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Amy Jones is a novelist, editor, and creative writing instructor living in Hamilton. Her third novel, Pebble and Dove, will be published on May 30, 2023. She lives in Hamilton, ON.
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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2023. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2023. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!

Novelist, editor, and creative writing instructor Amy Jones is the author of Every Little Piece of Me (M&S, 2019) and the Stephen Leacock Medal-nominated We’re All in This Together (M&S, 2016), which was adapted into a feature film by director, screenwriter, and actor Katie Boland in 2021. Her debut short fiction collection, What Boys Like (Bibiloasis, 2009), won the Metcalf-Rooke Award and was shortlisted for the ReLit Award. Her third novel, Pebble and Dove, which tells the story of three generations of women brought together by their shared love of a captive manatee, will be published on May 30, 2023 with M&S. Amy is the program director of the Flying Books School of Reading and Writing, and a frequent mentor in their mentorship program. Originally from Halifax, she currently lives in Hamilton, ON with her husband, writer Andrew F. Sullivan, and her rescue dog, Iggy.

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I never really had to hide anything from my parents, because they weren’t looking! I pretty much did (and read) anything I wanted. I can remember though, in seventh grade my best friend and I were really obsessed with the song “One” by Metallica, and the music video, which had clips from the movie based on the book Johnny Got His Gun, an anti-war book from the 60s that we were definitely too young to read. We tracked the book down at the library anyway, and we had the sense that we should hide it from our teachers.

I think the opening line of The Marigold by Andrew F. Sullivan is one of the most brilliant opening lines I’ve read. And I’m not even saying this because I am married to him!

Before everything that happened, before the towers, before the site plans, before the deeds, before the failing sports bar and two-bedroom apartment above it that often operated like another, more financially successful, unlicensed sports bar until the police shut it down after that one Polish kid got strangled with a pair of pink stockings behind the abandoned Shoppers Drug Mart a block or two south, there were trees here.

My desk is an absolute disaster. But I know where everything is!

I’m not a super big worrier by nature—whatever’s going to happen is going to happen. But this philosophy goes out the window when it comes to my dog. So I’d say the biggest worry that keeps me up at night is that he’s still breathing. Which is kind of ironic, because the biggest non-worry that keeps me up at night in general is usually his snoring.

I have two: foley artist, and long-haul truck driver. The first one is because I am obsessed with sound effects, and the second is because I love driving, and also truck stops.

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