Hi! So glad you are here! I’m Amelia. That’s me above. I just finished hanging my gallery wall… for now. It’s a work in progress. Seems to be a reoccurring theme of mine. It’s wonderful to arrive at a final destination, but I love the process too. I’m going to live with this WIP for a while before I edit it. Another theme I revisit often. This is also me below.

I’m a bit camera shy. Last PitchWars I hid behind a very tasty and very adorable kitty donut. You can still find that photo of me on my About page if you are curious.

I like fairy tales. Always have. Always will. Something about those happy endings and those cunning women get me every time. Damsels in distress, you say? I don’t think so! The tales I’m into empowered me from an early age.

Exhibit A: The 12 Dancing Princesses. A group of sisters outwit their pops and countless of wannabe suitors, have their cake and eat it too at all night dance parties, and have no qualms about using some clever chemistry to keep it that way–looking at you sleeping potion. It’ll take a cloak of invisibility and some fey magic for a poor, besotted soldier to even have a chance. Let’s eat strawberry cake and talk about how much I love this story.

I love this story more than strawberry cake.

I write YA low fantasy. I write happy endings. My stories include an abundance of romance, because witty banter combined with sexual tension makes me deliriously happy. *Aside happening here. I was very lucky to be my aunt’s plus-one at a production of Richard III this week. OMG the banter! OMG the tension! OMG Shakespeare makes everything better! (That link is mostly to showcase my GIF game, which is incredibly strong thanks to Dave and Cathy.)*

SMOKE, STEEL, & IVY is a steampunk retelling mashup of the 12 Dancing Princesses and the Myth of Atalanta. YA all the way with a strong, gorgeous, ambitious heroine. Nothing is going to stop Ivy from inheriting the crown. Not her impossible father. Not his ridiculous game to secure an heir/son-in-law. Not her sisters or godmother, who are determined to suture her broken heart into working order. And certainly not dashing (ahem…poor, besotted) Major Collin who broke said heart to begin with. But all of them together, plus some clever new tech tailor made to solve her most pressing political snarls… That is bound to cause Ivy some marvelous trouble.

I tried out for PitchWars last year with my first book. No shame in trying again. This is my second attempt with my second book, and I am back because my goal is the same. I want to learn from mentors who have experience and insight that I lack. I love my stories. I want to make them shine!

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to learn more about my influences for SMOKE, STEEL, & IVY  feel free to poke around. You too can try out for PitchWars. And of course feel free to post your own book baby on the #BoostMyBio blop hop. (I’m so glad they changed the name this year.) Good luck!


  • Adelle Yeung August 1, 2018 Reply

    This is so vibrant and pretty and delicious! I love the concept 😍 Hurray for strong sisters! Best of luck, Amelia!

  • KD Campbell August 2, 2018 Reply

    Ohhh, I love the sound of this! Steampunk and fairytales! Ivy sounds like a strong heroine I could really get behind. I hope to read it one day, sounds great. Good luck!

    • Amelia Hollingsworth August 3, 2018 Reply

      I hope you get to read it one day too. May all our book babies grow up to become published darlings. Good luck and have an awesome PitchWars!

  • Mandy Welch August 2, 2018 Reply

    I hadn’t heard of the Myth of Atlanta before, but I just read your post about it and I’m hooked! I love the idea of that + steampunk + twelve dancing princesses. This sounds great! Good luck!

  • Kathy Karch August 6, 2018 Reply

    Yes, yes, and yes to so much of that story premise! Sounds awesome. Best of luck to you. 🙂

  • Felicia Change August 9, 2018 Reply

    This sounds amazing! <3

  • Kim Long August 19, 2018 Reply

    Ameilia–this sounds awesome! Good luck! (also, I looove your peacock!)

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