My first kiss was in the reference section of a Carnegie Public Library in rural Indiana. I strongly suspect there was magic afoot. My partner in crime eventually moved away, but my enthusiasm for spending time in the stacks continued to grow. Kissing boys was one thing, falling in love with books was an obsession. Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, L. Frank Baum, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, Edith Wharton, The Brothers Grimm, Ursula K. Le Guin…all excellent companions, those deft spinners of story.
When I didn’t have my nose in a book, I was making music—seated at a piano singing jazz standards, or playing Strauss and Mozart on the French Horn. My university years were spent studying music history and theory, and although the path from musicologist to novelist may seem a strange one, it’s made perfect sense to me.
These days when I’m not writing, I keep bees, tend my garden, talk to ravens, and shake the branches of my family tree looking for stories to stare back at me from between its leaves.
Most of my work comes from places where the past collides with the present, and fantastic things occur in unexpected ways. They’re all fairy tales of one sort or another, I suppose. But no matter what anyone chooses to call them, they have one thing in common: strong women doing remarkable things.
I write the stories I want to read.
I write what I wish to be.
Book Jacket Bio:
Ami McKay is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Virgin Cure and The Birth House, which was a #1 bestseller in Canada, winner of three CBA Libris Awards, and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
While writing her new novel, The Witches of New York, she discovered several women in her family tree who were accused and tried for witchcraft. Born and raised in Indiana, Ami now lives in Nova Scotia.