Photo by Cori McCarthy

Third Person Bio for Super Official Uses:


Amy Rose Capetta is an author of YA fantasy, SF, and mystery. Her first novel, Entangled, was a BEA Buzz Book and received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. The second book in her SF duology, Unmade, is out now from HMH Kids. Echo After Echo, a queer love story wrapped in a murder mystery and set on Broadway, releases in October 2017 from Candlewick. More upcoming titles: The Brilliant Death (Viking 2018), The Lost Coast (Candlewick 2019). She holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. Amy Rose is the co-founder of Rainbow Boxes, an initiative which raised enough money to send LGBTQIA YA novels to community libraries and youth shelters in all 50 states. She currently lives in Vermont.


Fun Facts and Strange Truths:


1. It’s Amy-Rose Capetta. (As opposed to Amy Rose-Capetta.) If you call me Amy, no terrible vortex of darkness will open up and swallow you. But if you call me Amy Rose, I will smile at you like you invented the moon.


2. I grew up in New England, spent my late teens and early twenties in Northern California, and since then I’ve lived in New York, Austin, Chicago, and Michigan. I love coastlines and small towns and big trees and epic sky.


Amy Rose & Cori

3. Now I’m living in Vermont with my girlfriend, the brilliant YA author Cori McCarthy. We write together every day.


4. I’ve spent a lot of my life in theaters, mostly acting. Loves: Shakespeare, green rooms, theater people, that doubly-alive feeling you get right before you go onstage. Non-loves: “traditional” casting, random back rubs.


5. I once did a monologue on rollerblades in front of Kurt Vonnegut.


6. I’m queer! (But you’ve probably figured that out by now.) Binaries and I have never gotten along. I’m pretty femme, except when I’m not. She/her pronouns! If you’re a LGBTQIAP young person, I’m really really glad you’re here. If we get to meet, I’m happy to talk about being queer, writing stories about it, loving Sailor Moon too much as a kid and not understanding why, and having the world’s most adorable genderfluid girlfriend. (See #3)


7. I used to be a professional baker. I am always up for a long conversation about cookie recipes.


8. I co-founded Rainbow Boxes. What is that, you ask? Check it out. 


9. I studied the art and magic of writing books at VCFA.


10. Things I love that I want everyone to know about: the TV show Wynonna Earp, Sarah McCarry’s gorgeous/mythpunk YA novels, Lily Anderson’s witty/adorable YA novels, short stories by Kelly Link,  arancini (it’s Italian street food, just trust me), and the magic of writing in enormous, unlined notebooks.