August 10, 2013 3 Comments

I’m so excited to announce my new book deal:


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.


Me, having a good hair day.

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, I knew Abby so well, I understood what she was facing, and I needed to see what she would do.  It was a book I couldn’t put down once I started writing.  When I finished, I set it aside so I could come back to revisions with a clear mind. But other projects got in the way and it wasn’t until this year that I finished the book and it went out on submission.

If you want to know the scary truth, I felt like a brand new writer going out on submission for the first time.  Yes, I have two published books that I’m very proud of.  But they were geared for a tween market and my publisher, Walker, wanted me to write only for middle grade.   The problem? A MATTER OF HEART had to be older.  Abby had to be about sixteen.

That meant I was suddenly a YA author and on my own.

I needed a new publisher.

A new editor.

A new start.

It began coming together this summer. Wonderful feedback, contact from interested editors… I got that goose-bumpy feeling that something amazing would happen. And it did:  In the form of Krista Vitola at Delacorte.

Over the past few weeks while this was coming together, I’ve done more than a few Happy Dances (and toasted with more than a few glasses of red wine.)  But it’s never the same when you can’t share the news.  So I’m thrilled that I can tell the world now.  And I’m thrilled that A MATTER OF HEART is going to find it’s way into the world.  It’s so cool to be with a publisher like Random House and with an imprint like Delacorte that has such a wonderful reputation.  And it’s a writer’s dream to find an editor like Krista who believes in my story.

Spring 2015 feels like a long way off, but it’ll be fun to share the process along the way.

Thanks for all your friendship and support along the way.

And now, a new chapter begins. 🙂




  1. Caryn Caldwell Wow! That's fantastic. Congratulations! Sounds like your scary transition was worth it. I love the premise of your book, too. I've always had a weakness for Olympic-caliber athletes.
    August 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm · Reply
  2. Kiki Hamilton CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is wonderful, fantastic news and well-deserved!!! Can't wait to hold your next book in my hands. xo Kiki
    August 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm · Reply
  3. Bree SO exciting!! Sounds like a great read (As if you could deliver anything else). Can't wait to get my hands on it!! And then get it into the hands of my niece and nephew too!
    September 3, 2013 at 11:14 am · Reply

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