What’s new? My COVER!

A Matter of Heart

This is one of the most exciting parts of the whole process for me:  Seeing the cover design of my new book! It's kind of a crazy thing when you think about it.  I wrote the book, imagined the characters and the setting and each moment as it plays out.  But the image that defines the book, that graces the cover and will likely be the first thing people see—that comes from the mind and the heart of someone else. What will it be?  Will I like it? It's exciting and nerve-wracking and stressful and magical.  In this case, mostly magical.  Because somehow the designer has created a cover that is nothing like I imagined but exactly right.  And that tagline...it's perfect.  I didn't write it but I wish I had. The cover is being revealed today on Gae Polisner's blog where I'm guest hosting a post for Teachers Write!  (If you don't know what that is, it's an amazing summer program that educates educators on writing.  Teachers Write! is spearheaded by Kate Messner, Gae Polisner and a wonderful lineup of authors—you can find them on Facebook here.)    I wanted to share the cover on my page, as well, for all of you.  So, without further ado:  the front cover for A Matter of Heart coming from Random House/Delacorte on May 12, 2015.   So, what do you think?  Can you feel yourself reaching for it on the shelf.... :-) … [Read more...]

NEWS! GLORIOUS NEWS!

I'm so excited to announce my new book deal:  A MATTER OF HEART will be published Spring, 2015 by Random House/Delacorte. Here's the write up in Publishers Weekly: Krista Vitola at Delacorte has bought a contemporary YA novel by Amy Dominy, called A Matter of Heart. In the book, 16-year-old Abby is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials, when the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition forces Abby to discover who she is without the one thing that has defined her entire life. Publication is planned for spring 2015; Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the deal. There was even a picture of me. I'm not going to lie. Seeing myself in Publishers Weekly is a very cool thing! A MATTER OF HEART is a story I started a couple of years ago.  Inspiration first came when I learned about a young athlete who had attended my kids' high school—and who had died from a heart condition when he was twenty years old.  In his honor, his mother created The Anthony Bates Foundation, and the foundation was providing heart tests at the school.  I brought my kids to be tested and met Sharon Bates.  I'm a mom, I have children who are athletes —how could I not be moved by this family's tragedy?  How could I not be affected by the reality of this heart condition that kills adolescents?  I knew I had a story to write. The first draft actually came easier to me than any story before (or since.) From the very beginning, … [Read more...]