In Search of the Write Space" is an ongoing author spotlight at MEAGANSPOONER.COM

In Search of the
Write Space:
Amy Christine Parker


Amy Christine Parker earned her degree in elementary education at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, and then proceeded to try out many different jobs, including collectible doll maker, fondue waitress, and inner-city schoolteacher. It wasn't until she became a mom and began making up bedtime stories for her children that she finally realized what she was meant to do. Now Amy writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat. Her first novel, GATED, debuts with Random House Children's August 6, 2013. Visit her at

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This week I have as my guest Amy Christine Parker, author of the contemporary thriller GATED here to show you all around her space! I’m particularly enamored of her writing companion… he reminds me of my own! Be sure to check out the international giveaway at the end of the post, where you could win a signed copy of GATED!

The Tour

This is where the magic happens....or the head banging, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, depending on the day. I write at my dining room table because I can spread out and because currently my husband works from home and uses our shared desk.

This is where I do all of my rough drafting. I write the first draft long hand. Always. When I type it in, I revise for the first time as I go which means I draft and revise in tandem.

This is my very chubby kitty, Oliver. He is with me most days while I write. If I’m in my writing chair he tries to sit on my legal pad. If I’m at the dining room table he’s laying beside me giving me this exact look because all he wants from me is food and to be petted, preferably at the same time and all day long.

When the whole family is home this is where I go to write. There is no door on my dining room/office, so to avoid constant interruptions, I end up here, guzzling iced black tea mixed with lemonade—my Starbucks drink of choice.

I usually don’t eat while I write unless I’m stressed and then all bets are off and I’m grabbing caffeine and chocolate.

by Amy Christine Parker

Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?

In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.

Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound’s underground fortress–the Silo.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she’d rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.


Thanks to Amy's generosity, I have a lovely signed copy of GATED to give away to one lucky Write Space fan. This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY to entrants over the age of 13. To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!

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11 Responses


    Also, that mousepad/notebook is gorgeous!

  2. Camelle says:

    I love the last one, the one with the Hershey’s chocolate, simply because it’s one of my favorite as in! :D Coke zero not that much but the Hershey’s bar? It’s heaven and perfect while reading or doing a blog! :)

  3. Ohhhhhh, the kiiiiiiiitteeeeeen = <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 My favorite picture is the kitten because he is lovely and the pic is awesome and <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

  4. Marguerite Gibson says:

    Ah, such a great post! I really love how Amy writes all of her first drafts in long hand!.

  5. Leandra says:

    Hmm…black tea and lemonade, I’ll have to try that sometime! And I think we have the same bookcases(Carson collection in Espresso from Target?) =)

  6. Leonor (Ner) says:

    My favourite picture is the lovely Oliver :) Such a cute cat ^_^
    Thank you for the giveaway and the lovely pictures :)
    XX Ner

  7. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I think GATED looks very interesting and I like the cover–it would be pretty on one of my bookshelves! Amy’s writing space is cool; the dining room table is a nice spot with all that space, and I LOVE her cat! Thanks again!

  8. Jessica says:

    I’m so excited to read Gated! And I love her cutie pie cat.

  9. Fatma Shahin says:

    Love the post! Your cat is so adorable. Thanks for the great giveaway – so excited to read this book. :)

  10. Kim says:

    I love the cat picture! He looks exactly like my cat whenever he wants my attention (which is always). Really excited for Gated!

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