Amy Makechnie

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Amy Makechnie is the author of THE UNFORGETTABLE GUINEVERE ST. CLAIR.

Like Guinevere, Amy grew up in the midwest and once tried to set sail for the Mississippi on a large piece of Styrofoam (she didn't make it.)

Amy nurtures her love and fascination for the human body by teaching anatomy & physiology to high school students in a small New England town, where they dissect hearts and memorize long anatomical words.

She is the mother to a wily flock of children, all of whom provide daily inspiration for writing. You can find her blogging about them at



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Amy Makechnie Hi Lonna! Thank you for not only reading Guinevere, but for leaving such a wonderful review - I appreciate it. These characters have inhabited my hear…moreHi Lonna! Thank you for not only reading Guinevere, but for leaving such a wonderful review - I appreciate it. These characters have inhabited my heart as well, and it makes me so happy when readers connect with them.

Gaysie was very much inspired by my mother-in-law who was a larger-than-life personality. She always championed the underdog, loved children, and was often seen as an odd, eccentric character - with a heart of gold. One morning she was burying her pet dog, which was wrapped in a black plastic bag. There was quite a dramatic funeral of sorts and I kept thinking, "this is my first scene" :). I definitely went off script as Gaysie became her own person, but the inspiration was there from the start. Sadly, my mother-in-law passed away suddenly before she ever read Guinevere. I so hoped she would be the one to read the audiobook. But I like to think she would have gotten such a kick out of reading about Gaysie Cutter and Guinevere St. Clair.

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Amy Makechnie I tell myself that there's no such thing. Writing is my job and I need to get it done. (This doesn't always work, but it's the effort that counts, rig…moreI tell myself that there's no such thing. Writing is my job and I need to get it done. (This doesn't always work, but it's the effort that counts, right?!)(less)
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Lupe explained. According to her dad, there were two roller coasters in America - one for rich people and one for poor people. On the rich roller coaster, people have money, so their kids get to go to great schools. Then THEY grow
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