My Writing Journey

Playing with my mother's old manual typewriter was one of my favorite pastimes when I was little. However, I never thought about being a writer until much later in life. I just read...and read...and read.

My father is an entomologist--a scientist who studies insects--and I inherited his love of science. I studied Biology at Goshen College, then earned an M.S. in Environmental Science/Ecology at the University of Virginia. In between, I married my college sweetheart.

In my 20s, it occurred to me that maybe I could be a writer. The idea stuck. I thought about writing. I read every book in the library about writing. But I still didn't write. I kept busy raising children and caring for the critters on our small-scale farm, with occasional stints of teaching outdoor education.


Finally, I decided it was now or never. I wrote an article for Home Education Magazine, which was accepted. I soon started writing for the local newspaper and various other magazines. I then co-wrote my first book, Local Choices, with Karen Geiser.

Somewhere along the way, I realized I had found my vocation--a way to combine my love of books and love of nature. After writing for adults for a few years, I discovered the wonderful world of children's writing. In SCBWI, I found a fabulous community of critique partners, mentors, and friends.

Today, I am blessed to be able to read and research to my heart's content as an author and freelance editor. My children and animals provide lots of inspiration for my stories. When I'm not at my desk, you may find me hiking, scrapbooking, reading...or occasionally chasing a wayward goat!


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Lisa Amstutz is the author of more than 100 children's books, including Applesauce Day (2017) and Finding a Dove for Gramps (2018).

Lisa specializes in topics related to science and sustainability. Her work has also appeared in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. Lisa serves as a volunteer judge at Rate Your Story and as assistant regional advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio. Her background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Ecology/Environmental Science.

When she's not writing, you may find Lisa hiking in the woods or enjoying a cup of tea and a good book. She lives with her family on a small-scale farm in Ohio. Lisa is represented by Victoria Selvaggio of Storm Literary Agency.

© 2019 by Lisa Amstutz

Header image by Maria Luisa Di Gravio © by Albert Whitman & Company

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