Amy Leigh Strickland

Amy Leigh Strickland

Amy Leigh Strickland is an author and educator, teaching eighth grade English. Her novels include the Olympia Heights and Royer Goldhawk series, and she is the writer of the ongoing Olympia Heights comic.

Strickland was born Amy Leigh Albro on June 8, 1986 in a hospital in Nashua, NH. She was raised for eighteen years in Townsend, MA, participating in Drama Club, Girl Scouts, Art Club, Student Literary Magazine, and the National Honors Society. Amy graduated as a Gold Award Girl Scout, as President of her school's chapter of the NHS, and received the Flag Award for citizenship.

After graduating High School, she enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design. Amy earned her BFA in Performing Arts at SCAD, and she starred in Sharon Ott's 2008 production of Oliver Twist as the title role. During this time, she also took advantage of her electives, studying writing, Shakespeare, video, and World Mythology. It was here that she met her future husband, Kyle Strickland.

In the summer of 2008, BFA in-hand, Amy returned to Townsend, MA to plan her wedding. She began writing her first novel while working retail and doing freelance web design work. On April 24, 2010, Amy married and became Amy Leigh Strickland. Days after returning from her honeymoon, Strickland packed up and moved to Alabama.

Strickland's first published novel, Olympia Heights: The Pantheon, was released in July of 2011. Its sequels, Olympia Heights: The Weight of the World, Olympia Heights: The Blood of Athens, and Olympia Heights: The Cult of Kronos followed. In 2013, Strickland published Rescue OR, Royer Goldhawk's Remarkable Journal, an American steampunk adventure novel. Its sequel, Escape OR, Major Bedloe's Cold Iron War Machine, released in 2015.

Strickland holds a Masters of Secondary Education (English Language Arts) from the University of Montevallo. She runs a practical grammar vlog on Youtube called "Read Ink" and is the official vlogger for the Indie-Visible channel. In her free time, Strickland makes and sells nerdy leather craft items on her Etsy store, Polias Leather.

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