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 maisymak.com.

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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…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,…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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Inspiration for the Week: i love the mothers

Many years ago, when I was the younger mother of two small children, I was so tired. The consistent lack of sleep for years was the hardest part of motherhood for me. I looked forward to an afternoon nap with an unusually ardent affection. Can I just lay down? was on autopilot in my brain. Also, I was still drinking a big glass of milk with an entire packet of chocolate carnation drink mix ever...

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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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We have read a lot of fantastic books this year, but did we miss your favorite 2019 Newbery Contender? Please "write in" your choice for the November book of the month.

 
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Echo’s Sister by Paul Moser (write-in)
 
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Other Wood by Pete Hautman (write-in)
 
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