Amy Eden Jollymore is a writer and author of The Kind Self Healing Book. She studied writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, earning an MFA in Creative Writing. Her fiction work is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins and was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her nonfiction has appeared in Time Out New York, Natural Health, Scholastic, PBS online, Forbes, The Good Men Project, Ravishly, and others. She is currently working on a memoir. Follow Amy on Instagram at @amy_eden_jollymore.
Amy began her career in publishing in New York City in 1994, when subway tokens had filled centers, scrappily writing and editing for magazines, then websites, and eventually academic and professional publishers. Her first writing clip was a profile on feline drinking fountains for the New York ASPCA. Gotta start somewhere.
Amy was born in Duluth, Minnesota and has lived on both the east and west coasts, in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. She now lives in Northern California with her tweenish son. There is a cat, too, Ms. Wanda Honeybelly.
Say 'hey' and see what's on Amy's mind lately on Instagram at @amy_eden_jollymore
Other Professional Interests
Amy writes instructional content and has worked developing, writing, managing, and producing e-learning and video-based educational content for a variety of publishing, educational, and technology companies. She also edits/co-writes book manuscripts, thought leadership pieces, newsletters, and blog posts.
Amy's iGnite Talk
Amy gave this iGnite talk about growing up with an addicted parent, the well-meaning things people say about it, and a better thing to say. Talk title: Hacking the Phrase 'They Did the Best they Could.'
The Guess What Normal Is Blog (2005-2016)
She wrote Guess What Normal Is, a blog for adult children of alcoholics, from 2005 to 2016. GWNI is for anyone struggling with the emotional aftermath of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which include: family alcoholism or other addictions, dysfunction and codependence, religious rigidity, parents with PTSD, or mental health issues.
If you've got questions for Amy, just ask! Answers will be posted here.
iGnite | Sebastopol, CA, 2013
'Hacking the Phrase 'The Did the Best They Could.'
Petaluma Arts Center | Petaluma, CA, 2017
'Karma, Dharma & How We Get in Our Own Way.'