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I’m a biologist turned writer with a not-so-secret crush on Charles Darwin.  I write books about heros, scientists, and adventurers.  Like Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frodo Baggins, I’m persistent to the point of insanity.

I strive to write stories even half as good as my literary heros (Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Nancy Farmer, Elizabeth Wein, John Green, MT Anderson, Megan Whalen Turner, and Geraldine McCaughrean).  When I’m not writing or reading then I’m paddling a canoe, trail-running with my dog, or planning some new adventure with my crazy family.

I’m excited to announce the publication of my newest books: a four book, middle grade series called QUARTZ CREEK RANCH. These books, co-authored with Kiersi Burkhart, are heart-felt stories of friendship and adventure on a horse ranch in Colorado.

VW_frontTHE V-WORD: TRUE STORIES OF FIRST-TIME SEX, an anthology of personal essays by seventeen women about their first sexual experiences. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly said, “Frank, encouraging, and explicit, these stories never cut away from the physical or emotional realities of sex, and the collection is stronger and more valuable for it.”

Way Back from BrokenTHE WAY BACK FROM BROKEN is a novel that Booklist called “An exquisite and enthralling exploration of loss, love, and healing.” It is  story that is deeply personal on many levels, and if you choose to walk the portage alongside Rakmen and Jacey, I hope you will find strength in its pages.

Explore this site to know more about my books, school visits, public speaking, and other antics.   You can reach me via the contact form on this site or on Twitter @amberjkeyser.