks for the add amy!!! Plz feel free to stop by my new group http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/5... its were new but its turning out to be alot of fun! hope to have some chats with you soon!


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Amy Neftzger Lois wrote: "Hi Ms. Amy! Thank you for the add! ;)"

Hi, Lois- looking forward to getting to know you and your opinions of the books your read!


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Micah Jenilois Hi Ms. Amy! Thank you for the add! ;)


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Amy Neftzger Lori wrote: "Hi Amy, thanks for the friendquest! :)"

Hi, Lori - nice to meet you!


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Lori Hi Amy, thanks for the friendquest! :)


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Amy Neftzger Erin wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to talking with you. :)"

Looking forward to talking with you, also. Looks like we have a few books in common in our libraries :)


Erin Thanks for the friend request! Look forward to talking with you. :)


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Amy Neftzger Bëcs wrote: "Hi Amy,
Thanks for the friend-vite, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions :)"


Hi, Bëcs! Looking forward to your reviews and opinions, also!


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RJ Hewson Hi Amy,
Thanks for the friend-vite, I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions :)


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Amy Neftzger Gemma wrote: "Hi, I'll look forward to discussing books with you! Nice to meet you :) xx"

Nice to meet you also, Gemma!


Gemma (Passion for Novels) Hi, I'll look forward to discussing books with you! Nice to meet you :) xx


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