Mapleton Author Discusses Her Writing Career at Price City Library Author’s Night

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An author from Mapleton spoke about her four novels and her journey into writing at the Price City Library Wednesday night.

Amy Harmon has experienced multiple careers ranging from teaching English and history, to singing in a choir. Now she has found her rhythm in writing young adult and new adult novels. The author of books such as “Running Barefoot,” “Slow Dance in Purgatory,” and “Prom Night in Purgatory,” Harmon has achieved great success by self-publishing her work.

Harmon uses Create Space, aВ programВ which allows her to publish her novels for free. She cuts even more costs by designing her own book covers using pictures of her family and having her mother and high school English teacher as editors. Although her books were first available for free online, Harmon has now expanded her work to a broader market by persistent advertising.

“If you have a good book and keep after it, people will read it,” she said.

Outlets like Facebook and small-town friends have allowed Harmon to reach all corners of the world with her writing, even readers in New Zealand.

“Inspiration comes from action,” she said when asked how she comes up with her ideas. “I get my ideas while I write.”

She encourages all writers to be persistent and research the option of self-publishing.

Her new book, “A Different Blue,” will be released today on Amazon.com. Her other three novels are also available as e-books or in paperback.

Author J.D. Mountaineer will be the spotlight at author’s night Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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