Books I Couldn’t Put Down This Summer

Despite my family’s zeal to play hard all summer (meaning little time to read but who’s complaining?) I managed to devour several good books this summer. I even tested out a few freebies just to see what other authors dabbling in the free market were writing. If you’re looking for a few good reads, here are my four favorites from summer 2018:

How To Write a Book in 30 Days

How To Write a Book in 30 Days

Beginning a new book is the hardest task a writer faces. After months of daydreaming, researching, and dreaming up scenes, it’s time to get them all out neat and organized and into book form so people can enjoy it. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s terrifying.

Volcanology for Dummies

Volcanology for Dummies

Every book idea begins with "what if?" For Love in the Time of Surfing, it was: "what if a woman gets drawn into a dangerous adventure to rescue her miscreant stepbrother?" I knew that the protagonist was some kind of scientific bigshot, and I needed a reason for her...

Why Female Empowerment is My Mission

Why Female Empowerment is My Mission

With everything that's been made public this last year about female oppression in the arts and film, in the workplace, and in science, my tolerance for this same environment in fiction is zero. I don't want to read novels featuring oppressed female characters, and I...

Hit the Ahhhhhh! button

Hit the Ahhhhhh! button

Finally, it's time to read. I have always loved books and escaping into one during the holidays (or any other type of family gathering) became my MO as a kid. There are pictures of me reading during family picnics, on camping trips, during Christmas parties, and at...

What if you never want to go home?

When my husband and I traveled to Portugal for a surf trip, I hadn't surfed a wave in over a year. We were living in Sicily, which is amazing, but let's just say is not a surf mecca. Every now and then, the Mediterranean would kick up some good swell, but it was...

Hardest Wave I’ve Ever Surfed

The hardest wave I've ever surfed is a remote Mexican beach break we'll call El Perro. The wave is burly, and sometimes paddling out can take what feels like years, during which I'm paddling like hell and getting beat up. It's a beautiful A-frame peak and often empty,...

A Surf-Lover’s Library

The nights are getting longer, the kids are back in school, which means it's TIME TO READ! To celebrate, I'm giving away this sweet little Surfer's Library! Click here to enter!   AMY'S FAVORITES:   #1 Caught Inside, A Surfer's Year on the California Coast, by Daniel...

WAP #66: Enchantment Lakes Thru-Hike

You may wonder what a surfer is doing writing about trail running. This summer, my family traveled to Oregon and the NW tip of the Washington coast in search of waves. On our first trip, the waves were perfect for my daughters: small, clean, and fun. By the third day,...

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