Amy Eden Jollymore is a writer, speaker, journal writing advocate, and author of The Kind Self Healing Book. She studied writing at Vermont College, earning an MFA in Creative Writing. Her writing 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 was born in Duluth, Minnesota and has lived on both the east and west coasts, in San Francisco, Boston, and New York. Her heritage is Finnish and Norwegian with a splash of Greek. She now lives in Northern California with her tweenish son. There is a cat, too, Ms. Wanda Honeybelly. (There are also foster kittens in the house who are being socialized for a hand-biting-free life in forever homes.)
Find Amy's writing on Instagram at @amy_eden_jollymore,
How Did it Start?
She began her career in publishing in New York City in 1994—when subway tokens with the silver inner circle were still used—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. You've got to start somewhere.
The Guess What Normal Is Blog (2005-2016)
Her blog for adult children of alcoholics, Guess What Normal Is was written 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.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
If you suspect that your childhood home was a dysfunctional environment or that you grew up in adverse conditions, take the ACEs Score quiz to see what your score is.
Trigger Warning: The quiz itself contains 10 questions that may trigger you, so consider waiting to take it until you're in the company of a safe friend or therapist.
They Did the Best They Could
Amy gave this iGnite talk (a talk in 5 minutes with 20 slides) about growing up with an addicted parent—Hacking the Phrase 'They Did the Best they Could."
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.'