My name is Amy Norton. I am also known as Ubriel Bryne and Jami Lee Montgomery. I have been a storyteller since my little sister was born and suddenly gave me a basically captive audience. Then, we started receiving cousins. I started telling them stories at night, like bedtime stories; only, they must have tended toward horror, because I got into a lot of trouble for giving them nightmares and keeping them awake. I started writing when I was nine years old after my mother presented me with a notebook and a set of pens. I used them to journal, at first. Then, I started tweaking the journal entries to make things turn out a little more to my liking.
As the years went on, my wish-fulfillment stories developed and grew and became an expression of my imagination. I got inspiration from the same places I do now; dreams, odd encounters with random people, off-hand comments in commercials, songs, radio, or various conversations. Occasionally, I would get a bug up my butt about some injustice or stupidity in the world and write an editorial article for the school paper.
Eventually, I got my first computer and started typing up all of my previously hand-written stories. I was a little astounded by the sheer number of them and not just a little bit disappointed by the lack of quality in most of them. I started reworking them and editing those old stories. They inevitably got better and I eventually realized this is what I want to do with my life. It took a couple of decades of life distractions before I was able to carve out some regular writing time.
Those life distractions came in the form of bills to pay and jobs to pay for them and a family to raise. Now, I spend my days with my two dogs, two cats, my hubs and as much writing time as I can carve out. My dedicated writing time is precious and protected, and my lifestyle is designed, as best I can make it, to respect that time. When I am not writing or researching or ensconced in my day job, I enjoy kayaking, fishing, hiking and occasionally foraging for wild edibles and mushrooms. I enjoy doing those things in new and distant locations as often as possible. As soon as a certain modern day plague has passed, I will be visiting those distant locations again.
It is my goal to eventually move to a much more northern climate. I hope to be able to be a full-time author and editor, self-employed, at that time. I want a loft office with a big picture window to look out upon the world. It would be nice if it smells good, too. For now, I am a professional editor with a legal Code publishing company. It is the greatest company I have ever worked for.
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